One World Action

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One World Action is a charity based in London whose aims are a world free from poverty and oppression, where strong democracies safeguard people's rights.

One World Action (OWA) supports partner organisations in Asia, Africa and Central America, that work according to the principles of democracy. Many supported projects tackle gender inequality.

All OWA programmes are initiated by local people, providing understanding and meeting of local needs.[1]

One World Action, formerly named The Bernt Carlsson Trust, was founded by Glenys Kinnock on December 21, 1989 – exactly one year after UN Commissioner for Namibia, Bernt Carlsson, was killed in the Pan Am Flight 103 crash.

The charity is affiliated with Solidar, which is a European network of NGOs working to advance social justice in Europe and worldwide.

Some activities

  • Nearly 300,000 people in Angola were given access to clean water through the work of a One World Action partner, the Development Workshop.
  • The rural poor in Bangladesh through mediation a One World Action partner, Nagorik Uddyog, has settled nearly 1000 separate cases of conflict.
  • In Nicaragua a One World Action partner, Movimiento Maria Elena Cuadra, provides training to women factory workers in the Export Processing Zones about labour rights and health & safety.


  1. One World Action, Rinoceros Directory

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