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The New York Times

David Leonhardt

16 September 2014

Palo Alto, California, United States

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Attending college is not always a given option for gifted teenagers from less-than-wealthy backgrounds. National organization QuestBridge creates a way for low-income and minority high-achieving students to go to thei...

Mother Jones

Tim Murphy

1 June 2014

Richmond, California, United States

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Since Richmond, California’s Office of Neighborhood Safety began paying stipends to its “fellows” – the dozens of young men it works with at any given time who are deemed to be at high risk of gun-violence involvement...

Deseret News

Lane Anderson

14 April 2014

São Paulo, Brazil

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In Brazil a conditional cash-transfer program is alleviating poverty, empowering women, and changing gender roles by giving families, especially mothers, money for sending kids to school and to regular doctor's visits.

The Atlantic

Olga Khazan

8 April 2014

São Paulo, Brazil

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In Brazil, a decade-long conditional cash transfer program called Bolsa Familia is helping families get out of poverty -- and helping empower women in the process. Although the central premise of the program - that w...

National Journal

Clare Foran

9 January 2014

Providence, Rhode Island, United States

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The unemployment crisis is a hard thing to solve - businesses sometimes have no choice but to let workers go. An innovative program tries to prevent joblessness by temporarily paying a portion of workers’ salaries at ...

NPR

David Kestenbaum

25 October 2013

Siaya, Siaya, Kenya

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GiveDirectly, a non-profit organization, was simply giving impoverished people money intending for them to buy their own needs. Research shows that, contrary to popular belief, people are spending this money on what i...

Orange County Register

Margot Roosevelt

1 September 2013

Long Beach, California, United States

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In the past five years, as federal and state minimum wage levels failed to keep pace with the cost of living, and as the recession took its toll, the living wage movement has accelerated. Across the United States, mor...

The New York Times

Tina Rosenberg

28 August 2013

Kenya

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Conditional cash transfers – giving the poor money if they do things that will make their children less poor, such as keep them in school – are the world’s most successful and widespread social program. Could it be po...

The New York Times

Tina Rosenberg

24 April 2013

Aceh, Indonesia

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In a lot of places, food is available and the market is working but people are too poor to buy it, so cash donations are more effective than food. Previously U.S. aid laws did not allow cash donations but a new propos...

The New York Times

Tina Rosenberg

13 February 2013

Alaska, United States

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Alaska has created a way for residents to financially benefit from the state's dependence on oil revenues. By giving residents a yearly portion of the revenue, the state has been able to see positive effects from an o...

The New York Times

Tina Rosenberg

1 November 2011

Ethiopia

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America is the world’s main supplier of food aid to impoverished countries; however, food aid has the problems of long-distance transportation, the cost of the transportation and storage, and the navigation through da...

The New York Times

Lisa Margonelli

16 August 2011

Vermont, United States

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When you don’t live in a city, if you don’t have a car, you don’t have a job. But car payments can eat up a salary quickly - a New England program offers low-cost car loans to people who need them most.

The New York Times

Tina Rosenberg

7 January 2011

Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico

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This is a column on an important new development program in use in at least 40 developing countries: give the poor cash payments, contingent on their use of health clinics and their children’s school attendance, to he...

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