ONE Campaign wins Commitment to Development Award

I’m a huge fan of the ONE Campaign, so I’m excited to see the organization get some recognition by a very smart bunch of people.  According to an announcement from the Center for Global Development:

The ONE Campaign, an advocacy organization that raised awareness about global poverty during the 2008 U.S. presidential elections, is the 2008 winner of the Commitment to Development “Ideas in Action” Award, sponsored jointly by the Center for Global Development (CGD) and Foreign Policy magazine.

The award, granted annually since 2003, honors an individual or organization from the rich world that has made a significant contribution to changing attitudes and policies toward the developing world.

Through its ONE Vote ‘08 initiative, ONE mobilized 2 million supporters to sign petitions, raise awareness in their communities, and encourage the presidential candidates to explain how they would improve U.S. policies that affect poor people in developing countries. After the election, ONE pushed for President-elect Barack Obama and other newly elected officials to keep their commitments to the world’s poor in the face of the global financial crisis.

Since its inception, the Commitment of Development Award has been given to the Utstein Group, Oxfam’s Make Trade Fair Campaign, Gordan Brown (the UK’s Chancellor of the Exchequer when he received the award in 2005, now British PM), Jim Kolbe (then a Republican Congressman from Arizona), and Global Witness.  You can find out more about the award, and previous recipients, here.

ONE Campaign president and CEO David Lane had this to say about the award:

“This award underscores how every American—no matter his or her zip code, career or political persuasion—can make a real difference in the priorities of a president. Americans of all stripes tracked the presidential candidates at almost every coffee shop, town hall meeting, and campaign rally, winning amazing commitments from the candidates to tackle extreme poverty and global disease. We were proud to have joined with so many other organizations in doing this important work.”

The ONE Campaign is a great organization, and getting involved couldn’t be simpler.  To sign up or learn more, visit http://www.one.org.

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~ by h.e.g. on December 26, 2008.

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