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Seda’s light

Imagine giving birth in the dark. Imagine complications arising that require emergency medical attention. Imagine that the doctor cannot see well enough to perform accurate surgery. Imagine you or your baby dying from complications during or after birth that could have been prevented with a flick of a switch. Unfortunately fo......
Global Soap Project is helping to put more girls back in school

Global Soap Project is helping to put more girls back in school

Derrick Kayongo is the co-founder of the Global Soap Project. As an executive and development expert, he has more than 15 years experience developing strategic social campaigns within organizations for cause-related advocacy, public policy, issue management, and community organizing.  In July of 2005, I was blessed to be amo......
Photo essay: The bright colors of Somaliland

Photo essay: The bright colors of Somaliland

Our friend Kelly Ranck, the Africa communications liaison at World Concern, shares her favorite photos from a recent trip to Somaliland, where she visited five villages in the region.  Nearly 3 million Somalis are currently in a state of humanitarian crisis. But in a land of great suffering, there is also vibrancy, streng......
On mission trips, why one blogger got it wrong

On mission trips, why one blogger got it wrong

by ONE member Sharon Runge Several months ago, I read a blog on ONE’s Facebook page from an author stating that she didn’t believe sending teams on mission trips was worthwhile, and in some cases, might hurt. It caused me to pause and deeply discern whether my past five trips to Kenya with teams of university studen......
Twitter Chat: Ask a Tanzanian agriculture activist a question

Twitter Chat: Ask a Tanzanian agriculture activist a question

ONE is joining Devex for #FeedingDev, a week-long digital event to raise awareness for the importance of agriculture in fighting extreme poverty.  My name is Juma Bruno Ngomuo, and I’m an agriculture activist living in Tanzania. Earlier this year, I helped ONE urge African leaders to invest in agriculture during the Do......
Early marriage and poverty: Why we must break the cycle

Early marriage and poverty: Why we must break the cycle

By Lorriann Robinson, ONE UK Policy & Advocacy Manager Every year, more than 13 million girls marry before their 18th birthday. These girls overwhelmingly come from the world’s poorest countries, and are often the poorest girls within their communities. Early marriage is a complex problem, the root causes of which are ......
Seven graphics that explain energy poverty and how the US can do much more

Seven graphics that explain energy poverty and how the US can do much more

This blog post was originally published on the Center for Global Development’s website. By Todd Moss and Madeleine Gleave.  1. Energy poverty is an endemic and crippling problem; nearly 600 million people in Africa live without access to any power, which also means no access to safer and healthier electric cooking and ......
Documentary film review: ‘Finding Fela’

Documentary film review: ‘Finding Fela’

By Ruby Thomas, ONE New York Congressional district leader It’s World Cup season and what a frenzy the world is in! People are sporting enthusiastic patriotism and global camaraderie amongst fellow soccer fans for the teams and players from the many different countries. Nigeria is a strong contender, and while we admire th......
VIDEO: How Africare is creating economic opportunity for women in Chad

VIDEO: How Africare is creating economic opportunity for women in Chad

Educating and empowering African women leads to healthier families through improved nutrition, stronger food security, and increased access to health care. So then why are only 15% of landholders in Sub-Saharan Africa women? Because they face many challenges that prevent them from succeeding including domestic violence, sexua......
#EthiopiaNewborns: Challenges that remain

#EthiopiaNewborns: Challenges that remain

We were in the mountainous Yetiban district of rural Ethiopia reporting on newborn health with the Johns Hopkins International Reporting Project. For both of us this was the culminating moment of all that we had learned up to this point.
Inside Save the Children’s successful rural health center in Ethiopia

Inside Save the Children’s successful rural health center in Ethiopia

ONE Mom Nicole Melancon is traveling with the International Reporting Project Fellow on a New Media Fellowship to report on newborn health. This post is a continuation of our series of stories from the ground. You can see the first post as reported by Elizabeth Atalay here. Follow their journey on Twitter with hashtag #Ethiop......
Why are so many World Cup nations resource-dependent?

Why are so many World Cup nations resource-dependent?

At the 2014 World Cup, nearly three-fourths of countries with low and middle incomes are resource-dependent. Above, a Russian team is sponsored by Gazprom, a state-owned gas company. Photo credit. This piece by Andrew Bauer, Thomas Lassourd and Eric Li was originally published on the National Resource Governance InstituteR......
Cheers to 5th Birthdays!

Cheers to 5th Birthdays!

ONE US Executive Director Tom Hart at age 5. This week, our friends at 5th Birthday and Beyond are celebrating the great strides that we have taken in the fight for childhood survival. In large part due to US foreign aid, 6 million fewer children will die before their 5th birthday than just 25 years…...
Health care workers are making a difference for #EthiopiaNewborns

Health care workers are making a difference for #EthiopiaNewborns

Photo caption: Catching a ride with Mom at Marie Stopes Clinic in Addis Ababa. Photo credit: Elizabeth Atalay. ONE Mom Elizabeth Atalay is in Ethiopia as a International Reporting Project Fellow on a New Media Fellowship to report on newborn health. Follow her journey on Twitter with hashtag #EthiopiaNewborns. “My turning p......
Scoring big: Fighting extreme poverty through soccer

Scoring big: Fighting extreme poverty through soccer

Martin Tumusiime, member of ONE Africa, together with Street United FC.  By Sam Sanden, ONE member, Washington state During a recent trip to Uganda, I saw that soccer was everywhere. Whether it was kids playing with balls made of garbage bags, the youth sporting their favorite national or international club team jersey, the ......