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…
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…
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…
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…
Should you be buying from children on the streets?

Should you be buying from children on the streets?

Cambodian children meeting tourists, Gloria Cheng This guest post by Alison Rabe was originally published in WhyDev, a blog for individuals passionate about development, aid, and other global issues. On a breezy Tuesday night on the riverside of Phnom Penh, Cambodia, I met up with a Cambodian friend…
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…
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…
An open letter to everyone who signed ONE’s vaccines petition

An open letter to everyone who signed ONE’s vaccines petition

Dear ONE members: Wow, what an exhilarating past few weeks it has been! Yes, I'm talking about the World Cup. But I'm also talking about our global child vaccines petition, which 58,229 of you, from Australia to Trinidad and Tobago, signed with love, concern and compassion. Thanks to you,…
The 5 best 2014 World Cup goals so far

The 5 best 2014 World Cup goals so far

One week into the 2014 World Cup and there have been plenty of great goals scored already. At ONE we've been keeping an eye on the football, but have another really big goal we are focussed on: making sure every child around the world gets basic, life saving…
Energy poverty: A part of life, a threat to life

Energy poverty: A part of life, a threat to life

Former ONE Global Policy Director Edith Jibunoh shares her experience living in rural Nigeria, where limited access to electricity was both a part of life, and a threat to it, too.  A part of life Growing up in Lagos, Nigeria, I was used to having only a few hours…
Can the world stay on track with Millennium Development Goals?

Can the world stay on track with Millennium Development Goals?

Can the world take the vital next steps towards ending global poverty? Or will we let progress slip away? That’s the challenge that the United Nations outlined yesterday, in its annual review of the Millennium Development Goals - clear, measurable targets for improving peoples’ lives around the world.…