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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 effective innovations and ideas—by issue, location, journalist, or even success factor (how a solution was achieved).

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Colombia’s peace agreement is the world’s first to have gender at its core

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Colombia’s 2016 peace accord has a chapter on gender and sections specifically responsive to women’s needs, such as an affirmation of women’s right to own land and the establishment of a special unit to investigate conflict-related sexual violence. These provisions, a result of trailblazing inclu...

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Can a ‘No Excuses’ Charter Teach Students to Think for Themselves?

The New York Times

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Several charter school networks have found that a strict and structured approach to instruction, while it may be improving test scores, is not resulting in the anticipated increase in timely college completion rates for its alumni. One network is piloting a new model that aims to develop more ada...

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Can Hunters and Activists Team Up to Phase Out Lead Bullets?

In These Times

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To combat lead poisoning in America's wildlife populations, researchers are leading educational forums with hunters to discuss the benefits of moving away from lead-based bullets into alternatives such as copper ammo.

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In Africa, Geneticists Are Hunting Poachers

The New York Times

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To solve rhinoceros poaching crimes and catch ivory traffickers, researchers in South Africa are finding ways to use genetic fingerprinting and other DNA evidence. These methods that have been the industry standard in the human criminal justice system for decades are not just helping identify ...

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Why Chile's government accelerator is investing in women-led startups

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Women are vastly underrepresented in founding teams of startup companies, and they face a huge disadvantage in accessing capital. The Chilean government has launched S Factory, a training program to prepare women entrepreneurs for the Start-Up Chile Accelerator. Since 2015, the program has funded...

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Afraid of Falling? For Older Adults, the Dutch Have a Cure

The New York Times

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Slightly more than eighteen percent of the Dutch population is sixty-five or older and with this aging demographic comes new challenges. To combat the very serious risks that living along and aging poses to seniors, the Netherlands has seen the rise of a new class: one that teaches elderly people...

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The Stigma

The Philadelphia Citizen

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For the tens of thousands of individuals struggling with opioid addiction in the United States, breaking their drug habit is never easy, and is often inhibited even by fellow addicts in recovery programs who stigmatize the use of prescribed medications to aid the recovery process, despite their m...

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These Girls Are Proof: Investing in Young Feminists Pays Off

Ms. Magazine

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Young women face a unique set of challenges in school and as they transition into adulthood - from underrepresentation in school clubs and STEM subjects, to skewed perceptions on their clothing choices, to fewer business mentorship opportunities. Nonprofit Vital Voices is changing that with their...

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Bump, Tumble, Go Faster! In Egypt, Roller Derby Is Real Life

The New York Times

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For young women in Egypt, outlets for their frustrations can be extremely limited under a political climate that oppresses freedom of expression, and in a culture where sexual harassment is rampant and systemic. The Cairo women's roller derby team is providing a welcome opportunity to vet physica...

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Murder in America: What Makes Cities Safer

Wall Street Journal

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Certain cities in the United States are facing startlingly high rates of homicide and violence that haven't been seen since the height of gang activity in the 1990s. But certain cities, including Los Angeles, have continued to see declines in or stable crime rates, thanks to a community-based pol...

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Ohio Is At the Center of a National Debate Over Drawing Political Lines

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Gerrymandered Congressional districts, drawn using evermore individualized voter data, are set up to tip elections across the United States. Lawmakers and voting advocates are pushing back and creating new methods of making the maps. From independent commissions to constitutional amendments, here...

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Companies Realize Benefits Of Pitching In For Child Care

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For many parents childcare can be very expensive, however, recently employers have started helping employees overcome this barrier. Little Apron Academy is a childcare center that Home Depot is partnered with and allows their employees to have an onsite care center that is also more affordable.

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How Georgia State Stopped Students From Slipping Through The Cracks

WABE

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Georgia State University recognized that a large portion of their students don't graduate. They identified academic behaviours that correlate to flunking out and hired advisors to keep an eye on all students and contact them to help if a student exhibits one of these behaviours.

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New, $1 billion program will bring rooftop solar to California renters

The Mercury News

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Renewable energy has largely been associate with wealthier consumers, but that is changing with a new initiative that will install solar panels for apartment buildings with low-income residents. The hope is that the money saved from the solar energy panels will benefit the low income residents, w...

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Opioid Crisis Forces Physicians To Focus On Alternative Pain Treatments

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Opioid abuse claimed over 53 000 American lives in 2016, and has been a cause for concern. Now doctors are looking to alternatives to opioids, both medication and non-medication options, that can be decided based on thorough assessments and discussing the consequences of opioids with patients.

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