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DATA is an advocacy organization dedicated to eradicating extreme poverty and AIDS in Africa.
Founded by U2 lead singer Bono, Bobby Shriver and activists from the Jubilee "Drop the Debt" campaign in 2002, DATA calls on the governments of the world's wealthiest nations to keep their existing commitments to Africa and adopt new trade and aid policies that will help Africans put themselves on the path to long-term prosperity and stability. We call on Africa's leaders to strengthen democracy, accountability and transparency in government so that Africa's citizens can monitor how effectively these funds are being deployed.
In 2005, DATA and campaigners around the world helped persuade the G8 donor nations -- U.S., U.K., Germany, France, Canada, Italy and Japan -- to reach an unprecedented agreement that included $25 billion in additional development assistance for Africa by 2010, broad debt cancellation, universal access to education, near universal access to AIDS and malaria treatment and prevention. DATA is monitoring the G8's progress on keeping these commitments and holding government leaders to public account. If kept, these promises will save millions of lives and mark a turning point in the West's relationship with Africa.
DATA has helped focus public attention on how to beat AIDS and extreme poverty in Africa by working closely with politicians, the media and celebrities. Through high-profile events and grass-roots campaigns like Live 8, Make Poverty History, Deine Stimme Gegen Armut, the ONE Campaign and Product (RED), DATA reaches millions of people in schools, shopping malls, business parks, football fields and churches. DATA works to build popular movements of people who want their governments to help Africans achieve a better future.
From our offices in Washington D.C. and Los Angeles, we work with political, media and faith leaders to raise awareness in the U.S. about the toll extreme poverty is taking in Africa and how we can save lives and stabilize communities with tested, proven solutions. In America we work in partnership with the ONE Campaign and other non-governmental organizations to build a movement of Americans who want the U.S. to take a leadership role in helping Africans fight AIDS and extreme poverty.
In Europe, our offices in London and Berlin raise awareness and put pressure on the leadership of the UK, France, Germany and Italy to keep their promises to Africa and, where possible, build upon them.
In Abuja, Nigeria we work with African leaders from across the continent to gather on-the-ground intelligence about which anti-AIDS and poverty interventions are working, and which are not. We then feed that intelligence back into our work with policymakers in Europe and the U.S.”
DATA argues that supporting Africa is essential to our economic and national security interests. However, at the core of DATA's beliefs is a view that these issues are not about charity, but about equality and justice. For the first time in human history, we have the science, the technology and the money to end extreme poverty. With this unprecedented historic opportunity comes the responsibility to act.
We can be the great generation that makes poverty history.
- Nelson Mandela
Africa makes a fool of our idea of justice; it makes a farce of our idea of equality. It mocks our pieties, it doubts our concern, it questions our commitment.
6,500 Africans are still dying every day of a preventable, treatable disease, for lack of drugs we can buy at any drug store. This is not about charity - this is about justice and equality.
- Bono, National Prayer Breakfast, February 2, 2006