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Tina Rosenberg

20 June 2012

United Kingdom

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When a government needs to invest in an expensive capital project — a new sewer system, bridge or highway — it issues bonds. The hot new idea in social programs – finance prevention programs to cut recidivism, reduce ...

The New York Times

David Bornstein

12 June 2012

Chicago, Illinois, United States

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Interfaith Youth Core (IFYC) brings together college students from different faiths so that they develop respect and appreciation for each other and different traditions. IFYC also cultivates interfaith leaders and or...

The Times-Picayune

Jonathan Tilove

20 May 2012

Huntsville, Texas, United States

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Due to the cost of building new prisons and the cost per inmate, Texas has implemented a new model that encourages judges to send parolees to treatment programs rather than back to prison when they misstep. Texas is s...

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Sarika Bansal

9 May 2012

New York, New York, United States

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The philanthropic practice of buy-one-give-one can be ineffective if communities are given ill-fitting donations or if the donations supplant local markets. The company Warby Parker ensures lasting change by financing...

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David Bornstein

6 May 2012

Elmira, New York, United States

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In 2010, 5.9 million children were reported as abused or neglected in the United States. The Nurse-Family Partnership, or NFP, arranges for registered nurses to make regular home visits to first-time low-income or vul...

The New York Times

Amy Yee

4 April 2012

New Delhi, Delhi, India

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In the developing world, intestinal worms stunt physical and mental growth, drain energy, and can inhibit school work for children. Deworm the World is a global campaign that lobbied the Delhi government to regularly ...

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Erica Goode

10 March 2012

Mississippi, United States

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A positive transformation in a Mississippi prison has become a focal point for a growing number of states rethinking the use of long-term isolation. Humanitarian groups have long argued that solitary confinement has d...

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Tina Rosenberg

15 February 2012

New York, New York, United States

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Many qualified students lack the motivation to follow through attending college due to a lack of peer support. A highly successful U.S. program sends great inner-city students to elite colleges in groups – one key to ...

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David Bornstein

12 January 2012

United States

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LIFT, founded in 1988 by college students, employs an approach to poverty alleviation grounded in building relationships with communities. LIFT finds volunteers who have demonstrated empathy and then employs them to m...

The Guardian

Jon Henley

19 December 2011

Glasgow, United Kingdom

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In Glasgow, gang violence was rampant and affected the youth of the community. Then a new initiative was started: VRU's Community Initiative to Reduce Violence (CIRV). This initiative focused on providing support to t...

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Nicholas Kristof

2 November 2011

Afghanistan

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Family planning, including access to contraception, is the key to reducing population growth. Not only does family planning therefore reduce poverty and environmental damage, it also saves money. “If you think family ...

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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

Tina Rosenberg

27 October 2011

Somalia

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World Concern, a Seattle-based Christian humanitarian group, provides people around the world with vouchers they can use in select markets, rather than the traditional emergency food aid of rice and other grains. In D...

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Amy Yee

25 October 2011

Nepal

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In developing countries, environmentally friendly and practicality don't always go hand-in-hand. Biogas are changing that. With biogas technology, methane is derived from the feces of humans and animals and is used in...

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David Bornstein

6 October 2011

New York, New York, United States

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A group in New York called Friends of the Children identifies high risk kids in the city and mentors them for 12 years helping them become emotionally stable and capable adults.

The New York Times

Maia Szalavitz

27 September 2011

Washington, United States

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While critics argue that Naloxone isn't safe for over-the-counter use, some cities have found success distributing Naloxone to community members to help save lives of addicts who overdose. Naloxone can be administered...

The New York Times

Maia Szalavitz

22 September 2011

Massachusetts, United States

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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, drug overdoses are the leading cause of injury-related mortality. Naxolone, a drug used to revive overdose victims, is only available by prescription. Howev...

The New York Times

Tina Rosenberg

20 September 2011

Vancouver, Washington, United States

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Two columns on Time Banks, where people swap services – teach calligraphy to one neighbor, and get computer repair from another neighbor. Time Banks create community and make people healthier – which is why hospitals ...

The New York Times

Tina Rosenberg

6 September 2011

Dadaab, Garissa, Kenya

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Refugee camps save lives in emergencies – but often refugees languish there for decades. Two columns on programs that allow refugees to live normally in cities, with an ATM card taking the place of a camp.

The New York Times

Lisa Margonelli

11 August 2011

Keene, New Hampshire, United States

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More Than Wheels, a New Hampshire-based non-profit offers an economically stable solution to the high cost of owning a car. The program offers low-cost car loans that go toward the purchase of fuel-efficient vehicles.

PBS Frontline

Atul Gawande

3 August 2011

Camden, New Jersey, United States

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The highest hospital costs come from preventable emergency room visits. A doctor in Camden developed a home visit program which gives better and cheaper care.

The New York Times

David Bornstein

2 August 2011

Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Organizations are mobilizing volunteers in hospitals to connect low-income families with human services which address social factors like poor housing, nutrition, etc. so patients are able to work and thus afford heal...

The New York Times

David Bornstein

28 July 2011

Boston, Massachusetts, United States

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The United States now has a variety of federally-supported nutrition programs, but the health care system remains disconnected from the social determinants of health. Many doctors simply lack the resources to provide ...

Egypt Independent

Leyla Doss

20 July 2011

Cairo, Egypt

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Frustrated citizens settled in Tahrir Square, in downtown Cairo, and set up a tent city with a school, bookstore, radio station, open-air restaurants, and a cinema. The sit-in is in protest of the military rulers' use...

The New York Times

Tina Rosenberg

23 June 2011

Jaipur, Rajasthan, India

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The Jaipur Limb organization based in India has developed prostheses at low cost, and services are free for the poor. The organization’s efforts have recently spread to other countries with impoverished people. Jaipur...

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