Edith Jibunoh

Edith Jibunoh
Edith Jibunoh was ONE’s Global Policy Director. In this role, she is responsible for defining and driving a policy agenda that supports ONE’s global advocacy. Most recently, she was Director of Multilateral Institutions, leading on ONE’s policy work on the Post-2015 Development Agenda, Energy Poverty and engagement with the UN, World Bank and African Development Bank. Edith joined ONE following a rollercoaster assignment with the Federal Government of Nigeria, which included work on Nigeria’s debt relief and the economic reform program in the Ministry of Finance, and the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) Office of the Nigerian Presidency. Just prior to the Nigeria experience, Edith was a World Bank staffer working on East Asian countries and External Affairs at the Bank’s United Nations office.

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Energy poverty: A part of life, a threat to life

Energy poverty: A part of life, a threat to life

Former ONE Global Policy Director Edith Jibunoh shares her experience living in rural Nigeria, where limited access to electricity was both a part of life, and a threat to it, too.  A part of life Growing up in Lagos, Nigeria, I was used to having only a few hours of reliable electricity every day because while…...
African energy and Hans Rosling’s ‘magic washing machine’

African energy and Hans Rosling’s ‘magic washing machine’

For the last week I’ve been in Ethiopia speaking with our Africa Policy Advisory Board, citizens and colleagues about the big development issues that African countries are grappling with. A fair amount of our conversation has centered around the energy deficit in Africa. This power deficit is not unusual in sub-Saharan Afri......
World Bank reforms aim to cut extreme poverty in half by 2020

World Bank reforms aim to cut extreme poverty in half by 2020

Edith Jibunoh reports on the outcomes of the World Bank Group and International Monetary Fund meetings, which took place last week in Washington, D.C. This year’s gathering was especially momentous as the World Bank Group is embarking on sweeping reforms, its first major strategic realignment in 17 years.  Over the wee......
Why access to reliable electricity is part of the basic right to life

Why access to reliable electricity is part of the basic right to life

Edith Jibunoh, Director for Multilateral Institutions at ONE, describes what it was like to grow up without a steady source of electricity during holiday weekends spent in rural Nigeria. This is part of a storytelling series for our campaign to bring energy to 50 million Africans for the first time. Growing up in Lagos, Niger......
The end of the first lap to 2015

The end of the first lap to 2015

Edith Jibunoh and Kerezhi Sebany share some exciting news: The UN High Level Panel included our request for more transparency and accountability in the post-2015 Millennium Development Goals in their new report. A first step toward the right direction!  With less than 1,000 days to the 2015 deadline for meeting the Millenn......
Listen to what the world is telling us

Listen to what the world is telling us

Edith Jibunoh, ONE’s director for multilateral institutions, is reporting from the UN High Level Panel on the Post-2015 Development Agenda in Bali, Indonesia, where she joined a team of ONE members in delivering your post-MDG petition signatures to world leaders.  Almost 15 years ago, as a young(er) diasporan African, ......
FAQ: The fuel subsidy protests in Nigeria

FAQ: The fuel subsidy protests in Nigeria

A decision by the Nigerian government to halt a hefty fuel subsidy on January 1 prompted one of the largest and most coordinated protests in Nigeria’s history. Though the protests are over, the issues that prompted them remain. UPDATE, 2/9/2012: Yesterday, President Goodluck Jonathan appointed his rival in last year’s pre......
ONE Africa Award 2011 live webcast

ONE Africa Award 2011 live webcast

Throughout Africa, there is amazing progress by civil society focused on ending extreme poverty and fostering socio-economic empowerment. These new ideas and exciting approaches are designed and implemented by Africans who understand the complexities of bringing about change and transforming lives in their communities. The ON......
Putting young people in the driving seat of development

Putting young people in the driving seat of development

This piece was originally published on ONE’s Africa Blog. The Africa Youth Trust (AYT) is the last of our five finalists to reveal before we announce the winner of the 2011 ONE Africa Award! AYT was founded by a group of five young people in 2005, all working in different sectors, but with a common…...
Fighting HIV/AIDS in Mauritius

Fighting HIV/AIDS in Mauritius

Last week we marked World AIDS Day, our annual time for reflection and a recognition that the beginning of the end of AIDS is upon us. As we commemorate the strides that have been made in the battle against the disease since its discovery 30 years ago, it seems the perfect opportunity to present our…...
Fighting poverty with healthy indigenous foods in Zambia

Fighting poverty with healthy indigenous foods in Zambia

This piece was originally published on our Africa Blog. The 2011 ONE Africa Award finalists continue with the announcement of our third finalist, a model for social entrepreneurship in the agriculture sector. If you are already familiar with ONE’s recent activities then you will know that we recently launched our campaign t......
ONE Africa Award 2011: Demanding the right to health care in Ghana

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

This piece was originally published on ONE’s Africa Blog. It’s time to announce our second finalist in the 2011 ONE Africa Award. After our piece on a project in Togo, we went on to Accra, Ghana to meet the Alliance for Reproductive Health Rights (ARHR). The alliance was established by a group of NGOs in…...
ONE Africa Award 2011: Promoting women’s rights in Togo

ONE Africa Award 2011: Promoting women’s rights in Togo

The 2011 ONE Africa Award process is halfway through — and when the call for applications closed on September 16, we had received more than 150 applications! ONE staff have spent the last couple of weeks reviewing the amazing applications that came in, and I am pleased to announce that we have identified our top…...

Nigeria elections update

Read the original post on ONE’s Africa Blog. The Nigerian elections were scheduled to commence on Saturday, April 2nd with the parliamentary elections preceding the April 9th presidential elections and the April 16th gubernatorial elections. The elections started hours late and after millions of people successfully cast......

Fighting poverty, increasing accountability with technology and innovation

This article was originally published in Devex’s Development Innovators Blog yesterday. On February 15, ONE hosted the first ONE Africa Symposium in Johannesburg, South Africa. The symposium was designed to highlight novel technology and innovation unleashing Africa’s economic potential and promoting sustainable devel......