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Solutions Story Tracker™

2,275 stories produced by 444 news outlets, featuring 120 countries, and growing everyday.

The Solutions Story Tracker™ is a curated, fully-searchable database of rigorous reporting on responses to the world's most pressing social problems. We collect and tag every story, providing you with the ability to find coverage of e ective innovations and ideas—by issue, location, journalist, or even success factor (how a solution was achieved).

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Meet the Men Who Invest in Women Entrepreneurs

The Story Exchange

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Women tend to invest in female-owned and run companies, but men disproportionately invest in male run companies, which means female companies l...

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How Louisville Crowdsourced a Treatment For Asthma Attacks

CityLab

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The Kentucky metro area has some of the worst air quality in the country, leading to concerning rates of asthma and respiratory disease well above the national averages. But a group called AIR Louisville has implemented a creative, crowdsourced solution that utilizes GPS-enabled inhalers to help ...

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Native Youth and the Prophecy of Crazy Horse

The Atlantic

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After generations of waiting, the Oglala Sioux prophecy is coming true. "Now the Seventh Generation is here" and they are creating a renaissance in the culture of one the least developed communities in the United States. By providing a next to nothing price tag on an excellent school, tuition has...

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Opinion | Sending Health to Rural Ghana via Traveling Medics

The New York Times

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In places such as Ghana, people live far from proper healthcare, which is why Community Health Workers in the region, and in other regions lacking access to healthcare, are being trained. CHW's can help educate individuals about how to stay healthy, increase prevention techniques, and help them g...

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How technology is helping cities cope with mass migration

Citiscope

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In an era of mass migration and vast displacement, communities and governments around the world are struggling to cope with the influx of millions of immigrants and refugees. But different innovations in technology are making integration easier and increasing access to resources for new arrivals ...

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Free Lunch at the Library

The New York Times

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From New York to Ohio to California, librarians have teamed up with the USDA summer food service program and non-profits to feed kids dependent on free/reduced-price lunches during the school year. Using census data to locate communities of greatest need and data to measure participation trends, ...

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Arnold: We’ve Harnessed Media, Entertainment to Empower Nigerian Youth

ThisDay

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The MTV Staying Alive Foundation is using television and entertainment to reach millions of African youth with educational messages about HIV/AIDS and other sexually-transmitted diseases, as well as donating millions to organizations combating the disease. The results are already impressive, with...

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Foodstuffs: Giving Food Stamp Recipients a Place at Farmers Markets

NHPR

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While farmers’ markets popularity has increased in the last decade, the higher prices mitigate equal access to such provisions -- and, by extension, the health benefits. As a result, non-profits and farmers' markets across New Hampshire are collaborating with a state program, Granite State Market...

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Madagascar skirted famine – barely. Now, it's boosting resilience before drought returns.

The Christian Science Monitor

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Drought in Madagascar grows worse each year as its minimal public infrastructure and extensive poverty slow efforts by the UN and various NGOs for food and water distribution. But in recognizing the severity of the cyclical water shortages, organizations are piloting new approaches. These include...

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In Ethiopia, model drought defenses are put to the test

The Christian Science Monitor

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Addis Ababa is almost a whole new world from the rural communities surrounding it. Rural communities in Ethiopia suffer from reoccurring droughts and civil war. Aid and a government program designed to predict natural disasters and work to alleviate the systems before it occurs has helped save li...

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In Extreme Community Policing, Cops Become the Neighbor

Governing

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In efforts to diminish violent crime, police agencies are revisiting a model law enforcement strategy of the 1970s, "community policing," as an alternative to the more recent "broken windows" style of the late nineties. Research substantiates its effectiveness, too, in building citizens' trust of...

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A Cheap Fix for Climate Change? Pay People Not to Chop Down Trees

The New York Times

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In a randomized experiment in western Uganda, scientists demonstrated the effectiveness of paying rural farmers not to chop down trees (responsible for annual CO2 emissions worldwide). They studied for two years the declines in forest cover between a control group (no payment) and the participant...

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The Hang Out Cure: Former Massachusetts Governor William Weld Has An Idea Local Politicians Need To Hear

The Philadelphia Citizen

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There has been a shift in USA politics to politicians no longer knowing eachother, which has detrimental effects on governing and deal-making. William Weld has emphasized the importance of spending time with fellow policians in order to increase bipartisanship and function better in government, a...

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The Great Los Angeles Revolt Against Cars

The American Prospect

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Los Angeles has faced deepening issues of severe traffic and extreme smog pollution in the past several decades, but for years intentions and promises to broadly improve transportation have fallen flat. At long last, the most congested city in the world - once home to the most extensive urban rai...

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Keeping Technology Affordable - Kwasi Twum-Ampofo leads the way

Graphic Online

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Frustrated with poor network service and high costs, many Ghanians have had to tote multiple cheap mobile phones around to conduct business and communications normally. One entrepreneur, Kwasi Twum-Ampofo, decided to develop his own improved brand of smartphone, which is usable both domestically ...

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Our issue area taxonomy was adapted from the PCS Taxonomy with definitions by the Foundation Center, which is licensed under Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial 4.0 International License.

Photos are licensed under Attribution Non Commercial 2.0 Generic Creative Commons license / Desaturated from original, and are credited to the following photographers:

Fondriest Environmental, David De Wit / Community Eye Health, Linda Steil / Herald Post, John Amis / UGA College of Ag & Environmental Sciences – OCCS, Andy B, Peter Garnhum, Thomas Hawk, 7ty9, Isriya Paireepairit, David Berger, UnLtd The Foundation For Social Entrepreneurs, Michael Dunne, Burak Kebapci, and Forrest Berkshire / U.S. Army Cadet Command public affairs

Photos are licensed under Attribution Non Commercial Share Alike 2.0 Generic Creative Commons license, and are credited to the following photographers:

Ra'ed Qutena, 段 文慶, Fabio Campo, City Clock Magazine, Justin Norman, scarlatti2004, Gary Simmons, Kathryn McCallum, and Nearsoft Inc

Photos are licensed under CC0 1.0 Universal (CC0 1.0) Public Domain Dedication Creative Commons license / Desaturated from original, and are credited to the following photographers:

Burak Kebapci and SCY.

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