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.

How can Americans fight dark money and disinformation?

Violence, corruption and cynicism threaten America's flagging democracy. Joe Biden has promised to revive it – but can his new administration stem the flow of online disinformation and shady political financing that has eroded the trust of many US voters?

Hear from leading global experts and commentators on what the new president and Congress must do to stem the flood of dark money and misinformation that is warping politics around the world.

Join us on Thursday 21 January, 5pm UK time/12pm EST.

Hear from:

Emily Bell Leonard Tow Professor of Journalism and director, Tow Center for Digital Journalism, Columbia Journalism School

Anoa Changa Journalist focusing on electoral justice, social movements and culture

Peter Geoghegan openDemocracy investigations editor and author of 'Democracy for Sale: Dark Money and Dirty Politics'

Josh Rudolph Fellow for Malign Finance at the Alliance for Securing Democracy

Chair: Mary Fitzgerald Editor-in-chief, openDemocracy 

Further speakers to be announced

Had enough of ‘alternative facts’? openDemocracy is different Join the conversation: get our weekly email


We encourage anyone to comment, please consult the oD commenting guidelines if you have any questions.
Audio available Bookmark Check Language Close Comments Download Facebook Link Email Newsletter Newsletter Play Print Share Twitter Youtube Search Instagram WhatsApp yourData