ECI In The Press


I know firsthand how international aid fails refugees. Here’s how we can fix it.

USA TODAY, January 2023


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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