Adrian Lovett
Adrian Lovett is Europe Director of ONE, the global anti-poverty campaign. Prior to joining ONE Adrian served as Global Campaign Director of Save the Children International, where he led Save the Children's global campaign for newborn and child survival, EVERY ONE. The campaign is active in more than fifty countries and seeks to achieve change through direct work to save lives, influencing policy makers and building a mass movement of people around the world.

Adrian joined Save the Children UK as Director of Campaigns & Communications in June 2007. In 2010 he was also part-time chair of the 1GOAL campaign to get millions more children in school through a partnership with governments and the FIFA 2010 World Cup. Before joining Save the Children, Adrian spent six years as Director of Campaigns & Communications at Oxfam. During this time he played a leading role in the Make Poverty History coalition and led Oxfam's Make Trade Fair and Control Arms campaigns. Prior to this he was Deputy Director of Jubilee 2000, after an earlier career in local commercial radio and in the office of a Member of Parliament.

Entries by Adrian Lovett

Worth the Wait: The UK's Aid Commitment Is a Big Step for International Development

(0) Comments | Posted 11 March 2015 | (11:59)

Monday marked the end of a long wait. 45 years, to be exact. The International Development Bill passed its third reading - the last step before Royal Assent. The Bill will enshrine in law the UK's commitment to invest 0.7 per cent of our national income (GNI) in international aid....

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For Me, Government Action on Global Health Is Personal

(0) Comments | Posted 5 November 2014 | (17:10)

When I became a parent for the first time, I expected the sleepless nights, the horror nappies, the priceless moments. I didn't expect to find myself standing in an intensive care hospital ward watching our newborn daughter fight for her life because of a sudden kidney infection. I didn't expect...

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It Takes More Than Words to Beat Ebola

(0) Comments | Posted 22 September 2014 | (13:06)

It is hard to imagine a crisis with the severity and reach of the Ebola epidemic currently sweeping West Africa. The outbreak of this deadly virus has presented the biggest global health emergency we've seen in years, perhaps even decades.

Almost 5,000 people have been infected so far this...

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Could It Be That a Bearded Man in a Dress Has Rekindled Europe's Appetite for Democracy?

(0) Comments | Posted 16 May 2014 | (14:30)

It has emerged that the winner of last weekend's Eurovision Song Contest, Austrian drag act Conchita Wurst, was not the choice of the elite juries that cast half the votes in the annual Euro-singathon. Instead, Wurst swept to victory thanks to the support of the public, who decided that behind...

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What Typhoon Haiyan Tells Us About the Best Defence Against Disasters

(0) Comments | Posted 15 November 2013 | (13:03)

Eight hundred thousand. That's the most remarkable number to emerge in reports from the typhoon-hit Philippines in the last few days. In a story of lives lost, homes destroyed and people uprooted, 800,000 people were reportedly moved by the authorities to safe shelters as the storm approached.

It's an...

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It's Decision Time in the Fight Against Aids, TB and Malaria

(0) Comments | Posted 17 September 2013 | (10:40)

The debate about the quantity of Britain's aid budget was settled earlier this year when the government delivered on its promise to invest 0.7% of our national income in fighting poverty and disease - a decision that, contrary to what the cynics insist, had the support of the...

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Aid vs Defence: A False Debate

(2) Comments | Posted 21 February 2013 | (11:56)

The aid debate in the UK at the moment needs one of those furniture labels: "highly flammable - keep away from naked flame". If you go near it with anything at all combustible, you're likely to get burnt.

There's a big question over whether David Cameron's reported comments...

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There Is Something I Want David Cameron to Do: Nothing

(0) Comments | Posted 24 October 2012 | (21:02)

Three years ago David Cameron, then Leader of the Opposition, found some stirring words on Europe. "Today", he said, "European countries need to work together to combat global climate change, to fight global poverty, to boost global economic growth...we will look forward to working with our European partners to make...

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A Golden Moment to End a Golden Summer

(5) Comments | Posted 15 September 2012 | (00:00)

Picture the scene: Trafalgar Square is packed, people spilling out onto Whitehall and round under Admiralty Arch and onto the Mall, straining to see. Big screens are dotted around for those further back. Children are lifted onto shoulders; flag in hand, heart in mouth.

The announcement is made and...

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Superheroes in Suits?

(1) Comments | Posted 4 September 2012 | (00:00)

I'm not saying everything I know in life I learned from Hong Kong Phooey. But somehow, it was the opening seconds of that legendary TV cartoon that sprung to mind recently when news broke from Washington of a big step forward in the fight for transparency in the oil, mining...

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My Pledge for Nelson Mandela's Birthday

(1) Comments | Posted 19 July 2012 | (10:04)

This week we celebrated Nelson Mandela's 94th birthday and it is a time for us to reflect on the achievements of the great man. I was lucky enough to share a stage with him in Trafalgar Square in 2005 for Make Poverty History. Today we still share a belief that...

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Oiling the Wheels

(0) Comments | Posted 30 May 2012 | (00:00)

Today we are squaring up to big oil. Adverts will appear in papers across Europe shining a spotlight on a few corporate lobbyists who are trying to water down a new law that could transform millions of lives. It's an unusual move for us - we're more used...

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EU Aid Must be Protected for the Poorest

(6) Comments | Posted 27 April 2012 | (12:50)

A lot can happen in a few years. In 2005 world leaders stood proud as they promised to double aid to the poorest countries in Africa. But fast forward to today and despite promises "not to balance the books on the backs of the poor", there are worrying signs resolve...

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Millions of Lives Depend on Osborne's Aid Promise

(17) Comments | Posted 18 March 2012 | (23:00)

For many of us, the British Chancellor's annual budget announcement is a familiar ritual. We watch out for the extra couple of pence on a pint of beer or a glass of wine. We wince at the inevitable hike at the petrol pumps and wait hopefully for a few pounds...

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A Wake Up Call in the Fight Against AIDS

(0) Comments | Posted 25 November 2011 | (22:00)

An uneasy sensation, of the pit-of-the-stomach kind, spread among the activists and donors supporting the fight against AIDS this week.

The Global Fund, the international partnership that channels money to fight AIDS, TB and malaria, announced it has been forced to delay applications for new programmes due...

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Greece is the Word. But can the G20 Hummus Another Tune?

(0) Comments | Posted 3 November 2011 | (15:03)

As somebody once said about these big summits: if you're not at the table, you're probably on the menu. And Greece has been breakfast, lunch and dinner here at the G20 so far. Its bones have been well and truly picked over. There can hardly be a morsel left to...

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The F-word: Why we did it

(4) Comments | Posted 4 October 2011 | (11:03)

ONE's new campaign ad is getting a lot of attention. Not all of it of the admiring kind. Yahoo's news pages brand it the "shocking F-word vid". In the UK, the folk who decide what is fit and proper content for TV ads are stewing over it. A...

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Leaders and Laggards in the Fight Against Famine

(1) Comments | Posted 11 August 2011 | (14:00)

From the tsunami in 2004 to the Japanese earthquake earlier this year, the world has a long-established system in which citizens of the world, and their governments, support each other in times of humanitarian emergency. But it seems not all disasters are equal. More than 12 million people...

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