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“Advocacy International brings together in a very dynamic way, the highly complementary capacities of academic rigour and global communications expertise required to advance bespoke interventions in the health, social and economic sectors to facilitate desirable results. Working with the team at Ai on the interactive platform for the African Union’s Campaign on Accelerated Reduction of Maternal Mortality in Africa (CARMMA), I am certain of their experience in giving brands their desired image as well as building a positive relationship with various publics to achieve business objective.”

Dr. Ademola Olajide

Head of the Health, Nutrition, and Population Division at the African Union, 2013


“I would also have wished to pay homage to the action which Jeremy Smith has led with talent and courage, first at my side and then at yours.  At a moment when he is preparing, I believe, to finish his term of office, you will know how, with warmth and friendliness, to express on my behalf to Jeremy the fullest esteem and unfailing regard in which I hold him.” (Translation from French original)

“J’aurais aussi aimé rendre hommage  à l’action que Jeremy Smith a menée avec talent et courage à mes cotés puis aux vôtres. Au moment où, je crois, il s’apprête à quitter ses fonctions, vous saurez être mon interprète, amical et chaleureux, pour exprimer à Jeremy toute mon estime et mon fidèle attachement.”

President Valéry Giscard d’Estaing

former French President and ex-President of CEMR, in a letter to Michael Häupl, Mayor of Vienna and President of CEMR (2009)

“You are a great European, Jeremy!  Europe’s regions, cities and municipalities have a great deal to thank you for.” (translated from German original)

Michael Häupl

President CEMR, to Jeremy Smith, 2009

“With you at the helm of CEMR we have felt secure even in the stormiest of political seas. Of course we all appreciate your political dexterity and managerial skills and your work to bring CEMR to a policy body with great credibility – but most of all we will miss your warm personality and friendly greetings.”

Anders Knape

President of the Swedish Association of Local Authorities and Regions to Jeremy 2009


“Pettifor was the genius behind the Jubilee 2000 campaign that in 1999 pressurised the rich world to write off more than $100bn of the world’s 42 poorest nations’ debts. Using her background as a commercial lobbyist in the energy and retail sectors she built an anti-debt coalition of 90 organisations in 50 countries… Pettifor had the communication skills and tireless energy to transform a good idea into political reality. She created the first worldwide petition, with 24 million signatures and built a “big tent coalition” including Bill Clinton, Gerhard Schroeder, the Pope, the Dalai Lama, Mohammed Ali, Bono and thousands of international policy makers.  She forced big changes”.

Judges of The Good List

compiled by Paddy Coulter of the Reuters Foundation, Caroline Diehl of the Media Trust, Fiona Fox of the Science Media Centre, Geoffrey Lean and Paul Vallely of The Independent, published in The Independent newspaper, 1st September, 2006.


“Your extensive advocacy work has in no small way helped in securing the debt package which we received from the Paris Club (of creditors). This package will help guarantee the future of millions of lives in Nigeria. No words can really express how grateful we are for your extraordinary commitment.”

Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala

Finance Minister of Nigeria, Former Managing Director of the World Bank 2007-2011 in a letter to Ann Pettifor, after the G8 and the Paris Club had agreed to write off $18 billion of Nigeria’s debts.


“Ann Pettifor is a member of a select club — the seers who saw it all coming…… Six years ago she parodied the International Monetary Fund’s annual economic forecast with her own — The Real World Economic Outlook. Then, in 2006, her book The Coming First World Debt Crisis, warned that rich countries were heading for a debt crisis that would overshadow anything seen in the developing world. Both were ridiculed. With the British and world economies languishing in the worst recession since the Great Depression and with once-mighty banks reliant on government life support, she could be forgiven for being a little smug. Not a bit of it: “No, being Cassandra is not something I wish for. I hate this role of being a gloomer and doomer, as I’m an optimist by nature.”

The Times

1 September 2009

“It was an honour and privilege working with you.  Your energy, engagement and knowledge highly contributed to our development.”

Djordje Standičić

Secretary General Standing Conference of Towns and Municipalities, Serbia, to Jeremy 2009

“You have served European local and regional governments as nobody else before.  You have been a visionary leader for all those committed to the progress of cities and municipalities in Europe and you have made a significant difference.  The energy you have put into the promotion of the principles of local democracy and local self-government all over Europe have been boundless and quite an inspiration!”

Agusti Fernàndez de Losada i Passols

Director of International Relations, Diputació of Barcelona, to Jeremy 2009

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