Nelson Mandela

Myth buster: One person’s voice can’t change anything

Bill & Melinda Gates publish their co-authored Gates Annual Letter today, which this year takes on some of the common myths around global development. So at ONE we decided to tackle a myth that as a campaigning organisation, we often encounter: that one voice can’t change a big issue like extreme poverty.  It’s something I’ve…

In honour of the man who could not cry

This post was first published by TIME As an activist I have pretty much been doing what Nelson Mandela tells me since I was a teenager. He has been a forceful presence in my life going back to 1979, when U2 made its first anti-apartheid effort. And he’s been a big part of the Irish consciousness even…

Mandela memorial: View from Cape Town

ONE Regional Field Director Tzviatko Chiderov reports live from Cape Town, South Africa. I am currently on vacation in Cape Town, South Africa and I was here when we all heard the news last week. It has been interesting to observe people’s reactions and take part in the city’s celebration of Madiba. What’s been dominant…

In memory of Nelson Mandela

With the death of Nelson Mandela, we have lost one of the few genuinely world-changing figures of our time. For although seen narrowly, Mandela’s principal achievement – and lifelong goal – was to bring freedom to his own country, his ideals, his language, and the principles for which he stood inspired countless millions far from…

VIDEO: Mandela’s speech on poverty, which inspired a generation

Today, millions of people around the world are reflecting on the life and achievements of an extraordinary man. Nelson Mandela’s determination to see every South African treated equally, regardless of race, was echoed by a broader belief that extreme poverty is a global injustice no-one should have to endure. Eight years ago, he gave this…

Bono on Nelson Mandela’s legacy

It was as if he was born to teach the age a lesson in humility, in humour and above all else in patience. In the end, Nelson Mandela showed us how to love rather than hate, not because he had never surrendered to rage or violence, but because he learnt that love would do a…

ONE mourns the passing of Nelson Mandela

ONE mourns the passing of Nelson Mandela

 WASHINGTON, D.C. (December 5, 2013)–ONE President and CEO Michael Elliott released the following statement on the passing of Nelson Mandela: ‘Nelson Mandela’s unwavering courage, forgiveness and hope touched and inspired people all around the world. He showed that we can make change happen and that the dream of a fair society is possible. In an…

In pictures: How the world is celebrating Mandela Day

Today is Mandela Day, an international day of celebration that coincides with Madiba’s birthday.  All around the world, people are giving 67 minutes, one for every year he spent working for a better world, to do something for others. Here’s our round-up of what’s been going on. In South Africa, 90% of children say they…

Celebrate Mandela Day by doing this one thing for him

Today is Madiba’s birthday, which means it’s also International Nelson Mandela Day. This year has a different feel to it that usual. It almost seems odd to be writing this while the great man himself is so ill. There are a number of people here at ONE who have met and worked with Nelson Mandela…