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NationSwell

Chris Peak

9 October 2015

Memphis, Tennessee, United States

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Family Rewards is a three-year program in Memphis, which aims to stop inter-generational poverty cycles. The program gives low income families funds that are conditional on bettering the next generation.

The Lo-Down

Ed Litvak

8 October 2015

New York, New York, United States

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A starting point for addressing the problem of small-business extinction - a description of possible solutions being enacted in New York City.

The New York Times

Nathaniel Popper

7 October 2015

Utah, United States

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In Utah, Goldman Sachs funded the education of preschoolers and was reimbursed by the state once it was shown that the kids would not need special education. Social impact investments, like this one in Utah, can help ...

Orange County Register

Jordan Graham

7 October 2015

Costa Mesa, California, United States

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Illicit activity is rampant in the rundown motel rooms dotting Costa Mesa’s Harbor and Newport boulevards. Officials think they finally have a plan to make some of those motels disappear: Property zoning.

FreshWater Cleveland

Douglas J. Guth

5 October 2015

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States

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Cities along the USA's rust belt, such as Pittsburgh, Cleveland, and Detroit, have been encouraging immigrants to settle in their cities through various organization as a way to combat their population decline. The in...

Al Jazeera

Karin Slater

4 October 2015

Pernambuco, Brazil

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Brazil's Straw Hat project helps women affected by domestic violence leave abusive situations and enter the economy, creating a path to self-sustainability.

Bloomberg CityLab

Tiffany R. Jansen

2 October 2015

Deventer, Overijssel, Netherlands

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More retirement and nursing homes are asking college students to move in, an arrangement that benefits everyone. Students stay free of charge in exchange for volunteering to help the seniors.

The Guardian

Alison Moodie

1 October 2015

Chatsworth, California, United States

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The term circular economy refers to the cycle or reusability, and is an ambitious but realistic goal for many companies to take part in. However, until recently, many lacked the education and technology to implement t...

The New York Times

Tina Rosenberg

25 September 2015

San Francisco, California, United States

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Great solutions to common problems often already exist and have been implemented elsewhere. By crowdsourcing ideas and broadening the pool from which contractors are selected, cities across the world are improving the...

Al Jazeera

Karin Slater

22 September 2015

Kakamega, Kakamega, Kenya

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Kenya's female water tank masons are delivering measurable benefits to their communities and empowering other women to take up leadership roles.

PBS NewsHour

Fred de Sam Lazaro

16 September 2015

Bengaluru, Karnataka, India

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In a country where millions of citizens make less than $2 a day, a chain of hospitals has brought down the prices of life-saving surgeries and pioneered a health insurance plan that is just 11 cents a month. These hos...

Ensia

Gabriella Mulligan

14 September 2015

Naivasha, Nakuru County, Kenya

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Sub-Saharan Africa faces significant challenges in two areas that previously may have been considered in separate spheres: lack of access to sanitary waste disposal, and a growing need for clean, affordable energy. No...

SciDev.Net

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Jerry Redfern

12 September 2015

Timor-Leste

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A Ministry of Agriculture project called "Seeds of Life" grants local farmers genetically-solidified seeds in order to fight food insecurity in the country. The farmers will produce the crops and sell them back to bot...

The New York Times

Tina Rosenberg

11 September 2015

Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States

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At a time when university students lack opportunities and financial help to test their innovative business ideas, the Resolution Project supports higher education students who have ideas for socially responsible busin...

The New York Times

Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala

9 September 2015

Niger

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Creative, bottom-up solutions in renewable energy and land use are helping combat poverty in many parts of rural Africa. An innovative business model combining solar power and cellphones allows rural areas to access c...

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Amy Elliott Bragg

4 September 2015

Cleveland, Ohio, United States

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Urban farms across the country are incorporating creative strategies to make farms sustainable. Farms in Cleveland are teaching refugees to engage in agriculture as a way to adapt to their new community, while one far...

Pacific Standard

Maura Ewing

3 September 2015

New York, New York, United States

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When paying bail isn't a realistic ask of a defendant, many times the person will plead guilty to avoid jail time even if it means having a record. To solve the problem of the poor being unfairly punished by small cri...

The Caravan

Sowmiya Ashok

2 September 2015

Kenya

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Kenya has an alarmingly high rate of maternal mortality rate and many women are afraid to give birth at the hospital for fear of being treated violently. OparanyaCare uses financial incentives to get women to seek pre...

The Guardian

Amy Yee

1 September 2015

Dhaka, Bangladesh

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All across Asia there is a growing market for micro-insurance, or targeted insurance policies that provide benefits to the poorest individuals and families. As of 2012, over 170 million people in Asia were using some ...

The New York Times

Tim McKeough

21 August 2015

Staten Island, New York, United States

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Renovating and furnishing a home can be hugely expensive. Homeowners who are renovating on a budget, and want to do so in a way that is evironmentally friendly, can find recycled luxury kitchens and other lightly used...

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Dan Charles

19 August 2015

California, United States

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Farmers in California increasingly face water shortages. To help solve the problem, some are looking to Australia, where a national water market has provided an economic solution. By buying and selling water rights, f...

The Atlantic

Alana Semuels

18 August 2015

Baldwin, Michigan, United States

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College was never much of an option for most students in this tiny town of 1,200 located in the woods of the Manistee National Forest. But residents of Baldwin, Michigan, pooled together their money to provide scholar...

The Huffington Post

Eleanor Goldberg

30 July 2015

Shinyanga, Tanzania

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Many unskilled workers in Tanzania are women and, due to gender inequality, they are often disregarded and live with economic hardship. Oxfam Tanzania has a reality show that raises awareness of women farmers. The win...

The Ithaca Voice

Melissa Whitworth

24 July 2015

Newfield, New York, United States

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When veterans return from service, there is often a need for meaningful, guided reintegration into civilian life - farm business incubator programs in New York are helping veterans to learn the trade and start their o...

The Guardian

James Meikle

21 July 2015

United Kingdom

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The Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH), a charity dedicated to improving health and wellbeing in society, has outlined plans for different occupations – including cleaners, hairdressers, postal workers, and restau...

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