10 years ago… ONEbyONE

10 years ago… ONEbyONE

Ten years ago, on April 5th 2005, at a launch featuring Brad Pitt, Bono, Djimon Hounsou and the late great Jack Valenti, we launched this iconic ONE ad. In stark black and white featuring many of the most famous stars of that time (and today) from Ellen DeGeneres and…
Jeanne Marie’s story: Solar kiosk franchisee in Rwanda

Jeanne Marie’s story: Solar kiosk franchisee in Rwanda

By Tom Gilks Jeanne Marie Uhiriwe is very happy with her solar kiosk. It is one of 25 in Rwanda and its novelty factor in Kigali’s business district regularly draws looks of intrigue. Jeanne proudly wheels out her booth to her usual downtown spot. At a glance the…
Photo Series: Portrait of the Himba

Photo Series: Portrait of the Himba

In the desert of Namibia’s remote Kunene region bordering Angola, live the Himba, a fascinating, semi-nomadic people whose way of life has virtually remained unchanged from that of their ancestors.
Two decades after the genocide, empowering female entrepreneurs in Rwanda

Two decades after the genocide, empowering female entrepreneurs in Rwanda

While just over two decades ago Rwanda experienced a brutal genocide, today it is one of the rising stars of Africa – thanks, in large part, to its women. Women have been at the forefront of Rwanda’s development, playing a crucial role in the country’s economic, social, political (and physical) reconstruction. Indego Af...
11 sunrises around the world worth waking up for

11 sunrises around the world worth waking up for

This post originally appeared on Peace Corps Passport. Whether you’re a Peace Corps Volunteer in Costa Rica or Cameroon, Jamaica or Georgia, Tonga or Togo, there is one constant of Peace Corps service: you’re going to see some pretty awesome sunrises. 1. “Magical” sunrise, Indonesia 2. Sunrise in…
Photos: what “girl’s empowerment” really looks like

Photos: what “girl’s empowerment” really looks like

In the weeks since our Poverty is Sexist report launched, I’ve found myself reflecting on some of the statistics included on those pages: A woman in Sierra Leone is 183 times more likely to die in childbirth than a woman in Switzerland. 39,000 girls become child brides every…
How visiting Kenya challenged my assumptions about Africa

How visiting Kenya challenged my assumptions about Africa

Issac Asimov once said, “Your assumptions are your windows on the world. Scrub them off every once in a while, or the light won’t come in.” If it is not your desire to live in darkness then please scrub away. It is simple really: assumptions are constant, the world is not. Most of my assumptions of Africa fell apart whi...
Angélique Kidjo celebrates women and human rights in her music

Angélique Kidjo celebrates women and human rights in her music

Musically, you may know Angélique Kidjo as the energetic performer who put African beats on the world music map via her Grammy winning songs and collaborations with the likes of Bono, Alicia Keys, John Legend, Josh Groban and others. In addition to her music, Kidjo has a boundless…
The Mother & Child Project

The Mother & Child Project

We believe that if we can help keep moms and children healthy worldwide, we can get at the nexus of many sustainable development goals. Moms can go back to work to combat extreme poverty; girls can stay in school to finish secondary school and potentially a university degree; we can promote gender equality, improve maternal a...
8 Instagram accounts from Africa you should be following

8 Instagram accounts from Africa you should be following

Instagram is one of the fastest growing social networks and can be used for anything, from capturing the small moments in life to championing a cause. However you look at it, Instagram lets you tell a story through pictures. We've pulled together some of our favorite Instagram accounts…
Joyce’s story: Cyclist champion in Kenya

Joyce’s story: Cyclist champion in Kenya

By Jessica Hatcher Joyce Nyaruri won her first race riding a cheap, rattling, Chinese-made, sit-up-and-beg style bicycle known locally (and ironically) as a "Black Mamba", after one of the fastest-moving snakes on Earth. It was 2009, and she was cycling 264km a week to get to and from…