Helen O'Connell

3 October 2005
One World Action is an NGO working in London since 1989 for a world free from poverty and oppression in which strong democracies safeguard the rights of all people. I am Head of Policy and Education.

We believe that real change happens when citizens know and exercise their rights.
We provide practical help to organisations committed to improving people’s lives in Africa, Asia and Central America and strengthening the democratic process.  All our programmes are initiated by local people, ensuring that local needs are genuinely understood and met. We reinforce this work on the ground by engaging actively and continuously in policy debates on international development issues, and creating opportunities for our partners from Africa, Asia and Central America to meet face-to-face with European Union and UK policy-makers.
Our partners include voluntary groups, women’s organisations, trade unions, workers’ and community movements.  They work for women’s rights and gender equality.  They promote democratic practice.  They demonstrate good practice in basic service delivery.  They engage in research and advocacy on the political, economic, social and cultural factors relating to poverty. We bring partners face to face with decision-makers and work to change policies that affect the poorest communities.

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