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Detroit Free Press

Jeff Seidel

17 December 2016

Richmond, California, United States

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The police department and the Office of Neighbourhood Safety in Richmond, CA are lowering the number of homicides by identifying the youths most likely to commit crimes and giving them cash in return for compliance wi...

Detroit Free Press

Jeff Seidel

17 December 2016

Richmond, California, United States

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A program in Richmond California identifies and enlists felons and youth at-risk for firearm violence in a fellowship, and is credited for a 76% decrease in homicides in the city. Participants receive relationship bui...

Detroit Free Press

Kristen Jordan Shamus

13 December 2016

Peterborough, United Kingdom

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A project launched in the United Kingdom uses social-impact bonds to reduce recidivism among prisoners, bringing together public and private resources to implement more effective and cost efficient social programs. Th...

Christian Science Monitor

Ryan Lenora Brown

11 December 2016

Maseru, Lesotho

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The approach of giving cash straight to poor people - rather than funneling goods or services indirectly through the slow, diluted, and complex systems of charities or governments - is nothing new, but evidence of lon...

Clean Energy Finance Forum

Emily Wier

5 December 2016

New York, New York, United States

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Climate financing, determining which nations pay and which nations receive, is a challenge for the United Nations. The World Bank created a Pilot Auction Fund, which competitively allocates credit in an online auction...

Forbes

Kerry A. Dolan

30 November 2016

San Francisco, California, United States

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For the superrich and the biggest U.S. charitable foundations, donating to universities, hospitals and cultural institutions is the norm. Less common are donations targeted at "social change" such as alleviating pover...

BBC

Sahar Zand

20 November 2016

Beqaa Valley, Lebanon

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In a creative twist, Syrian refugees are being given cash cards to spend as they wish rather than being given food boxes or in-kind donations. Agencies and refugees themselves say that it gives them dignity and choice...

The New York Times

Tina Rosenberg

13 September 2016

Lebanon

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In Lebanon, services for refugees are often misguided and ineffective. To address this issue, the country created a cash-debit card allowance for refugees, providing a more appropriate resource than the typical aid pr...

The Correspondent

Sanne Blauw

Maite Vermeulen

8 September 2016

United States

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Research has shown that "feel good altruism" is making you feel good but is not helping people in need. In order to pivot towards "effective altruism," one must question many factors like effectiveness, beneficiaries,...

The New York Times

Sonia Nazario

11 August 2016

San Pedro Sula, Honduras

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The gang-driven violence in Honduras has caused thousands to migrate to the United States. In the last three years, with emergency international aid from the United States, Honduras has experienced a 62 percent drop i...

Quartz

Elizabeth MacBride

7 August 2016

Amman, Jordan

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In the Middle East, refugee camps are expensive to run-- particularly because shipping food aid is expensive, and the refugees feel victimized in an environment where they have no agency or purchasing power. The UN Hi...

Devex

Catherine Cheney

18 July 2016

Kenya

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GiveDirectly is launching this basic income pilot with more than 6,000 Kenyan households for the next 10 to 15 years, building on its experience with unconditional cash transfers and randomized control trials in Kenya...

The Guardian

Jason Motlagh

9 June 2016

Richmond, California, United States

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Richmond, California’s Office of Neighborhood Safety uses controversial monthly cash stipends among the incentives it gives to young men it’s trying to steer away from street violence. While the program's first years ...

The Atlantic

Alana Semuels

31 May 2016

Salem, Oregon, United States

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States deal with poverty and employment differently, depending on their state legislature and, historically, their racial composition. Oregon is a predominantly white state with some of the most generous welfare and e...

FiveThirtyEight

Andrew Flowers

25 April 2016

Zurich, Switzerland

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More and more economists and financiers are supporting the idea of a government-supported basic income check for everyone, regardless of financial status.

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Gina Barton

4 April 2016

Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States

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The Right Path program aims to help break the cycle of poverty and criminality. It covers tuition and course materials for students as well as providing stipends.

Christian Science Monitor

Michael Holtz

11 January 2016

Samut Sakhon, Chang Wat Samut Sakhon, Thailand

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In Thailand, the Issara Institute gives freed workers money, instead of services, and a chance to make their own choices. The system disavows paternalistic programs that tie strings to aid.

The New York Times

David L. Kirp

14 November 2015

Long Beach, California, United States

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A unique educational collaboration in Long Beach, Calif., raises college admissions and graduation rates for underprivileged students by connecting high schools with community colleges. The process starts by awarding ...

Women's eNews

Léa Bouchoucha

11 November 2015

Sacramento, California, United States

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The VA has shifted its approach to ending homelessness among veterans. Now, a place to live--more than drug treatment or mental health counseling--is considered the starting point for helping a soldier who is struggli...

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 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...

Center for Global Development

Jonah Busch

20 April 2015

India

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Evidence continues to build that humans are contributing to a climate change issue that is nothing but bad news for the planet. Hopeful stories from seven countries, including India, Indonesia, and China, show that ef...

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.

NationSwell

Courtney Subramanian

10 December 2014

New Orleans, Louisiana, United States

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Most cities may have enacted smoking laws to curb people from lighting up in public, but cigarette butts continue to blanket streets, parks and beaches. Salem, Mass., and New Orleans are two such communities that have...

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...

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