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HUGH EVANS is an Australian humanitarian and an internationally renowned development advocate. Hugh is the Co-Founder and CEO of the Global Poverty Project.



Hugh Evans’ passion for poverty eradication was sparked at the age of 14 whilst on a World Vision trip in the Philippines. Living with his host family in a Manila Slum, Hugh was struck by the injustice of a world in which birthplace determines your life prospects. The abject poverty Hugh was exposed to Manila, and his experiences in India the following year, led him to begin his work challenging the status quo of extreme poverty.



Following a trip to South Africa in 2002 as World Vision's inaugural Youth Ambassador, Hugh co-founded the Oaktree Foundation; Australia's first youth run aid organization, with a mission to bring young people together to see an end to global poverty. Since 2003, Oaktree has helped fund development projects providing educational opportunities to over 40,000 young people in developing countries around the world. Oaktree’s success under Hugh’s guidance as Director, led to Hugh being named Young Australian of the Year (2004) and Junior Chamber International Person of the World (2005).



Hugh then began working to grow the Make Poverty History campaign in Australia, helping run the 2006 Make Poverty History Concert fronted by U2 singer Bono and the 2007 Make Poverty History Roadtrip, which saw campaign images projected onto the sails of the Sydney Opera House. The impact of these campaigns were later credited with playing a key role in the Government’s decision to increase its committed foreign aid budget from 0.3% of Gross National Income by 2015 to 0.5% of Gross National Income by 2015, resulting in an additional $4.3 billion per annum invested in the world’s poorest.



In 2008, with a grant from the United Nations, Australian government and British government, Hugh continued to build his impact in the aid and development sector, co-founding the Global Poverty Project (GPP). GPP is an education and advocacy organization committed to increasing the number and effectiveness of individuals taking action to end extreme poverty. The Project launched in Australia in 2009 and has since expanded to New Zealand, the United Kingdom and USA. In 2010 it helped launch the million dollar, international fundraising campaign Live Below the Line, and in 2011 Global Poverty Project worked alongside the Bill & Melinda Gates foundation to execute The End of Polio campaign which leveraged $118 million in funds to eradicate Polio.

Entries by Hugh Evans

A Common Passion for Ending Extreme Poverty

(0) Comments | Posted September 27, 2013 | 11:02 AM

By Jan Eliasson, Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations, and Hugh Evans, co-Founder and CEO of the Global Poverty Project

Even though we grew up two generations apart, our separate experiences set off a common spark of inspiration within us to end poverty...

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Telecommunications Industry Could Change the World This September

(0) Comments | Posted September 4, 2013 | 12:19 PM

Broadband and airtime. We all use it. We have all become dependent on it and it is hard to imagine life without being able to connect with anyone at a moment's notice. Access to the web and speedily sending a text message or image across the world in a millisecond...

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Calling All Global Citizens: Small Actions to Create Big Impact Against Global Poverty

(1) Comments | Posted July 11, 2013 | 9:00 AM

This week we announced that Stevie Wonder, Kings of Leon, Alicia Keys and John Mayer will headline the second annual Global Citizen Festival, September 28, on the Great Lawn of Central Park in New York. Presented by Cotton On Foundation -- which has helped build the best performing...

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Can Two Tickets Change the World?

(0) Comments | Posted May 8, 2013 | 9:44 AM

We know firsthand how powerful music is for bringing people together and creating change. Music transcends boundaries and languages. It moves us. It inspires us. And, it can be used to help us become aware of issues and ideas we may not have heard about before.

Throughout our careers, we've...

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Technology to End Extreme Poverty

(16) Comments | Posted September 24, 2012 | 10:22 AM

Using an iPhone in downtown New York, or typing at a keyboard in suburban Houston, you're a long way, physically and emotionally, from the more than one billion people on our planet who live on less than $1.50 each day.

The world's extreme poor -- concentrated largely in sub-Saharan...

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I Thought 'Aid Doesn't Work?'

(1) Comments | Posted February 13, 2012 | 6:16 PM

What we can learn from Rwanda

I've heard some great news from Rwanda this week. Rwanda may be on track to become one of the most compelling case studies in favour of foreign aid since South Korea emerged as an economic powerhouse late last century.

This week, the Government of...

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Highlighting the Plight of the Poor

(0) Comments | Posted May 20, 2011 | 2:33 PM

The Global Poverty Project welcomed the recent post, "Is The Global Poverty Project's 'Live Below The Line' Campaign An Effective Way To Help The Poor?"

Global Poverty Project staff, volunteers and supporters ask this question every day.

This is important -- debating the merits of what we do and...

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