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You want to cut aid? It’s on.

Congress’s budget proposals may have been submitted, but it will still be months until we know the final budget numbers. As much as we hate it, the global health and poverty-fighting programs we fight for every day always come under fire during this time and bad things happen when we don’t take action…. 1. When budget…

It’s a bird, it’s a plane, no…it’s #ONEderWoman!

Here at ONE we believe that there are a lot of amazing girls and women all over the globe who are doing incredible things to make our world a better place. Whether it’s empowering women in their local communities, or influencing change on an international level, there are some seriously rock-star girls and women out…

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. Show More Summary

The mothers who drive their communities

Mama Aisha (not her real name), the first wife in a polygamous marriage, goes to the garden every morning from 6:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m., when she comes home to prepare lunch.

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 work at a nearby flower farm in…

Using the Power of Community for Advocacy on #WorldWaterDay

Jennifer is a writer at another jennifer and the creator of simple giving lab. Her passions are writing, philanthropy, her awesome kids and bacon, though not necessarily in that order. Her upcoming book, Simple Giving, will be available on 10/27/15. The wind was whipping fiercely when I woke up on Sunday morning. I checked my weather app and the…

One woman’s passion for agriculture

I met Elizabeth Nsimadala at the launch of ONE’s Do Agric Campaign in Addis Ababa. Her passion for agriculture shone through her bold statement: “I am a proud, successful farmer. I do agriculture not only because it pays, but because I can do it better.”

Poverty is Sexist – here’s what we can do about it

Our Poverty is Sexist campaign makes it clear that girls and women are hit hardest by poverty, and millions are being denied the chance to reach their full potential. The answer? Well, it’s complicated. And massive. But completely do-able.

URGENT: Stop Rand Paul’s foreign aid cuts

Senator Rand Paul made a move late last night to cut funding for global poverty-fighting programs - and use the money instead to buy weapons. And the entire Senate is voting on the idea today.

Nominate your favorite restaurant to EAT (RED) DRINK (RED) SAVE LIVES this June

Last year, (RED) took the food & drink world by storm for the first 10 days of June with the first-ever EAT (RED) DRINK (RED) SAVE LIVES. And this year, it’s back and better than ever. For the entire month of June, where & what you decide to eat & drink can fight AIDS with…

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 while I stayed in Kenya.

Building momentum on the Hill for Global Food Security

It’s been five years since the launch of the US Government’s Feed the Future initiative. In 2010, the world stood at a precipice – food prices had hit a 30 year high in 2008 and were rising again. The poorest and most vulnerable were being driven deeper into poverty and hunger, and governments throughout the…

Interview: Dayo Olopade talks Nigerian election and hashtag activism

  This post is part of ONE’s “Reporter Perspectives: Covering Africa” blog series. Dayo Olopade is flipping the stereotypical narrative about Africa on its head. The Nigerian-American journalist’s coverage of the continent—whether in The New York Times or her recent book, The Bright Continent—is dynamic and optimistic. Olopade is an enlightening connoisseur of all things…

One 9 year old’s dream for changing the world — with knitting

At just nine years old, Ellie, a young knitting enthusiast, became the face of her very own nonprofit – KidKnits. Ellie was inspired by the hand-spun yarn she had received from Rwanda and wanted to find a way to buy more from these women yarn-makers and to share their product with others. Her entrepreneurial parents…

Photo essay: Guinea Wasted

“Guinea Wasted” is a photojournalistic piece I conducted while living and working in waste management in Guinea. The piece seeks to provoke thoughtful reflection and critically-necessary discussion surrounding the wealth/filth paradox...Show More Summary

Kedibone Mdolo, South Africa’s own TB-fighting superhero

For this year’s World Tuberculosis Day, ONE’s Cornelia Lluberes sat down with Kedibone Mdolo. Kedibone is a practicing nurse and active member of the International Council of Nurses (ICN) and the Democratic Nurses Organization of South Africa (DENOSA). In 2008, Kedibone contracted TB on the job – an experience that changed her life forever. Now…

Busting the foreign aid myths: Man on the Street

ONE hit the streets to ask everyday Americans what they thought about US foreign aid. Did you know that less than 1% of the US federal budget goes to foreign aid programs that save millions of lives? Turns out many Americans didn't know the facts...

Protect foreign aid in Canada

Right now, the Canadian government is making critical budget decisions – what to fund, where to cut, where to spend a bit more. And here’s the thing: Canada is punching below its weight when it comes to foreign aid. The amount Canada invests in proven, effective aid programs has gone down by millions over the…

Ebola, one year later: What have we learned, and where are we going?

On the one year anniversary of this tragic outbreak, as we pay tribute to those who lost their lives and reflect on how much has changed, here are six key lessons learned.

Chelsea Clinton: Ensuring No Ceilings for girls and women

It’s a fact: ensuring women and girls have the same rights and opportunities as men and boys is essential to creating peace, security, and prosperity around the world. And yet, critical barriers, or ceilings, persist — preventing women and girls from reaching their full potential. This week, No Ceilings: The Full Participation Project, an initiative…

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