Lorraine Chu

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M-Pesa allows Kenyans to transfer money via SMS

This post is part of “Digital Africa”, a mini blog series on the programs and products using technology and innovation help fight poverty. A man food shopping at his local market walks up to the counter to pay. But instead of taking out his wallet, he whips out his phone, and within seconds his groceries…...

Interview: Brian Herbert of Ushahidi on ‘getting the word out’

This post is part of “Digital Africa”, a mini blog series on the programs and products using technology and innovation help fight poverty. Brian Herbert, a director and lead developer at Ushahidi, a tech company at the forefront of the crisis-mapping movement, talks to ONE about citizen journalism and its impact on global......

Infographic: Preventing polio saves money…and lives

GOOD Magazine just released a cool infographic on preventing polio. While those of us fortunate to live in developed countries live without the fear of polio and tend to think of it as a thing of the past, polio is still very much alive in about a dozen countries today. This crippling and oftentimes deadly…...

Immunization Week: Looking backward to look forward

With our recently launched vaccines petition to save 4 million children’s lives in 5 years, there’s certainly been a great deal of immunization talk around the ONE office. Well, here’s some more. Get excited, people, because it’s officially Immunization Week around the world right now! Okay, so that may not be the mos......

VIDEO: 14,000 km of wire transforms Africa

This post is part of “Digital Africa”, a mini blog series on the programs and products using technology and innovation help fight poverty. Work is currently underway for a new cable that will boost internet access in Africa. With four times more data, West Africa Cable System (WACS) will boost bandwidth for the world’s ......

VIDEO: Big Bird goes to Africa

Has Sesame Street taken over Africa? Well, not quite. We previously introduced you to Nigerian program “Sesame Square,” which included an HIV-positive character named Kami. Now, a similar show has invaded millions of televisions in homes across Ethiopia, entertaining children while simultaneously educating them on things ......

Barefoot College offers advanced education to rural villages

Social activist Sanjit “Bunker” Roy is doing big things in India. He founded Barefoot College, an organization based in small village Tilonia, which aims to assist the estimated 41 percent of the Indian population living below the international poverty line. Local people are taught through peer-to-peer learning, passing o......

Simple Ways to Celebrate Earth Day

Today is Friday, and while that’s certainly great news on its own, April 22 also officially marks Earth Day. For more than 40 years, Earth Day has served as a day to be more conscientious of how we treat our planet. This year’s theme is “A Billion Acts of Green,” and focuses on conservation and…...

Tracking cows? There’s an app for that.

This post is part of “Digital Africa”, a mini blog series on the programs and products using technology and innovation help fight poverty. It seems that we’ve seen phone apps for just about everything these days. But here’s one you probably never saw coming -– iCow. Yes, you read that correctly. iCow is a voice-base......

A-List: Budding ballerinas from the slums of Kenya

For young boys and girls living in Kenya’s giant Mathare slums, dreams of bright futures are often overwhelmed by poverty and crime. But now, thanks to Anno’s Africa, a UK-based charity that offers arts education to vulnerable children in some of Africa’s most deprived city slums, these children are getting an opportuni......

VIDEO: Opportunity International is ‘banking on Africa’

This blog post is part of our “Digital Africa” series on programs and products that are using technology and innovation help fight poverty. For decades, people living in poverty have not been able to have secure access to their finances simply because commercial banks avoid serving them. This is especially the cas......

Catholic bishops to US House: ‘Make the poor a top priority’

Yesterday, the US Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) sent a letter to members of the House regarding the budget. Here’s an excerpt of their letter: “The federal budget should protect human life and dignity, make the poor a top priority and promote the common good of all during tough economic times… “A just......

Putting food first: A live, 24-hour discussion with the World Bank

On April 14 to 15, the World Bank will hold a global conversation to look further into the food crisis, as well as discuss possible solutions. The online chat segment of the discussion, which will engage a global audience in multilingual chats, will start at noon EDT on Thursday, April 14, and will last 24…...

Introducing our new mini-series, ‘Digital Africa’

During the next few weeks, I’ll be running a blog series on African innovation and technology, “Digital Africa” to showcase creative programs and products that are using the Internet and mobile technology to help reduce poverty in Africa. Even low-tech innovations can have a huge impact on individuals and co......