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The Washington Post

Sarah Kliff

25 October 2013

Kentucky, United States

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Accessible affordable health care is needed for millions of uninsured Americans. The Affordable Care Act is a viable solution that helps the uninsured. Although the launching of the website had some glitches, many st...

The New York Times

Amy Yee

8 October 2013

Punjab, India

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With 60 percent of India's population relying on agriculture for living, the country faces a dire challenge of what to do with accumulated agricultural waste. Instead of burning it, as they traditionally would do, the...

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...

NPR

Sarah Hulett

20 June 2013

Detroit, Michigan, United States

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In Detroit, many business owners and the city itself hope that filing for bankruptcy will help the city start fresh and ultimately become a thriving urban center, mirroring other cities that recovered from near financ...

NPR

Eliza Barclay

14 June 2013

Detroit, Michigan, United States

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Organizations in Detroit are piloting a program to apply food stamp credits in grocery stores towards the purchase of nutritious produce, in order to increase access to healthy items. The initiative can also help the ...

Bloomberg CityLab

Sarah Goodyear

13 June 2013

Bogotá, Colombia

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Bogotá has become a danger for pedestrians. Cars have the right of the way and it is up to pedestrians to stay alert and safe. Now, citizens are using paint on sidewalks and roads to draw attention to dangers such as ...

The New York Times

Sarika Bansal

12 June 2013

Pune, Maharashtra, India

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Throughout India, wastepickers – people who scour landfills for garbage they can sell to recyclers – live at the bottom of society. But the city of Pune did something radical: with the help of a collective, they did a...

The Washington Post

Michael Alison Chandler

13 May 2013

Manassas, Virginia, United States

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Through programs across the country, nurses, social workers, or trained mentors offer support to new or expectant parents, imparting skills to help them become better teachers for their children. Through regular home ...

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

Amy Yee

21 March 2013

Bangladesh

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Saving money while conserving water and electricity is a win-win for the textile industry in Bangladesh. After a joint effort to improve the mechanics and upgrade the factories, the industry saw a savings of 1.2 milli...

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

David Bornstein

23 January 2013

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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Social programs are seen as a fiscal burden on the U.S. However, investment in effective social programs saves taxpayer dollars so evaluating the performance of federal programs could help Congress act more responsibly.

The New York Times

Tina Rosenberg

21 November 2012

Kolkata, West Bengal, India

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In many parts of the world, not owning one's own land is more directly correlated to poverty than other factors such as illiteracy, but land reform is controversial, difficult, and expensive. A new program called Land...

FastCompany

Whitney Pastorek

1 November 2012

India

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In rural communities throughout India, having access to clean water does not always come easy. Sarvajal, originally a non-profit experiment, believes that water insecurity is a solvable issue, however. By helping thos...

PBS NewsHour

Fred de Sam Lazaro

12 July 2012

Madarounfa, Maradi, Niger

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Officials in Niger are addressing chronic severe droughts causing food shortages and leading to a widespread threat of starvation. They provide aid to malnourished children and resources for a crop planting technique ...

The New York Times

Michael Kimmelman

18 May 2012

Medellin, Colombia

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Medellin, Colombia has looked to architecture to help combat its high homicide rate and other problems. Over the past few decades there have been massive public architecture development, transit improvements, creatio...

The New York Times

Tina Rosenberg

2 May 2012

Baltimore, Maryland, United States

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CitiStat has show great success in cities like Baltimore, where it has improved city services' efficiency (removing snow, fixing potholes, etc.). Many cities use Stat programs, but Baltimore has been a particular case...

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

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...

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

David Bornstein

14 July 2011

Boston, Massachusetts, United States

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A non-traditional program called the Family Independence Initiative (F.I.I.), uses a radically different approach from the traditional American social service model to empower entire families alleviate themselves from...

The New York Times

Tina Rosenberg

9 June 2011

Boston, Massachusetts, United States

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Many offenders get out of jail owing hundreds or thousands of dollars in court and parole fees but face barriers to financing and job acquisition, sticking them in a punitive, vicious cycle of debt and arrest. A progr...

Inside Climate News

Maria Gallucci

28 March 2011

Reno, Nevada, United States

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In a campaign to boost community interest in and use of urban wind power, city officials in Reno, Nevada, are helping consumers take the guesswork out of buying home turbines. Through an online consumer guide called t...

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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