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GOOD Magazine

Priti Salian

8 March 2016

Rajasthan, India

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In Rajasthan, India, the literacy rate of women stands at 53%, which falls far below the country's rate of 74%, the low literacy rate is also believed to be a likely contributor to the high rate of child brides in the...

The New York Times

Dan Levin

28 February 2016

Regent Park, Canada

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An ambitious plan for the 69-acre Regent Park neighborhood is disrupting entrenched notions of class, race and religion, at a time when concerns over income inequality and immigration are growing.

SciDev.Net

Karen Coates

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 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 New York Times

Sabrina Tavernise

5 July 2015

Walsenburg, Colorado, United States

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Colorado causes a large decline in teen pregnancy and abortions by implementing free, long-term birth control to prevent pregnancy. While demonstrating massive success, its continuity is in the air considering the ong...

Deseret News

Lane Anderson

24 June 2015

New Haven, Connecticut, United States

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Researchers from Yale and MIT conducted a poverty study across various countries and found that aid can relieve poverty if it is comprehensive and gives people a productive asset.

Reuters

Dean Karlan

17 June 2015

Korom, Ethiopia

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For years, policymakers have debated different approaches to helping the poor , but new data offers resounding evidence for a strategy that works: an approach known as a “Graduation” program. This method offers partic...

The New York Times

Tina Rosenberg

15 May 2015

Rangpur, Rajshahi Division, Bangladesh

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Though poverty rates are dropping worldwide, the 'ultrapoor' tend to stay where they are. BRAC works to break the poverty cycle by donating money-making assets mixed with cash and food grants.

The New York Times

David Bornstein

17 April 2015

New York, New York, United States

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Turnaround for Children, an organization founded to address mental health issues and their repercussions in the classroom, focuses on preparing teachers and schools to structure classroom environments in a constructiv...

The New York Times

Sabrina Tavernise

22 March 2015

Minnesota, United States

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Some medical conditions are costly no matter what, but many super utilizers rack up costs for avoidable reasons related to poverty, homelessness, mental illness, etc. and visit the ER to be safe for a night. A pilot p...

PBS

Sam Chaltain

17 March 2015

Hartsville, South Carolina, United States

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Harsville, South Carolina is trying to better its educational program. But first it must change the standard of living in the town to provide greater examples of success for the children to follow.

Public Radio International (PRI)

Sonia Narang

22 January 2015

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In the Philipines, contraception has been hard to find resulting in many parents without money to feed their children, unsafe abortions, and poor maternal health. A new reproductive law aims to change this by allowing...

Deseret News

Lane Anderson

5 January 2015

Dauphin, Manitoba, Canada

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In a pilot program in a Canadian city, the working poor were given monthly cash supplements to their income. The recipients did not stop working and were able to access opportunities to make a better living long term.

The New York Times

David Bornstein

27 November 2014

Tanzania

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In combatting poverty, a giant informal economic system has quietly emerged in Africa. Women participate in micro-finance organizations that loan money in order to allow them to create businesses and become self-manag...

The New York Times

Tina Rosenberg

6 November 2014

Los Angeles, California, United States

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The minimum wage issue has been debated endlessly, with arguments both for and against its effectiveness. An increase, tested in some states and enacted in others, immeasurably betters the quality of life for low-inco...

PBS NewsHour

Fred de Sam Lazaro

30 October 2014

St. Paul, Minnesota, United States

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Mobile Action Ministries in St. Paul, Minnesota is bringing church to those who often don’t have access to it. Led by Reverand Margaret Kelly, the church brings those experiencing poverty and homelessness meals and wo...

The New York Times

David Leonhardt

16 September 2014

Palo Alto, California, United States

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Attending college is not always a given option for gifted teenagers from less-than-wealthy backgrounds. National organization QuestBridge creates a way for low-income and minority high-achieving students to go to thei...

Mother Jones

Tim Murphy

1 June 2014

Richmond, California, United States

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Since Richmond, California’s Office of Neighborhood Safety began paying stipends to its “fellows” – the dozens of young men it works with at any given time who are deemed to be at high risk of gun-violence involvement...

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...

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...

The New York Times

David Bornstein

17 April 2013

Bangladesh

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There is much debate about microfinance and whether it actually works. The founder of Grameen Bank, Muhammad Yunus, discusses the fight to eliminate poverty through his micro-lending bank and the future of social busi...

The New York Times

David Bornstein

17 October 2012

United States

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We’re getting smarter about the way we’re addressing social problems. Patterns in the most effective solutions are emerging, such as making evidence-based decisions, accepting that humans act irrationally, and bringin...

Public Radio International (PRI)

Jacob Kushner

28 June 2012

Haiti

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An essential roadway in Haiti is being rebuilt in the kind of aid Haitians say is vital to economic recovery after the catastrophic earthquake of 2010. National Route 7 is an important highway for farmers and other me...

The New York Times

Tina Rosenberg

23 June 2011

Jaipur, Rajasthan, India

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The Jaipur Limb organization based in India has developed prostheses at low cost, and services are free for the poor. The organization’s efforts have recently spread to other countries with impoverished people. Jaipur...

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...

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