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Bloomberg Businessweek

Ted Alcorn

7 November 2021

Togo

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An all-digital system delivered monthly payments to millions of Togolese people in need during the coronavirus. The platform, built in two weeks, immediately verifies applicants’ eligibility and instantly sends a text...

The Precision NG

Shola Ilesanmi

29 October 2021

Ondo, Nigeria

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The Abiyamo Maternal and Child Health Insurance Scheme provides free maternal and early childhood care, including hospital deliveries, to improve maternal and childhood survival rates. The government made a budgetary ...

The New York Times

Jill Cowan

17 October 2021

San Diego, California, United States

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While much of the state is still facing a severe drought, San Diego has access to plenty of water. Restrictions - like not allowing restaurants to serve water unless it’s asked for and barring residents from watering ...

Lithuanian Radio and Television (LRT)

Rūta Nikitinaitė

29 September 2021

Denmark

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Transportation accounts for some of the most emissions in the EU, one-third, out of those 72 percent are from road transportation. In Denmark, the government places high tax-rates on vehicles and tax reductions on ele...

Bloomberg CityLab

Corinne Gretler

26 September 2021

Zurich, Switzerland

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Zurich, Switzerland's largest city, is paving the way for sustainable building. Concrete is a major contributor of climate change due to the process it requires to make it. Zurich is making steps to reduce its use. Ba...

Time Magazine

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Abigail Abrams

16 September 2021

Compton, California, United States

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A guaranteed income program is giving people the financial security to invest in themselves, avoid predatory loans, pay off debt, and improve their general quality of life. The lack of conditions on how the monthly ca...

BBC

Simon Maybin

14 September 2021

United Kingdom

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To limit the spread of COVID-19, the Everyone In initiative offers housing to people experiencing homelessness. In the first few months of the program, the government paid for hotel rooms – which were empty due to the...

Sudbury.com

Frank Rupnik

31 August 2021

Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

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Oasis is a supervised drug consumption site in Ottawa that reduces the risk of death from accidental overdose and reduces the spread of infectious diseases. In 2020, operating at reduced capacity because of COVID-19, ...

The Seattle Times

Daniel Beekman

9 August 2021

Seattle, Washington, United States

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The Equitable Communities Initiative brought together representatives from a range of nonprofits serving people of color to make recommendations for investments that support communities of color. Each panelist brought...

Transitions Online

Zdenka Kovarikova

3 August 2021

Czech Republic

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Cervene Pecky and Dolany, two small towns in Prague, were able to fix their flooding problems through a process known as land consolidation. Prior to the land consolidation, the towns would get flooded by rainwater. ...

Oregon Public Broadcasting (OPB)

Allison Frost

29 July 2021

Taiwan

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Taiwan responded to COVID-19 quickly, which helped keep cases low and avoid widespread shutdowns. The country had closely tracked its PPE stockpiles since the 2003 SARS outbreak, has a national health command center t...

The Kansas Leadership Center Journal (KLC Journal)

Stan Finger

27 July 2021

Kansas, United States

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Civic engagement academies throughout Kansas provide participants with behind-the-scenes views of how their local government operates. Participants meet with emergency responders, learn how city officials put together...

SciDev.Net

Justice Nwafor

26 July 2021

Lagos, Nigeria

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Teams of recyclers in Nigeria gather plastic bottles from the streets and landfills and brings them to recycling plants where they can exchange the waste for money. HISL Recyclers collects this waste — which usually c...

Block Club Chicago

Alex V. Hernandez

22 July 2021

Chicago, Illinois, United States

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Alderman Matt Martin worked with school leaders to involve students in determining how to spend discretionary funding for their school. After learning about local governance, participatory budgeting, and how infrastru...

Struggles from Below Magazine

Oliver Gordon

21 July 2021

Puerto Morelos, Quintana Roo, Mexico

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In Puerto Morelos, the 100-mile stretch of the Mesoamerican Reef is insured. The model was born out of a collaboration between the local government, hotel owners, an international NGO, and an insurance behemoth, who g...

The Kansas Leadership Center Journal (KLC Journal)

Stan Finger

20 July 2021

Kansas, United States

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When courthouses and in-person government meetings shut down because of COVID-19, officials satisfied Kansas’ open meeting mandate by using pandemic relief aid to equip buildings with the technology needed to live str...

The 19th

Chabeli Carrazana

20 July 2021

Arkansas, United States

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Project PLAY, the third of Arkansas’ three-tiered mental health consultation system, has reduced high expulsion and suspension rates for children in child care settings. The program provides consultants who go into cl...

WBEZ

Elly Fishman

12 July 2021

California, United States

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California residents passed Proposition 11, a redistricting reform ballot initiative, in 2008 and in 2010, voters strengthened that reform by passing a bill to allow an independent commission to redraw state and congr...

Living Here

Anna Lamb-Yorski

8 July 2021

Canada

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Pollution caused by demolition is expected to be 2.2 billion tons by 2021. However, up to 75 percent of materials in a demolition can be recycled. An alternative method to demolition is deconstruction or unbuilding. T...

The Washington Post

Antonio Olivo

6 July 2021

Fairfax, Virginia, United States

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Fairfax County, Virginia, boasts the state's most ambitious program to divert cases from criminal prosecution to treatment courts, including for drug offenses and involving veterans. But all of the work by prosecutors...

Vox

Christina Thornell

6 July 2021

Taiwan

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Throughout 2020, Taiwanese society largely remained open and the country had 7 COVID-19 deaths. Taiwan’s 2003 experience with SARS set up an existing infrastructure to act quickly, including a centralized information ...

Reasons to be Cheerful

Peter Yeung

5 July 2021

Colombia

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In Colombia, there are about 50,000 waste pickers, they collect and sort through trash to findrecyclabless to make a living. Their livelihood was threatened in the 1990s after Colombia adopted neoliberal policies that...

The Kansas City Beacon

Celisa Calacal

28 June 2021

Kansas City, Missouri, United States

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A neighborhood association is renovating dilapidated and neglected houses into livable homes that have transformed the look and feel of neighborhoods in Kansas City. The Lykins Neighborhood Association is able to assu...

The Kansas Leadership Center Journal (KLC Journal)

Kaylie McLaughlin

24 June 2021

Marysville, Kansas, United States

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The vaccination rate of Marshall County is six percentage points higher than the state overall, a success that is built on an existing infrastructure of public health and trust-building that predates the pandemic. The...

Oregon Public Broadcasting (OPB)

Geoff Norcross

23 June 2021

Oregon, United States

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In 1971, Oregon became the first state to adopt a law that established refundable deposits on beer and soft drink containers. So, if a consumer returned their plastic bottle, they would get their deposit back and that...

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