10 University common books for activists of all ages

10 University common books for activists of all ages

Looking for a global-themed summer read? Many colleges around the country require all incoming freshmen to read a specific book over the summer before the fall semester begins. It's usually part of a school's "common reading" program. We took a look at schools with ONE chapters to find out…
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…
FGM and early marriage: How you can help end it

FGM and early marriage: How you can help end it

A few years ago I met the bravest 16-year-old girl I think I will ever know. Her name was Tegla, and she lived in West Pokot - a remote and extremely poor area of northern Kenya where drought is common and life is hard. She had run away…
Alternative World Cup: How Africa plays football

Alternative World Cup: How Africa plays football

If you live in Africa, or have ever spent time travelling on the continent, there is one thing you will have undoubtably seen: children playing football. If you pause to watch, you'll probably be invited to join in. And if your enthusiasm doesn't quite match your speed or…
Bono, Malala & Desmond Tutu send stark warning to world leaders

Bono, Malala & Desmond Tutu send stark warning to world leaders

You probably haven't heard about it, but this week decisions are being taken that could mean the difference between poverty and dignity for millions of people.  Diplomats from UN member states are finalizing a draft blueprint for the post 2015 development agenda and the stakes could not be…
QUIZ: Could you be a diplomat in Africa?

QUIZ: Could you be a diplomat in Africa?

Dozens of African leaders are coming to Washington, D.C., to meet President Obama and US officials for the first-ever US-African Leaders Summit. If you were invited to the Summit, do you think you know enough about African countries, politics, geography and leadership to pass as a diplomat? Take…
Backpacking with kids, with energy poverty on my mind

Backpacking with kids, with energy poverty on my mind

This piece by ONE Mom and member Cynthia Changyit Levin was originally published on her blog, Anti-Poverty Mom.  I just got back from a backpacking trip in the Colorado Rocky Mountain National Park this week. What an experience! Not only was it metaphorically breathtaking in beauty and literally breathtaking in low-oxygen altitude,…
21 things only activists will understand

21 things only activists will understand

1. When you meet someone who gets just as worked up about an issue as you 2. When someone thinks they know all about an issue because they saw a Leo DiCaprio movie 3. When a friend suggests you go to McDonalds or Wal-mart 4. When you are…
Michael Gerson: Looking back on a decade of PEPFAR

Michael Gerson: Looking back on a decade of PEPFAR

ONE Fellow Michael Gerson reflects on the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, one of the greatest examples of bipartisanship, compromise and mercy to come out of the American political system.  Among the most moving visits I have ever made to an African health facility took place about a year…
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…
3 US foreign aid programs Americans should be proud of

3 US foreign aid programs Americans should be proud of

Patriotism has been at an all-time high lately with the US men’s team advancing out of the “group of death” in the World Cup. I mean, look at this super fan in action! But Americans shouldn't just be proud of our soccer team. As we celebrate the 4th of July this…
This is personal: Flight MH17 and HIV/AIDS

This is personal: Flight MH17 and HIV/AIDS

On Thursday, frantic emails started popping up in my inbox.  News had broken that a plane had crashed in Ukraine, with hundreds of crew and passengers dead. It registered as a horrible and senseless event; nothing more. Then, I started to learn that some of the passengers were…
Your daily energy use vs Africa’s

Your daily energy use vs Africa’s

What does it mean to live without electricity? See how much electricity Americans use each day – and understand how crucial it is to our daily lives. Electricity is not a luxury, but a necessity, and all 7 billion humans should have access to it. Most people living…
We will not banish AIDS until we banish stigma

We will not banish AIDS until we banish stigma

This blog post was written by David J. Olson, Global Development Communicator and Advocate for Olson Global Communications. I met Eugene and Dominique at a drop-in center for men who have sex with men (MSM) outside Nairobi, Kenya. Eugene, 23, comes to the center regularly to get condoms, lubricants,…