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On Tuesday, March 17, 2009 The Center for Global Development and Foreign Policy magazine presented The 2008 Commitment to Development Ideas in Action Award to ONE--an advocacy organization that raised awareness about global poverty during the 2008 U.S. presidential elections. Through its ONE Vote ‘08 initiative, ONE mobilized 2 million supporters to sign petitions, raise awareness in their communities, and encourage the presidential candidates to explain how they would improve U.S. policies that affect poor people in developing countries.
Nancy Birdsall, President, Center for Global Development and Moisés Naím,Editor-in-Chief, Foreign Policy magazine presented the co-sponsored award to David Lane, ONE’s CEO and President. Special guests and ONE advocates Tom Daschle and Cindy McCain, along with ONE Vote '08 volunteers, were also on hand to accept the award.
Following the award presentation, CGD's Vice President of Communications and Policy Outreach Lawrence MacDonald moderated a conversation about global development advocacy beyond the campaign, with ONE's Senior Director of U.S. Campaigns, Liesl Hickey;CGD Senior Fellow Steve Radelet; and ONE Vote '08 volunteers: Michael Castaldo of New Hampshire, Danielle De Pas of Florida, and Matthew McAllister of Colorado.