MDG Highlights

February 22, 2012 § 1 Comment

ONE is a nonpartisan grassroots advocacy and campaigning organization that fights extreme poverty and preventable disease, particularly in Africa, by raising public awareness and pressuring political leaders to support smart and effective policies and programs.

Unlike many NGOs, ONE itself does not have any ‘programs’ (such as micro-loaning, humanitarian aid, etc.). Instead,  ONE works to harness the strength and energy of its members (people like you and me) to press government officials and policy makers into delivering results on their promises to improve human development worldwide. As ONE likes to put it, “We don’t ask for your money, we ask for your voice.” That’s a refreshing sentence to those of us strapped for cash but free enough to care to get involved.

Recently, ONE launched this clean and well-designed (I appreciate that part) webpage to display our international progress toward the Millennium Development Goals. (Off hand, can you name all eight goals? Did you even know there were eight? Did you know there were any at all? Don’t worry, learn more). I appreciate ONE’s persistent attempts to highlight not only the problems, but also the progress that we see around the world. Too often the development community focuses on the mess and misses the success that we’ve achieved, which can lead to an apathetic and impotent attitude toward our ability to help. But the accompanying videos of ONE’s MDG webpage are both inspiring and sobering.

What do you think about the videos? Do they depict people with respect? Do you hear their voices and opinions?

No matter what you think the process to achieving the MDGs may be (i.e. more assistance,  more grassroots efforts, more scientific research), I think we’d all agree that they are worthy and important aims. So find something to do about.

You can get involved with ONE here. Or just stay informed about recent progress and policy via their blog.

As always, however, whatever you read at ONE or anywhere else (including on Bell Tolling) PLEASE SEEK TO LEARN ABOUT MULTIPLE PERSPECTIVES AND CRITIQUES OF THE AUTHOR/OPINIONS ESPOUSED. Insularity is the bane of progress. Don’t be afraid learn and judge for yourself.


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