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Talking about another issue to address, I loved to see the video of this Clinton Global Initiative. Have you seen this Mo Ibrahim? What a way to put the transparency issue on the table! He seems a calm man but when he opened the mouth I freaked ut! Wow! :D

 

He made clear he won't be supporting any kind of hidden business... I don't know how it will turn out to be, but I hope governments won't leave this man alone in the fight. I don't think so, as the people there seemed to be listening and Clinton the moderator didn't show any intention of kicking him out... In fact, it was the opposite what it happened. :P  But yes, when Ibrahim said half of the businessmen there were corrupt... wow...

 

No one wanted this complicated business but why on earth are the deals with phantom firms so rooted? Some will say: because people din't think transparency deals were possible in Africa. They just thought the transparecy fighters like Mo were going to leave the country and abandon the fight! Can you believe it?

 

But he didn't isn't it?

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U2 and wives share the spotlight at artist Anne Madden’s exhibition

 

Rock royalty U2 turned out to support "an old friend" and add a touch of superstar glamour to artist Anne Madden's new exhibition.

 

Bono, the Edge and their wives Ali Hewson and Morleigh Steinberg attended the opening of 'Dark and Light', Madden's first exhibition in four years.

 

Drummer Larry and his other half Anne Mullen followed shortly behind and U2 bass player Adam Clayton was the only member of the band not present.

 

London-born Madden established a friendship with U2 over 20 years ago and the group have been collectors of her work for more than a decade.

 

"I met them in 1984 at an Amnesty International event," Madden told Independent.ie. "I had no idea who they were at the time, they gave us the Joshua Tree album, which I'd also never heard of.

 

"They're old friends now."

 

Her exhibition of work has been unveiled a year after the death of her celebrated husband Louis le Brocquy.

 

Madden's work is on display at the Taylors Galleries on Dublin's Kildare Street until October 26.

 

 

From: Independent

 

Photo: Arthur Carron / Collins

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Nile Rodgers and Bono rub shoulders in Dublin

 

The pair were celebrating after Chic's victorious second sell-out Vicar St. gig last night.

Having met The Edge at Forbidden Fruit in May, Nile Rodgers last night got to hang with Bono following Chic’s second sell-out show in Vicar St.

Accompanied by the tag “Ireland is all that!” he’s kindly tweeted the evidence with Chic singers Kim Davis (far left) and Folami making up the happy ensemble.

 

From: Hot Press

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Bono attended Saturday in Delft (Holland) a commemoration service for the late Dutch prince Friso,

who died in August. There were 900 guests. The south African archbishop Desmund Tutu and former Secretary-General of the United Nations Kofi Annan were amongst them.

 

 

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(Picture copyright ANP/Robin van Lonkuijsen)

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Bono in the ONE Africa Award 2013

 

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The announcement was made today by ONE’s Africa Director (http://www.one.org), Dr. Sipho S. Moyo, at a ceremony held at the UN Conference Center in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The ceremony, which was attended by ONE co-founder Bono, Board Chairman Tom Freston and CEO Michael Elliott, took place at the Africa Media Leaders Forum.

Now in its sixth year, the annual $100,000 USD prize celebrates the innovations and progress made by African civil society organizations towards achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in Africa.

“The ONE Award is an incredible opportunity for us at ONE to shine a spotlight on some the most innovative Africa-led, Africa-driven efforts and initiatives by civil society organizations that are working hard to build a better future for African citizens. These organizations often tie public service delivery efforts to robust advocacy tactics so that systemic change can be achieved,” Dr. Moyo said, while announcing the winner.

ANSAF is a network of non-state stakeholders in Tanzania’s agricultural sector that brings the voices of struggling smallholder farmers to the policy-making table. The organization monitors Tanzania’s agricultural budget and advocates for the government to allocate 10% of its national budget to agricultural and rural development in accordance with the 2003 Maputo Declaration.

ANSAF is also using cashew nuts to develop an advocacy model aimed at improving the entire value chain of agriculture in the country. Tanzania was once one of the world’s leading exporters of cashew nuts. Regaining this position could contribute significantly to curbing poverty in rural areas that produce the nuts.

“The work ANSAF is doing to give smallholder farmers a seat at the policy table and to use the cashew industry as a model for finding the right solutions to increasing agricultural productivity and finding markets for that produce, holds enormous promise for the economy of Tanzania.  We’re proud to partner with them and with our board member Howard Buffett, who has dedicated much of his life to agriculture development and funds this special award,” said Michael Elliott.

Accepting the trophy from Tom Freston, ANSAF’s Executive Director Audax Rukonge said:

“This is Award is for Tanzanian and African smallholder farmers who work had to ensure Africa has enough food to feed the nations.”

Speaking at the ceremony, Bono described the information revolution taking place in Ethiopia and around the world, and how it is empowering civil society organisations to hold governments to account.

“The quality of governance depends on the quality of civil society, ” he said. “And the quality of civil society depends on the quality, the accuracy, and the relevance of information,” Bono added.

He also spoke about ONE’s work with civil society organizations campaigning for transparency to fight corruption:

“Transparency plus insight equals transformation. Capital flight is always at night, in the dark.  Phantom companies, with more wealth than some governments, can’t stand the daylight that would unmask who owns them.  Corporate and government corruption is killing more kids than any disease.  But there is a vaccine, and it is information. It’s transparency.”

Addressing the Africa Media Leaders Forum, which hosted the ceremony, Bono spoke out on the importance of media freedom and commented:

“To try and pretend the revolution in information technology isn’t happening is like King Canute putting his hand up to try and stop the waves. They can’t be stopped, they are tidal waves.  I would encourage this government, which has done such incredible work on human development, to surf these waves.  Not to fear journalism, but to encourage it.”

Two hundred and fifty-seven NGOs from across Africa entered this year’s competition for the prestigious award. Previous winners include Positive-Generation (PG) of Cameroon in 2012; Groupe de Réflexion et d’action, Femme Démocratie et Développement  (GF2D) of Togo in 2011; SEND-Ghana of Ghana in 2010; Slums Information Development and Resources Centres (SIDAREC) of Kenya in 2009; and Development Communications Network (DEVCOMS) of Nigeria in 2008.

 

From: African Press Organization

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do you think his tshirt says 'ONE' or 'BONO' under that jacket?  ;)

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Bono on stage with Youssou Ndour in Addis Ababa (Ethiopia).

 

From: @scatterolight on Twitter

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Bono: “Information, and the knowledge that flows from it, has enormous power to challenge inequality”

 

By Bono

 

Incredibly I’ve been coming to Ethiopia for more than half my life.  I say “incredibly” because in truth I still think of myself as 25.  It’s a rockstar’s disease – we are encouraged not to grow up.

But I’ve been visiting here since the mid-1980s, and I really think there’s never been a more exciting time.  You can feel it.  It’s electric, and rockstars love electricity. I heard a local band last night with lots of electricity and talent – Jano.

It’s great to be here at a moment of transformation here in Addis, and here in Africa generally.  Economically, socially, culturally, medically, technologically.  Huge transformation.

And the rest of the world is starting to see it.  The world is waking up to how extraordinarily wealthy the continent of Africa is in terms of its people, not just its resources.  And that’s a big shift in the north, because all we heard for years and years was how poor you all were.

And being honest, I was complicit in this; dramatising the situation to make sure that the poorest people didn’t get forgotten. And again, to be brutally honest, to break through our own indifference.  Some used a kind of poverty pornography to break through the noise to get our own governments to do less of what hurt, and more of what helped.

We fought to cancel cold war debts. We fought for funding for HIV/AIDS. We thought it absurd that what was a manageable disease for rich people was a death sentence for poor people.

We weren’t remotely interested in charity by the way, we were interested in justice.  In our heads, you don’t need charity if justice is done. Now the meaning of justice in the 21st century may not have changed—but the ways of achieving it sure have.

Which is where we get to another transformation.  The transformation of the media, and the technology that’s turbo charging it.

None of this is news to you because—well, you write the news!  Traditional models of journalism are changing.  This is true not just in Africa, of course, but where I come from as well.  When almost everyone’s got a phone—and everyone with a phone is a broadcaster—what does it even mean to be a journalist today?

I know it’s a little early in the day to get existential on you, but bear with me a moment.  The demand for information and the flow of information are unstoppable.  We know this.  But what’s still in short supply is what you provide.  Analysis.  Intelligence.  Interpretation.

In other words: not just volume of information, but quality of information.

This, if you want to know my view, is what it means to be a journalist today.  Using your professional insight to turn information into knowledge.

People, citizens, fact-based activists, the “factivists”, are depending on that.  They’re demanding access to information that affects their lives.  Economic development, social progress, human health – all this depends on open data.  Not raw data, necessarily, but open data. Dug up in many cases by your efforts and made useful, made intelligible, by your analysis.

That’s how the transformation of media is helping drive the other transformations.  The quality of governance depends on the quality of civil society, and the quality of civil society depends on the quality—the accuracy, the relevance—of information.

I’d like to pause on an issue that ONE has been working on, with the great Mo Ibrahim, to make sure that at least some of the wealth under the ground in resource-rich countries like Ethiopia ends up in the hands of the people living above it.

We were responding to civil society groups over here demanding transparency – demanding that we join with them in tackling corruption north and south of the equator.

ONE, working with Publish What You Pay, were thrilled to get a law passed in the US and the EU that forced all oil companies on those stock exchanges to reveal who they’re paying, for what, and where. Project by project, no exemptions.

We were thrilled.  The oil companies were not. In fact the American Petroleum Institute has taken legal action to challenge this.  In the US, they sued the SEC, presumably because they want to carry on their dealings in the dark.  The court ruled in their favour. For the moment.

Are they blocking this because they understand a very simple equation?

Transparency plus insight equals transformation.

Why do oil companies not want the public to know how much they are paying for drilling rights?  Why is opacity so important to big business?

Capital flight is always at night, in the dark. Phantom companies, with more wealth than some governments, can’t stand the daylight that would unmask who owns them.

We now know corporate and government corruption is killing more kids than any disease. But guess what?  There is a vaccine and it is transparency.

We used to be known as the ‘get the cheque’ people.  We’re still that, but now we are also the ‘follow the money’ people. And by we, I really mean YOU.

Which brings me to another equation:  the relationship between freedom of information, stability and security. A little bit of a hot button topic at this conference.

I know where I stand on this, and over the week as I meet with the leadership I’ll be respectfully raising it.  As I did with Prime Minister Meles, whom I was honoured to call a friend. The great thing about friendship is you can agree on some things and disagree on others.  And we did.

Where I stand is that information, and the knowledge that flows from it, has enormous power to challenge inequality. Of course, it has enormous power to challenge everything—the whole order of things—which is why countries have often tried to control information.  And when that doesn’t work, governments have tried to control journalists.

This is not good politics. Actually this is just not good.  Full Stop. It’s also not the right thing to do.  And let’s face it, today it’s becoming a physical impossibility, wherever you are in the world.

To try and pretend the revolution in information technology isn’t happening is like King Canute putting up his hand to try and stop the waves. You can’t stop the waves, they are tidal waves.  I would encourage this government, which has done such incredible work on human development, to surf these waves. Not to fear journalism, but to encourage it.

Ethiopia has a story worth telling.  A story the rest of the world should hear.  The story of business leaders creating jobs, fighting and winning market share against the obstacles. The story of activists campaigning – and more and more succeeding – to keep their government honest.  The government’s story of incredible success in halving extreme poverty and hunger in the last twenty years.

This government needs all these stories to be told.

 

Thank you.

 

From: ONE

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I'm so glad to read that from Bono. I was reading and I couldn't believe it, feeling so glad to know that he and ONE really understand the problem. They are leading the fight against corruption with so much effectiveness and showing us the way. I feel so grateful for the actions they are taking. Yes, it is a huge challenge, but they are taking the initiative and already getting results because they are talking to leaders, raising awareness and supporting initiatives that work to build a better future. So they are creating the climate for changes to happen. What they're doing is amazing. What would we do without them? 

 

That's right, transparency plus insight equals transformation.

 

I picture the politicians like David Cameron manifesting, regarding to phantom companies: "This week we've had to face this, we've had to fix that. How on earth we've come to this situation? How did we get entangled in this, with all the problems we already have in the world?"

 

With Publish What You Pay, ONE got that law passed in the US and the EU. I can picture the faces of the politicians listening to ONE members, who were demanding more transparency and talking about the need to publish that information. At first, the politicians would listen carefully with a frown, asking and testing them, but guess what? At the end they would show an approving smile, unequivocally impressed and pleased, muttering "Very well". And a bit astonished. Surprise! B)  ;)

 

The court might have ruled in favour of the oil companies, and corruption goes on. But for me it is evident now that the attempts of control the information are more laughable every day. As Bono said, it's becoming a physical impossibility to pretend the revolution in information technology isn't happening.

 

ONE has started informing and warning about the damages and dangers that this situation has brought, and could bring in the future. And they will keep watching oil companies, phantom companies and corrupt politicians (as closely as they can, because they are not visible, they are quite elusive and so far they only have received limited informations from time to time) 

 

Big thanks to them :wub:

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GOOD MORNING AMERICA

 

George Stephanopoulos talks with global superstar and philanthropist Bono, on GOOD MORNING AMERICA, airing FRIDAY, NOV. 22 (7-9am, ET) on the ABC Television Network. Bono is teaming up with Apple's Jony Ive and designer Marc Newson for a charity auction to benefit AIDS in Africa. Portions of the interview will air on all ABC News programs and platforms.

 

Photo by Fred Lee/ABC via Getty Images

 

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Sir Jonathan Ive, Marc Newson and Bono hop into a unique red Fiat Jolly, one of the 44 extraordinary items to be sold at the (RED) Auction this Saturday, 23rd November, at Sothebys New York. Curated by Jony and Marc, the (RED) Auction features a collection of unique design objects with pieces ranging from space travel and lighting design to contemporary art and rare automobiles. Proceeds from the sale will benefit The Global Fund to fight AIDS.

 

Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images for (RED))

 

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Also about to be on CBS This Morning. [or not - Ive and Newson, just still shots of B]

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Mandela knew nothing could stop Africa rising. He continued spreading his message of peace and justice and freedom and he was finding true understanding because it was a matter of fairness and common sense. He had the power of the truth and the gift of his natural grace. It is not a trick or an artifice. That's because he was fine while he was in jail, he knew he was free wether they finally released him or not. He probably was planning who he would talk to and deciding how to make everything his way. There would be not civil war because he didn't plan that, etc.

 

In his old friend and partner Desmond Tutu he found the support he needed. In their conversations it was clearly they were on the same page and on the same wavelenght despite all the turmoil and confusion all around. They were struggling side by side, they choosed freely that, and nobody was forcing them to do it. That's what kept things going and that's how things must be done...

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At the end al the good things that he did for others returned to him 100.000 times bigger. There's no words to say thanks. The only thing you can do is to LOVE him!!! :wub:

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