My wish for Thanksgiving? Know who Norman Borlaug is.

My wish for Thanksgiving? Know who Norman Borlaug is.

Story and illustrations by David Hong. Even though he changed the world and helped feed countless people, the average American isn’t familiar with Norman Borlaug. As an agriculture policy wonk and shameless fan, I drop his name in conversations all the time and people ask me, “Who is…
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…
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…
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,…
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…
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…
Bono: Ebola is what happens when promises are broken

Bono: Ebola is what happens when promises are broken

This piece was originally published in The Huffington Post.  Diseases do a lot of different things, all vicious, but there's one thing they've got in common: they find our vulnerabilities and exploit them. The Ebola outbreak in West Africa -- and the world's inept initial response to it…
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,…
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…
How I found inspiration in fighting the Ebola outbreak

How I found inspiration in fighting the Ebola outbreak

By Benjamin M. Freeman Jr., a Mandela Washington Fellow of the Young African Leaders Initiative. After an exciting 14 weeks in the USA as a Mandela Washington Fellow, I faced the mind-boggling challenge of returning to Liberia in the midst of a raging Ebola outbreak. The Government of…
How people in West Africa are responding to Ebola

How people in West Africa are responding to Ebola

The Ebola crisis needs a global response, there's no doubt about that. Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone's fragile health systems need both a short-term boost and long-term investment to shut down the virus, which is why we're campaigning for the governments of every nation to step up and…
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…
The 2014 ONE Holiday Gift Guide

The 2014 ONE Holiday Gift Guide

The holiday season has arrived! Get more out of your holiday shopping this season - buy gifts that make a positive impact in the developing world. Here's a hand-picked list of 12 socially conscious products and ONE merchandise that we LOVE:  1. Haiti Christmas Stocking- Celebrate the season and decorate your home with a…