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ONE Announces Six Finalists for the ONE Africa Award

Every year the ONE campaign awards a leading African NGO $100,000 to continue its work towards poverty alleviation and reaching the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). As an advocacy organization, ONE works strategically to change policies that affect the African continent. Gathering leading African voices is a top priority for ONE and rewarding African NGOs that help improve their regional communities is a way for them to support the work of Africans helping Africans.

Today, six African organizations were shortlisted as finalists for the ONE Africa award this year. After receiving 250 applications, the pool was shortened to less than ten. The six finalists are:

  • Zambia Open Community Schools (ZOCS) of Zambia
  • Doper l’Entrepreneuriat par la Finance Innovante et Solidaire (DEFIS) of Mali
  • Jerusalem Children and Community Development Organization (JeCCDO) of Ethiopia
  • Agricultural Non-State Actors Forum (ANSAF) of Tanzania
  • Friends of the Global Fund Africa of Nigeria; and
  • Réseau Accès aux Médicaments Essentiels (RAME) of Burkina Faso.

You can read more about each organization and watch videos on the ONE blog. The ONE Africa Award winner will be announced at a ceremony to be held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on 8 November 2013 as part of the African Media Leaders Forum.

Our Newest Partnerships: Oxfam America and Kangu

Oxfam AmericaWe are always thrilled to work with some of the best NGOs and nonprofits in the world. Today, we are announcing our newest partnerships with Oxfam America and Kangu. We look forward to working with Kangu to spread the word about maternal health and healthy pregnancies in developing countries in both Africa and Asia. And we look forward to working with Oxfam America to raise awareness about food security, poverty, hunger and injustice.

Join us in welcoming them to our community of committed moms around the world who believe in using their voices as catalysts for good.

Welcome!

The Best NGO Video of the Year

I know it’s a little too early to crown a NGO video the best of the year, but this one from Water is Life will be hard to top.

Water is Life created a short film that shows a four-year-old Kenyan boy fulfilling a bucket list from staying at a hotel to flying in an airplane to seeing the beach for the first time. No child should have a bucket list at the age of four. This film put the problem of under 5 child mortality in the world’s face by using the voice of a small child to drive awareness. It’s absurd for a four-year-old child to have a bucket life just as the rate of under five child mortality from bad water and preventable causes is equally as absurd. The video is brilliantly done, which is very hard to do.

World Food Programme Releases First Logistics Report

When you think of the logistics of humanitarian aid there is no better United Nations agency in the world that documents, shares, and reports on the remarkable work they do than the World Food Programme (WFP). With a separate department devoted entirely to logistics, the WFP shares multiple ways in which they deliver food aid to those who desperately need it.

WFP Logistics in 2012The WFP recently released its first annual logistics report that provides minute details about the air, sea, and surface transport used to deliver food as well as the cost-cutting measures they are taking to ensure monies that can be used for food aid is not frivolously spent on transport. For logistics geeks, the annual report is an eye-opening look into the way humanitarian food – most of which goes to Africa –  is moved through the world. It is not easy nor is it inexpensive. In fact, the average cost to transport food is $100 per metric ton for sea delivery, $180 per metric ton per land delivery, and a whopping $3500 per metric ton for air drops. The World Food Programme’s logistics budget for 2012 was $986 million reaching 70 countries according to the report.

With such a massive workload of global humanitarian food distribution the World Food Programme is also tightening the way in which it monitors the food it provides to hungry populations. With a new system called LESS, the World Food Programme will be able to monitor all of its commodities  online in one single system.

“LESS has empowered WFP country offices in Liberia and Sierra Leone, and their remote sub-offices and warehouses, with real-time supply chain management and commodity reporting capabilities. As two post-conflict countries, they are not the simplest places to deploy high-tech solutions, reaching far beyond the capitals. LESS accurately accounts for every kilogram of food; it records supply chain transactions all the way to the
beneficiaries’ own neighbourhoods. Extending this powerful capability throughout WFP will dramatically boost our efficiency and accountability,” said Ertharin Cousin, Executive Director, WFP.

The report also lays out the country donors that collectively provided $177 million to WFP Special Operations in 2012. The European Union donated the most with the United States coming in third place in donor monies. Additionally the private sector has donated to the humanitarian efforts including Caterpillar, PepsiCo, UPS, and Renault Trucks.

Visit the World Food Programme Logistics to learn more at www.wfp.org/logistics.

The Global Move Toward Greater Transparency

Becoming increasingly involved in global development news and issues requires a bit of putting pieces of the global puzzle together. Without doing that, the full picture is always clouded. Attempting to figure out why some global development programs work and others don’t, or trying to piece together who works in partnership with whom, or who funds specific projects can be hard to know. That cloudiness becomes problematic as it makes it harder to tell the fullest, most accurate stories. This is certainly not lost on many. Transparency is becoming a mainstay instead of an afterthought in the global aid community.

Last week Britain’s Department for International Development (DFID) launched its Development Tracker where you can see the amount and to whom Britain provides development aid. This week GAVI released its 2012 Progress Report. The report publishes key vaccine data from last year and the GAVI Alliance web site itself houses a plethora of easily accessible data that can help shed light on expenditures, payments, and vaccine roll-out dates.

Next week as the world has its eyes on the G8 Summit, the ONE Campaign will push for more extractive transparency where they will call on the major governments to require companies that remove oil, gas and minerals from Africa to report what and how much is extracted. The progress on extractive transparency is slow going as companies, lobbyists, and unions fight for their own interests to keep that information covered. And, yet, governments, including the US and UK, have come on board to require increased scrutiny and transparency to the extractive sector.

There is also increased transparency in global development programs and how much is funded by foundations. Launched in 2010 Glass Pockets created by the Foundation Center  effectively allows everyone – media, researchers, developers, the public – to view the grants foundations have made to nonprofits and global NGOs. What Glass Pockets has done is opened up grant data for the world to see. The reasons are many: transparency in giving, transparency in communications, transparency in the types of programs funded. Last year, Glass Pockets released the Reporting Commitment, a robust database of the grants made by the world’s largest foundations including the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Rockefeller Foundation, the Annenberg Foundation and others. The foundations have agreed to release this data quarterly in an effort to keep data current and transparency effective.

The more transparent the global development community is the better for everyone. Real change can take place for the communities that most need aid and a broader story of how things work gets told.