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The New York Times

David Bornstein

30 May 2011

Colombia

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For millions of students who could succeed in college, the limiting factor is money. Is it possible to finance higher education the way we finance start-up companies? A company called Lumni uses “human capital contrac...

The New York Times

Tina Rosenberg

26 May 2011

Daerah Khusus Ibukota Jakarta, Indonesia

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In Jakarta’s slums, families can’t buy their children nutritious food. So Mercy Corps started a for-profit chain of food carts selling healthy kids’ meals. A second column highlights the challenges NGOs face when they...

The New York Times

Tina Rosenberg

23 May 2011

Daerah Khusus Ibukota Jakarta, Indonesia

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Asian cities are over-crowded and many residences are kitchenless, causing families with children to consume unhealthy food from the street vendors. Mercy Corps, a non-profit organization that advocates nutrition, has...

The New York Times

David Bornstein

19 May 2011

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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First Book Marketplace, which makes quality, new books affordable for children in low-income families, is providing not only improved access to engaging educational materials, but a sense of dignity and self worth tha...

The New York Times

David Bornstein

16 May 2011

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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Lack of reading material is not only a third-world problem – many poor families in the United States lack access to and funds for books. A program that helps get books to into the homes of low-income families can boos...

The New York Times

Tina Rosenberg

12 May 2011

Ethiopia

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Oxfam is working to prevent a drought in Ethiopa by insuring crops of farmers, causing them to have a greater desire to work in the agricultural market.

The New York Times

Tina Rosenberg

25 April 2011

Miami, Florida, United States

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Washing hands in between contact with patients is one of the most important things a healthcare worker can do to prevent the spread of disease and reduce the rise of superbugs like MRSA. A new technology is increasing...

Pacific Standard

Vince Beiser

25 April 2011

Stanford, California, United States

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Despite the trillions of dollars of aid money, donations, and goods gifted to impoverished nations each year, the cycle of poverty fails to break, and conventional thinking has shifted to believing that the poor are b...

The New York Times

Tina Rosenberg

14 April 2011

New York, New York, United States

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Corporations concerned about their social and environmental impact must also consider the costs. Bcorps, a new form of corporation in the U.S., are using a rigorous certification process to gain consumers trust and bo...

The New York Times

Tina Rosenberg

11 April 2011

Burlington, Vermont, United States

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For triple-bottom-line businesses, there are no guarantees that responsible practices will continue after a sale of the company. 'B corp', a new form of corporation in the United States, is one that aims to maximize n...

The New York Times

Tina Rosenberg

31 March 2011

United States

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New crowdfunding options can help even the smallest donor's contributions to have a meaningful impact, bolstering a sense of personal involvement, maximizing knowledge about causes, and inspiring greater participation.

The New York Times

Tina Rosenberg

18 February 2011

Halgaon, Maharashtra, India

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The second of two columns on how ordinary women trained to become their village doctors are making rural villages much healthier. Financial incentives, supporting workers, and encouraging cooperation from governments ...

National Geographic

Jeff Smith

16 February 2011

Ghana

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Less charcoal, faster cook times, energy efficient and healthier: these are all terms that have been associated with a new cooking stove produced by the small Ghana business Toyola Energy. This stove acts as a dual so...

The New York Times

Tina Rosenberg

4 February 2011

Antigua Guatemala, Guatemala

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Two columns on microconsignment, a new variation on microcredit that helps poor people living in developing countries - particularly women in rural villages - start small social businesses without taking on debt or re...

The New York Times

Tina Rosenberg

31 January 2011

Nebaj, Guatemala

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Microcredit can get people into debt when used poorly. A company in Guatemala is giving products to poor entrepreneurs on consignment and then charging a commission upon sale and in this way removing the entrepreneurs...

The New York Times

David Bornstein

24 January 2011

Boston, Massachusetts, United States

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The non-profit program Year Up is getting low-income young people into jobs by training them in the culture of work. The organization pairs companies—which help fund the training period—with interns from disadvantaged...

The New York Times

David Bornstein

10 January 2011

New Delhi, Delhi, India

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Access to electricity in India takes a huge economic, educational, and health-related toll. A small company called Husk Power Systems has created an innovative system that is turning rice husks into electricity and il...

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...

The New York Times

Tina Rosenberg

3 January 2011

Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Two columns on the most important new development program today, in use in at least 40 poor countries: give the poor cash payments, contingent on their use of health clinics and their children’s school attendance. The...

The New York Times

Tina Rosenberg

19 November 2010

Elgeyo Marakwet, Kenya

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The company that manufactures Lifestraw, a water purification device, has found a way to distribute their product to impoverished Kenyan families for free, while still making a profit. In the global carbon credit mark...

The New York Times

Tina Rosenberg

15 November 2010

Kenya

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The company that manufactures Lifestraw, a water purification device, has found a way to distribute their product to impoverished Kenyan families for free, while still making a profit. In the global carbon credit mark...

The New York Times

David Bornstein

25 October 2010

Managua, Managua, Nicaragua

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The non-profit RootCaptital created a lending initiative in Mexico which helps mid-size rural farmers gain access to capital, skills, and consumer markets from which they would otherwise be excluded.

Time Magazine

Lee Middleton

19 June 2010

Butare, Rwanda

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The opening of an ice cream shop in Butare, Rwanda is a small part of a larger effort to bring joy and personal health and happiness to communities who otherwise "ceased to believe they deserved it." A nonprofit based...

Public Radio International (PRI)

Jacob Kushner

11 May 2010

Haiti

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Building Markets, an NGO, has connected Haitian businesses with foreign NGOs who can funnel humanitarian aid through the local suppliers and manufacturers in the aftermath of the devastating earthquake of 2010. Typica...

The New Yorker

Atul Gawande

1 June 2009

McAllen, Texas, United States

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Studies show that spending more money on healthcare, past a certain level of care, worsens patient outcomes. Mayo Clinic has one of the highest-quality for the lowest cost healthcare systems in the nation. They achiev...

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