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The New York Times

Stanley Reed

21 September 2018

London, United Kingdom

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UPS has converted about one-third of its diesel vehicles to electric power, a move backed by the British government to reduce carbon dioxide emissions and air pollution in London. While making the switch to electric r...

The Atlantic

Alana Semuels

2 August 2018

Stockton, California, United States

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Stockton is courting philanthropists by billing itself as a budding hub of innovation for fighting poverty. The city is mitigating the risks of tapping private foundations to fund city services by identifying target p...

ProPublica

Annie Waldman

30 July 2018

New York, New York, United States

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To combat racial disparities in maternal health care, New York is funding a partnership program between the city and communities to improve maternal healthcare for women of color. Both public and private hospitals wil...

The New York Times

Natalie Angier

23 July 2018

Mozambique

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A great experiment is taking place at Gorongosa National Park in Mozambique after the area was brutally devastated by civil war. On the back of a new public-private venture, scientist have been able to learn how both ...

BBC

Luis Fajardo

18 July 2018

San Pedro Sula, Honduras

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To attract foreign investment, Honduras is creating privatized cities with Western-style laws and foreign judges. The development initiative is bringing in money and creating jobs, but the enclaves are tailored to ple...

The Guardian

Helen Pidd

4 July 2018

Salford, United Kingdom

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A multi-millionaire has poured money into his home suburb of Irlam, buying up empty stores, funding public art projects, and supporting the town center, sports center, health clinic, and train station. Employment is u...

Next City

Emily Nonko

18 June 2018

Mobile, Alabama, United States

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After witnessing the devastating impact of Hurricane Katrina, changemakers in Alabama took control of creating a more accountable insurance system that valued weather-resilient home construction.

The Philadelphia Citizen

Jill Harkins

1 June 2018

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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Women’s Way, a new Philadelphia-based program, aims to promote economic equality through women’s financial empowerment initiatives. Based on a successful model in Delaware, the program uses financial coaches to help p...

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Brittany Schock

30 May 2018

Hamilton, Ohio, United States

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Hamilton, Ohio has achieved recent success and growth by focusing on “placemaking,” investing money so they city is a place that will attract jobs and talent. This is part of Vision 2020, the city’s plan for decision...

Ensia

Laurie Mazur

25 May 2018

Washington, District of Columbia, United States

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Environmental impact bonds (EIBs) are a relatively new form of financing that combine private investment with government funding in a “pay for success” model. They are different than municipal bonds in that they are i...

The Western News

John Blodgett

17 May 2018

Libby, Montana, United States

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A town once plagued by a reputation of being an asbestos Superfund site as well as having been hit by the timber wars, Libby, Montana is back on the map. Lincoln County commissioner, Mark Peck of Libby, the county sea...

Ensia

Erica Gies

8 May 2018

United States

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In response to the growing concern about the world's water supply, a movement known in the United States as "One Water" has taken shape and is gathering momentum on a mission to halt floods, droughts and water polluti...

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Anoush Darabi

8 May 2018

Brighton and Hove, United Kingdom

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Governments in the United Kingdom, the United States, and elsewhere use crowdfunded donations to restore historic areas and fund new developments. The approach can build democratic participation and community cohesion...

BBC

Emily Kasriel

26 April 2018

Toronto, Canada

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The Regent Park neighborhood in Toronto is now home to a mixed income housing development project in which residents of different income groups are living alongside one another. It’s also bringing a private developer ...

Next City

Audrey F. Henderson

5 April 2018

Chicago, Illinois, United States

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In the Chicago area, two groups are helping ensure that African Americans are included in the future of solar energy. Alongside Blacks in Green, a group that connects black communities to green jobs, Millennium Solar ...

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Courtney McNaull

15 March 2018

Ashland, Ohio, United States

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In Ashland, a pump factory turned into Pump House Ministries. However, after facing several fires and unfortunate tax trouble, the non-profit handed most of its property over to the local government. The city and char...

Richland Source

Tracy Geibel

13 March 2018

Mansfield, Ohio, United States

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Many cities have the potential to prosper under the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, which created “opportunity zones” to increase investment in “distressed” areas. To maximize the potential for local investment, the Richl...

The New York Times

Tina Rosenberg

6 March 2018

New Haven, Connecticut, United States

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In cases where funding is short for social programs, social impact bonds are becoming an increasingly appealing funding mechanism. Private investors and philanthropic institutions invest money upfront to fund a social...

PBS NewsHour

Fred de Sam Lazaro

25 February 2018

San Salvador, El Salvador

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YouthBuild El Salvador is a program, partly funded by the United States, that teaches participants leadership and marketable skills, with an underlying emphasis on empathy, responsibility, and conflict resolution. In ...

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Virginia Gewin

30 January 2018

United States

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The advancement of technology has created the capability to consider solutions never before possible. Conservation X Labs, a startup based in Washington, D.C., has committed their focused on marrying the worlds of con...

Quartz

Jenny Anderson

22 January 2018

Kenya

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Founded by Silicon Valley veterans and funders in 2007 to serve the world's poorest students and most under-resourced teachers, Bridge International Academies now operates 600 low-cost private schools in Kenya, Nigeri...

60 Minutes

Scott Pelley

7 January 2018

Chicago, Illinois, United States

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What if a computer program could tell you who was at risk for shooting someone or being shot themselves? This is now a reality for Chicago Police Department. By piloting the use of this technology, and assembly a coho...

Slate

Henry Grabar

28 December 2017

Memphis, Tennessee, United States

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While there is support among the Memphis government to remove statues of Jefferson Davis and Nathan Bedford Forrest, the Tennessee state government has passed legislation which stymied local efforts. In response, the ...

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

David D. Haynes

13 December 2017

Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States

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A columnist looks at the proposal to bring red light cameras to Milwaukee after a string of horrific car accidents where a driver blew through traffic lights. The piece covers a good deal of data on the efficacy of re...

NPR

Amy Yee

8 December 2017

Ghana

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Investment in African agriculture has wide-ranging impact because the industry provides 60 percent of employment in the continent. Injaro, founded by an investment banker, is a private equity fund that seeks to invest...

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