| ||organisation: OneWorld International Ltd|
country: UK & worldwide network
type of activity: online global sustainable development network
who: OneWorld is an international network of autonomous co-operative centres, governed by the OneWorld International Foundation and supported by OneWorld International Ltd., a conventional limited liability company that provides operational support and co-ordination for the OneWorld network. OneWorld is a “civil society network online, supporting people’s media to help build a more just global society” as its promoters declare.
short history: OneWorld was launched in January 1995 - named OneWorld Online - under the aegis of a small British charity, the OneWorld Broadcasting Trust (OWBT). OneWorld Online's success, coupled with the enormous growth of the internet, meant that its expansion was rapid, and it soon outgrew the parent body in size and scope. By early 1999, both Trustees and Directors felt that it was becoming a genuinely global organisation, not a British one with an 'overseas' outreach.
OneWorld therefore set up an International Governance Group (IGG) to research and report on the best way forward. The IGG included members from OneWorld teams in Asia, Africa and continental Europe as well as from OneWorld Online and OWBT. Later the IGG was widened to include an advisory group that included OneWorld representatives from South and North America. Much research was done: for example, IGG studied the expansion processes of Oxfam, the International Save the Children Alliance, Transparency International, WWF and BOND, among others. It also took advice from a range of legal and organisational experts.
vision: OneWorld has a vision of equitable and sustainable distribution of wealth amongst the world's population, underpinned by global attainment and protection of human rights and by governance structures which permit local communities control over their own affairs.
mission: OneWorld is dedicated to harnessing the democratic potential of the internet to promote human rights and sustainable development. Its main goals are:
networking: OneWorld's network of autonomous centres has partnerships with a wider community of more than 1,500 civil society organisations based in 90 countries. Partners include charities, human rights NGOs, grassroots community groups, UN and government agencies, university departments, environmental organisations, trade unions, research institutions, advocacy groups, and feminist organisations — groups of all shapes and sizes.
- to be the online media gateway that most effectively informs a global audience about human rights and sustainable development;
- to bring together a global community working for sustainable development through interactive online partnerships of organisations and individuals sharing this vision;
- to transcend geographic and linguistic barriers; in particular to give a voice to those typically overlooked by mainstream media and policy-makers.
The network spans five continents and produces contents in 11 different languages, published across its international site, regional editions, and thematic channels. Many of these are produced from the South to widen the participation of the world's poorest and most marginalised peoples in the global debate.
From the OneWorld International page you can launch into all the OneWorld sites in English (Africa, Canada, Latin America, South East Europe, South Asia, UK, USA), or in other languages (América Latina, a Catalunya, en España, maailma.net, Nederland, Unimondo.org, UnSeulMonde.ca, etc).
benefits: partnership with OneWorld means membership in a community of organisations working from a range of perspectives and backgrounds to promote sustainable development and human rights. OneWorld aims for partnership to reflect no single orthodoxy - but rather to nurture debate and to value difference by promoting inclusive and participatory global communication. The benefits of joining are substantial. For example:
- possibility of syndication to OneWorld’s daily news feed at Yahoo.com - the world’s largest single news audience on the web;
- inclusion in OneWorld's online Partner directory and full-text search engine;
- free use of OneWorld's Internet-based radio programme distribution network, reaching a growing number of community radio stations around the world;
- unlimited, free job/volunteer posting privileges on the OneWorld Jobs service;
- access to online resources and tools for collaboration; and special rates for OneWorld's production, database or extranet services;
- knowledge and skill-sharing at workshops and partner meetings on using new communication technologies for development;
- partnering and networking opportunities with other agencies in the OneWorld community.