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The New York Times

David Bornstein

8 January 2014

New York, New York, United States

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A panoply of responses to poverty has emerged to address poverty in the United States and abroad. The responses share in three key tactics: Measuring impact, paying for success, and collaboration.

WHYY

Zach Seward

5 December 2013

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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With more and more Americans having to pay medical costs out of pocket, a small company out of Philadelphia called ELAP is on the front lines of the war against escalating charges. By helping overwhelmed patients to d...

Kaiser Health News

Jenny Gold

21 November 2013

Fort Dodge, Iowa, United States

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In Iowa, a Medicare program uses financial incentives to encourage doctors and hospitals to provide the highest quality care possible. The approach has proven successful in providing comprehensive treatment for freque...

The New York Times

Tina Rosenberg

16 November 2013

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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Child obesity is decreasing even among poor children. Making healthy food more widely available, as well as using financial incentive programs, has greatly helped in increasing habits of healthy eating.

The Telegraph

Jean Friedman-Rudovsky

16 November 2013

Binkolo, Bombali District, Sierra Leone

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The bloody civil war that tore through Sierra Leone for over a decade was one of the most devastating and violent in Africa's modern history. Those that suffered most were usually young woman, forced into combat, disp...

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...

WNYC

Manoush Zomorodi

16 October 2013

New York, New York, United States

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The 2008 recession’s job losses spurred a development of a Do-It-Yourself economy. With the advent of Uber, Etsy, Airbnb, and others, the marketplace has become full of micro-entrepreneurs who thrive with independent ...

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...

The Huffington Post

Sarah van Gelder

4 October 2013

United States

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Climate change is obviously a real and present problem - but it needs to become both more covered in the media, as well as respected by corporations, for it to start to be remedied.

The New York Times

Tina Rosenberg

25 September 2013

Odisha, India

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Poor people are less likely to make smart financial decisions; however, new research in the U.S. says this is not about intelligence but rather about a brain being overwhelmed with issues related to poverty. To combat...

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

David Bornstein

21 August 2013

Bengaluru, Karnataka, India

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Water:Charity assumed that money and celebrity exposure would be able to solve the world’s access-to-clean-water crisis. But this approach often led to more abandoned water pumps. Charities – and journalists who cover...

The New York Times

Tina Rosenberg

31 July 2013

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, United States

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An Oklahoma surgery center made news by posting its prices online – a revolutionary idea in an industry where consumers normally are buying blind. This is a big reason health care costs so much, but recent months have...

The New York Times

Mona El-Naggar

26 July 2013

New York, New York, United States

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Instead of following the traditional corporate model of financial philanthropy, Toyota gave its engineers to the Food Bank for New York City: trained in "kaizen" (Japanese for “continuous improvement). The engineers a...

USA Today

Laura Baverman

21 July 2013

Antigua, Guatemala

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Development work is evolving beyond short-term mission trips and one-off donations into a more comprehensive, in-depth model that addresses long-term sustainability of a solution paired with empowerment of those being...

The Guardian

Dan Collyns

8 July 2013

Tambopata, Peru

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Rainforest Expeditions, an innovative eco-tourism company in Peru, helps the local economy while also promoting conservation of the natural rainforest. By working with Infierno, the local indigenous community in a sou...

Forbes

Devin Thorpe

26 June 2013

Luanda, Angola

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Everyone wants to eradicate poverty - but how can it actually be done? Vital Capital, an impact investment firm, aims to make change and lift people out of poverty in Angola.

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...

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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 ...

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 New York Times

Tina Rosenberg

22 May 2013

Kisumu, Nyanza, Kenya

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For-profit companies are making good private schools available even to Africa’s poor. They can do it – and can do it on an enormous scale – by hiring neighborhood residents to teach, and scripting out every word of ev...

Kaiser Health News

Ankita Rao

15 May 2013

El Dorado, California, United States

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The Affordable Care Act’s provisions to increase health care while decreasing costs have caused physicians some economic uncertainties. Two physicians have transformed their practices into business models that offer ...

The New York Times

Liz Alderman

14 May 2013

Paris, France

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The impoverished communities in Paris had high unemployment for adults and youth. The French government has offered financial incentives to hire people from the banlieues. Talents de Cités, a governmental program, off...

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...

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