Jamie Drummond

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2015: A (Valentine's) Year for a Love Revolution

(0) Comments | Posted 24 February 2015 | (09:39)

Cynics rejoice - it's been a couple of weeks since the annual festival of "amore" around the 14th February and you've survived. But here's the bad news: there's a plan afoot that aims to make 2015 into a whole Year of Love. Groan on, for this year love is on...

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The G8, African Factivism and a Future of Extreme Opportunity - Not Extreme Poverty

(0) Comments | Posted 29 May 2013 | (09:35)

Bono's much-tweeted TED talk launched the concept of 'factivism' and spotlighted Ghana, a West African country usually regarded as one of the continent's better managed and more successful "lions". The facts about Ghana's journey towards ending extreme poverty - and zeroing out aid - has much to teach...

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The ONE Effect: Feel Real Change

(3) Comments | Posted 24 November 2012 | (23:00)

As a teenager in the 1980s I experienced three exhilarating moments which shaped my view of activism. I was one of thousands who responded to the call to fight apartheid and enjoy the Free Mandela concert - and then Mandela was freed. We were asked to buy a piece of...

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Let's Celebrate to Accelerate

(2) Comments | Posted 2 February 2012 | (09:48)

Ten years ago today, at a small press conference in New York, Bono and Bill Gates launched an activist entity called DATA, with start-up funds from Mr Gates, George Soros and Ed Scott.

I was one of the founders, along with Bobby Shriver...

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Transparency Will Help the Aid Debate Grow Up - And Help it Grow Old and Die

(6) Comments | Posted 28 November 2011 | (23:00)

A life and death debate will rage this week over the crucial - but excruciatingly technical - issue of aid effectiveness.

This issue is too important for the public not to know what's at stake, because after all it's how their money is being used to save...

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Budge up Bono and Bob - Bill's the Big New Activist for This G20

(0) Comments | Posted 25 October 2011 | (12:33)

While Bono and Bob Geldof have long been banging away, pressing world leaders for progress to help the poorest with debt cancellation, more money and better policies to fight hunger and disease, there is a tough new activist in town: Seattle's finest, Bill Gates Jnr.

In a remarkable...

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This Week's Real Crisis

(3) Comments | Posted 21 July 2011 | (00:00)

"There is more in the news this morning about shaving foam than about nutritional supplies for children who need their lives saved." This was the impassioned plea of David Bull, Executive Director of UNICEF UK, on Radio 4. His frustration is understandable. Relief agencies have seen the...

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Making the Case for Overseas Aid

(8) Comments | Posted 15 July 2011 | (00:00)

Last week, Ian Birrell wrote a piece in the Daily Mail supposedly busting the 10 "myths" that he claims are used to justify the UK's outstanding commitment to help the world's poorest people.

I profoundly disagree with his analysis - an analysis which will only hurt and...

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