Ghana

Tragedy, hope and raw determination!

This blog post on World Immunization Week 2012 is by Dan Thomas, head of media and communications at the GAVI Alliance. Have you ever been to the movies and seen a trailer for a film that you previously had no interest in seeing and then suddenly thought to yourself “That is a film I CANNOT…

Interview: GAVI’s Mercy Ahun talks Ghana’s upcoming vaccine milestone

Last week I had the opportunity to sit down with Mercy Ahun from the GAVI Alliance Secretariat. When I first met her two years ago, she was GAVI’s Director of Program Delivery, but recently she was named GAVI’s Special Representative to GAVI-Eligible Countries. In this role, she serves as a bridge between GAVI, countries receiving…

“The Best Way to Break the Back of Poverty is Through Agriculture”

Yesterday I attended a packed event in the United Kingdom Houses of Parliament to hear His Excellency John Kufuor, Former President of Ghana and 2011 World Food Prize Laureate, speak on the progress his country has made on extreme poverty and hunger. His Excellency John Kufuor won the World Food Prize in 2011 for his…

Peering into Ghana’s mobile future with Mac-Jordan Degadjor

Mac-Jordan Degadjor is a Ghanaian social media entrepreneur and rising star among global tech bloggers. The 26-year-old recently spoke about the positive effects of social media at the TEDxYouthInspire conference in Ghana’s capital city of Accra and was spotlighted in the Christian Science Monitor’s “Thirty Ideas from People Under 30.” We asked Mac-Jordan to explain…

Special coverage on aid and development in the Observer

Yesterday saw the Observer newspaper in the UK publish a number of great articles about aid and development where ONE’s work was mentioned. We wanted to share our success with you and urge you to get over to their website to check out the coverage for yourself. The paper’s editor John Mulholland joined Bono and…

Innovation in Ghana: building resilience to climate change

Anabig Ayaab is a 50 year old farmer from Tariganga, Garu-Tempane District, in the dry Savannah Zone of the Upper East Region of Ghana. Also a wife and mother of seven, Anabig has been struggling with how shifting weather patterns have been affecting her ability to feed her family and make a living. Three years…

ONE Africa Award 2011: Demanding the right to health care in Ghana

It’s time to announce our second finalist in the 2011 ONE Africa Award. After Togo, we went on to Accra, Ghana to meet the Alliance for Reproductive Health Rights (ARHR). The alliance was established by a group of NGO’s in 2004, and evolved from a defunct Save the Children program on sexual and reproductive health.…

Protecting crops to keep West Africans Hungry No More

Cowpeas (known as black-eyed peas) are an important nutrient-rich source of food in many parts of West and Central Africa. But each year, up to 50 percent of cowpeas in Africa are lost after harvest because of infestations by small insects such as weevils. Now, a simple technology is reversing this trend – the triple…

Hungry No More: Mobile technology helps farmers in Ghana get a fair price

Getting a fair price at market is always a struggle.In many countries in Africa, there exists an antiquated trading system. A farmer sells his produce to individual buyers, who then crisscross the countryside on bicycles and sell the goods to processing plants in towns and cities and then pass them on to distributors, retailers and…

Just Another Stage in Ghana’s Long Walk to Transformation

Today marked an historic moment for Ghana as it joined the ranks of oil producing countries. President Atta-Mills oversaw the opening ceremony and told his people that the find “should be a blessing and not an oil curse”. Production will initially be around 55,000 barrels a day. ONE is currently campaigning to ensure that all…

Global Fund and (RED) Provide Hope at Tema General Hospital in Ghana

ONE is embarking on a listening and learning trip to Senegal, Ghana, Mozambique and Kenya with members of our board and other supporters. Christy Turlington Burns checks in: I met an inspiring woman a few days ago in Accra, Ghana. Her name was Elizabeth*. She is a mother, a widow and she is HIV positive.…

Obama Just Spoke in Ghana

US President Barack Obama just finished speaking in Ghana and I wanted to share a few key quotes: I am speaking to you at the end of a long trip. I began in Russia, for a Summit between two great powers. I traveled to Italy, for a meeting of the world’s leading economies. And I…

Obama to travel to Ghana in July

As released from the White House yesterday, Obama will visit Accra, Ghana, on July 10 and 11. It will be his first trip to the sub-Sahara Africa as U.S. president. (His first trip to the African continent as U.S. president will be to Egypt in June.) From the May 16 “White House Release on Upcoming…

Making Aid Work Better

Hello from Accra, Ghana, where ONE is taking part in major meetings about aid effectiveness this week. A team from our London and Nigeria offices is here, joining hundreds of others from government and civil society from around the world, to make aid work harder in the fight against poverty. We know that effective aid…