ECI In The Press


Sharing Stories of Compassion in Action

The Task Force for Global Health, Focus Area for Compassion & Ethics, August 2022

Pillow Talk

An interview with ECI Co-founder Whitney Williams and Pour Les Femmes Co-founder Robin Wright, July 2022

Thriving Together

Global Coffee Report, May/June 2022


Listening to the Congo

Social Investor, The Chandler Foundation – 2021

The Congo Illustrates The Power Of Education Through Global Collaboration

Forbes – June 2021

Integrative Philanthropy

The Eastern Congo Initiative is transforming foreign aid by advocating for, investing in, and partnering with community organizations.

Stanford Social Innovation Review – Spring 2021

Changing Models for a Changing Landscape

Stanford Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society – February 26, 2021


Jeanne Liedtka and Maggie Morse: Big-Picture Thinking and Self-Sustaining Essential Services in Eastern Congo

Darden Ideas to Action – August 21, 2020

Kris Putnam-Walkerley: When One Plus One Makes Much More Than Two – Lessons From The Eastern Congo Initiative-Asili Merger

Forbes – August 20, 2020

Abraham Leno: Surviving a Disaster – Lessons from Eastern Congo

Boston Herald – May 10, 2020

Ward Brehm: What People Face Daily across the World

Minneapolis Star Tribune, April 8, 2020

Whitney Williams: We Have Reason to Be Optimistic

Montana Standard, March 30, 2020


Ben Affleck: Why I’m Hopeful About Congo

New York Times – December 5, 2017

Ben Affleck Makes His Tenth Humanitarian Trip to Congo: ‘My Heart Will Forever Be There with Them’

People – June 7, 2017

Saveur du Kivu Showcases Coffees of the DRC

Barista Magazine – May 17, 2017

Illuminating the Value Chain: BanQu and Eastern Congo Initiative launch pilot program to revolutionize the way farmers work in eastern Congo

Press Release – May 16, 2017

Testimony of Kelly Goodejohn Director of Ethical Sourcing, Global Social Impact and Public Policy for Starbucks

U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations – fMay 4, 2017

Growing Peace Through Cocoa in Congo

Lush Cosmetics Newsroom – April 18, 2017

What bean to bar strategies improve the lives of cocoa farmers?

Devex – February 14, 2017 


How Ben Affleck Is Fighting for Women in the Congo

Glamour Magazine – April 11, 2016

Ben Affleck on Batman Movie, Family, Politics & Charity 

CBS This Morning – March 24, 2016

Ben Affleck Talks Congo Coffee with Jimmy Fallon 

The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon – March 24, 2016

A Cup of Hope with Starbucks Coffee from eastern Congo

Starbucks Newsroom – March 16, 2016

ECI Founder Ben Affleck Talks Congo Coffee on The Ellen Degeneres Show

The Ellen Degeneres Show – March 15, 2016

Project in Congo Helps Restore Country as Source of Coffee

Starbucks Pike 1912 – February 29, 2016


USAID and Eastern Congo Initiative Announce Online Database to Support Congolese Organizations (Press Release)

USAID – August 12, 2013


Affleck Doesn’t Close Door on Senate Run (Video)

Chocolate that Makes A Difference (Video)

Opinion: Congo Urgently Needs U.S. Help

The Washington Post – November 29, 2012

Ben Affleck on the Congo

Affleck Uses Celeb Power to Help African Nation (Video)

VH1: Ben Affleck Wins Do Something Facebook Award (Video)

VH1 Do Something Awards 2012 – August 21, 2012

Hillary Clinton and Ben Affleck team up to eliminate preventable child death

The Cable (Foreign Policy) – June 14, 2012

Clinton, Affleck seek to lower child death rates

Associated Press – June 14, 2012

Ben Affleck: ‘Help children around the world live long and healthy lives

NBC Nightly News – June 14, 2012         

Opinion: Ending Child Mortality

Politico – June 14, 2012

Eastern Congo Initiative Founder Ben Affleck Joins Secretary Clinton and Global Leaders in D.C. to Promote Child Survival

ECI Press Release – June 12, 2012

Congo Security Sector Reform Urgently Needed, Report Says

Huffington Post – April 24, 2012


Opinion: Don’t look away from Terror in Congo

Politico – March 8, 2011

Ben Affleck in Congo (Video)

ABC News Nightline – March 7, 2011

Actor Ben Affleck, Republican Cindy McCain Team Up to Help Congo

ABC News – March 7, 2011


The Deadliest War

The Washington Post – November, 30, 2010


A Glimmer of Hope In Africa

Time – February 12, 2009


National Democratic Institute in Collaboration with Council on Foreign Relations (Video)

Combating Global Poverty Panel Discussion – August 27, 2008 

Ben Affleck’s Journey to the Congo Part 1 (Video)

Nightline – June 26, 2008

Ben Affleck’s Journey to the Congo Part 2 (Video)

Nightline – June 26, 2008

Ben Affleck’s African Journey: The actor travels to the Congo to shed light on the humanitarian crisis.

ABC News Nightline – May 11, 2008

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