I was surprised to read the June 20 op-ed by Matt Patterson "U2: Great music in the service of a dubious charity," which contained misinformation about ONE, the anti-poverty, advocacy group cofounded by U2 lead singer Bono, with whom I have worked closely on critical development initiatives for the world's poor.
Rather than Mr. Patterson's suggestion that ONE is somehow a failed charity, they are, in fact, a global advocacy organization fighting poverty in Africa by moving government officials to better use development assistance funding to reach the largest amount of people. ONE works to educate people about the crisis of extreme poverty and concrete solutions. They work with leaders and activists in Africa to find out which issues are actually affecting them and then press political leaders in the U.S., Europe and other countries around the world to pass smart policies and programs that help lift people out of poverty. I can personally attest to efficacy of their work.