25 most shocking global poverty facts

25 most shocking global poverty facts

Halloween, schmalloween. The most shocking things in life aren't haunted houses or ghosts that go "BOO!" - it's what's happening right outside your window. I asked our policy team to share the most surprising, illuminating facts they've come across in global development. Here's what they said: 1. More people have access…
Case study: How Nigeria contained the Ebola outbreak

Case study: How Nigeria contained the Ebola outbreak

By Edwin Ikhuoria, Nigeria Country Representative, ONE Nigeria’s response to the Ebola epidemic raging in West Africa has so far been robust and decisive - attracting commendations from several international partners. As of October 13, 2014, the World Health Organization declared Nigeria free of Ebola, a victory in a region…
9 Photos that tell the real story of poverty around the world

9 Photos that tell the real story of poverty around the world

This piece is excerpted from an article by TakePart. If Instagram followers were currency, street photographer Brandon Stanton of Humans of New York, would be a wealthy man. Known and beloved for his insightful snapshots of New Yorkers alongside their responses to philosophical questions, Stanton has taken his…
What do your books say about you? 6 smart women take a #shelfie.

What do your books say about you? 6 smart women take a #shelfie.

The fact that this song exists is proof that #selfie has gone totally mainstream. But may I introduce you to her older, smarter, wiser stepsister, the #shelfie? It's actually a "thing" - take a look: Thanks @blackwelloxford, we couldn't resist taking a #shelfie! Here's @KateFT, a shelf full…
VIDEO: Meet Audrey, a volunteer nurse fighting Ebola in Liberia

VIDEO: Meet Audrey, a volunteer nurse fighting Ebola in Liberia

A version of this piece was originally published on EbolaDiaries.com. What kind of people volunteer to fight the Ebola crisis in West Africa? People like Audrey Rangel, an Ebola treatment unit nurse from California. "I always wanted to do disaster relief work. The crisis started to take off. It was…
How toilets are helping keep girls in school

How toilets are helping keep girls in school

By Stacy Morrison, Editor in Chief and VP, Content Programming at BlogHer, Inc.  I am in Bangalore, India, standing in a dusty but large schoolyard, preparing to be shown the one surprising thing that has increased both the number of girls who attend school and the number of years…
11 year old tells the story of how toilets brought her back to school

11 year old tells the story of how toilets brought her back to school

For World Toilet Day (November 19th), Mo Scarpelli, a multimedia producer at charity: water, shares the story of Khadija's and her journey back to school thanks to the installation of sanitation facilities. This story was reposted with permission from charity: water.  What did you care about when you were in the…
A Google Earth tour of the world’s most corrupt homes

A Google Earth tour of the world’s most corrupt homes

Corrupt politicians and dodgy businesses are stealing millions of dollars from the countries they are supposed to serve, using phantom firms and tax havens to do it. They often then buy valuable property overseas in the most desirable parts of the world. Phantom firms, fake companies set up to hide the identity…
7 Sustainable toilets that could change the way the world poops

7 Sustainable toilets that could change the way the world poops

By Jaswanth Madhavan, ONE policy team  We know how important toilets are in the fight against water contamination and diarrheal disease. But because of infrastructure and cost, conventional toilets don't always work in developing countries - and as a result, 35% of the world's population to lack access to basic, working toilets. Fortunately,…
10 Incredible tech innovations from 2014 that will benefit humanity

10 Incredible tech innovations from 2014 that will benefit humanity

We may not have flying cars or teleportation devices yet, but we do have some incredible technologies that are helping to make the world a better place. Every year, the Tech Awards recognizes individuals and organizations that are doing just that - significantly improving human conditions in the categories of environment, education,…
14 Surprising stats about global food consumption

14 Surprising stats about global food consumption

We all know the holiday season is a time to be thankful for the food on our tables - but why? Here's 14 eye-opening facts about nutrition, farming and crop varieties around the world that help answer this question.    1. Poor people in developing countries often spend 60-80% of…
Women entrepreneurs become catalysts for others

Women entrepreneurs become catalysts for others

By Shari Berenbach, President, US African Development Foundation Most people assume that businesses flourish in a competitive environment – where one person’s gain comes at the expense of another’s.   It doesn’t have to be that way. The U.S. African Development Foundation (USADF) has supported a number of women entrepreneurs…
Give a child a book. Transform a life.

Give a child a book. Transform a life.

By Alexandra Downey (@AlexandraDowney), First Book Do you remember your favorite book as a child? Was it The Story of Ferdinand or Goodnight Moon or Where the Wild Things Are? Imagine never having met these characters. Now imagine not having books to call your own. Millions of children…
Photos: A day in the life of an Ebola burial team in Liberia

Photos: A day in the life of an Ebola burial team in Liberia

This piece is excerpted from a blog post by Global Communities. Photo credit: Josh Balser.   While cremation remains the safest way to manage the bodies of Ebola victims, it's being met with strong resistance West Africa. For villagers in Kakata, Liberia, it goes completely against ancient burial traditions of touching…