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Bright Magazine

Eleanor Orao

8 August 2018

Kibera, Kenya

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Slums around cities like Nairobi are threatened as city governments seek to demolish them. One way to help, or at least give residents time to prepare to seek new homes, is a host of different types of mapping. By def...

The New York Times

Rachel Cernansky

17 July 2018

Harlandville, Liberia

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To succeed at international development, consult the locals. It seems obvious, but too many failed development projects show community buy-in is not the biggest priority. Two groups are leading the way to change this....

Pacific Standard

Jacob Kushner

6 July 2018

Kenya

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A data-driven approach to foreign development/aid, one that centers randomized controlled trials and other markers of rigorous study, is gaining steam as a way to push forward programming and solutions that actually w...

Nation Africa

Kitavi Mutua

24 June 2018

Kenya

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An initiative in Kenya showed major promise in pulling farmers out of poverty by supplying them with subsidized seeds to grow green grams, ndengu, for overseas markets. The success of the idea relied heavily on a prom...

PBS NewsHour

Fred de Sam Lazaro

7 June 2018

Atlanta, Georgia, United States

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An organization called Books for Africa collects donations of books from all over the country to send to schools in Rwanda. Books for Africa has sent over 41 million books over the past 30 years to 53 different countr...

Apolitical

Thomas Graham

16 May 2018

Bangladesh

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An intensive, long-term approach to solving poverty, piloted by an NGO in Bangladesh, has shown serious promise since its start in 2002. However, as the program is piloted in countries across the world, questions abou...

The New Humanitarian (formerly IRIN)

Ben Parker

2 May 2018

United Kingdom

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There is no international watchdog monitoring the estimated 450,000 humanitarian aid workers operating worldwide. After sex-for-aid abuses in West Africa became high-profile news in 2002, initiatives were established ...

Devex

Catherine Cheney

27 April 2018

San Francisco, California, United States

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Ultra high net worth individuals are giving money to philanthropic causes in new ways. The international development community can engage these potential donors by approaching them as partners, using data to demonstra...

Bright Magazine

Peter DiCampo

19 March 2018

Kenya

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In order to create a larger role for aid recipients in conversations about how success and failure are defined for international aid, the What Went Wrong project was founded. People use mobile phones to contact the jo...

PBS NewsHour

Fred de Sam Lazaro

25 February 2018

San Salvador, El Salvador

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YouthBuild El Salvador is a program, partly funded by the United States, that teaches participants leadership and marketable skills, with an underlying emphasis on empathy, responsibility, and conflict resolution. In ...

Christian Science Monitor

Ryan Lenora Brown

7 February 2018

Sweden

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Sweden is the first country to put gender equality at the center of its foreign policy, calling the protection of women and girls’ human rights one of the greatest challenges of the century. Announced in 2014, the sta...

Christian Science Monitor

Peter Ford

25 July 2017

Ambovombe, Androy, Madagascar

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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 cy...

The New York Times

Brad Plumer

20 July 2017

Hoima, Kibaale, Western Region, Uganda

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In a randomized experiment in western Uganda, scientists demonstrated the effectiveness of paying rural farmers not to chop down trees since deforestation contributes to CO2 emissions worldwide. They studied for two y...

Undark

Sam Loewenberg

16 July 2017

Bangladesh

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Bangladesh's water is poisoning its residents with arsenic, and several plans to address this problem have stalled. Unicef has installed water facilities with a central filtration plant in some communities in order to...

NBC News

Joseph Bennington-Castro

21 June 2017

Stanford, California, United States

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Beyond its common application as a predictor of consumer purchasing behavior, AI can be utilized to tackle poverty issues, improve agricultural efficiency, and increase access to information for otherwise disconnected...

Barron's

Dyan Machan

17 June 2017

Pokuase, Ghana

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Microfinance was widely lauded for decades as a surefire and promising way to break the cycle of poverty and uplift the economies of the developing world, especially when targeted for women. But hard data has shown th...

Clean Technica

Carolyn Fortuna

10 June 2017

Bharatpur, Chitwan District, Nepal

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Grassroots organizations, Empowered by Light and Empower Generation, are killing two birds with one stone: bringing clean energy to rural Nepal, and creating jobs for Nepalese women in the environmental sector. By hel...

Anglican Journal

André Forget

9 June 2017

Masasi, Tanzania

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The Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund (PWRDF) is working to implement maternal and newborn child health programs in East Africa. Though the project has incorporated a wide-range of initiatives, many of them ...

Anglican Journal

André Forget

8 June 2017

Ndomoni, Lindi Region, Tanzania

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In rural villages like Ndomoni, access to water is paramount to community development, and locals are the first to recognize that other issues such as maternal health cannot be addressed until there is clean drinking ...

FastCompany

Ben Paynter

5 June 2017

Redwood City, California, United States

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The resources needed to tackle some of the world's most pressing social and environmental problems - from poverty to climate change to inequality - are generally far beyond the reach of governments and traditional phi...

WMOT

Jacob McCleland

23 May 2017

Madhubani, Bihar, India

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In many rural villages in Northern India and Nepal, long-standing cultural norms have relegated women to subordinate positions in marriage and minimal educational opportunities, stifling the social, agricultural and e...

Pro Bono Australia

Wendy Williams

11 May 2017

Honiara, Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands

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A research fellow at Deakin University’s School of Engineering in Australia has developed a world-first technology 3D printer prototype capable of printing plumbing and sanitation supplies using discarded plastics - a...

Devex

Catherine Cheney

9 March 2017

Portland, Oregon, United States

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April Rinne, a sharing economy adviser in Portland, believes that new technology and the emergence of the sharing economy has massive potential to connect talent, resources, and ideas around the globe, particularly in...

BBC

Tom Colls

12 February 2017

Makindye, Kampala, Uganda

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Professor Kevin McGuigan in Dublin has proven that simply leaving contaminated water in a plastic bottle out in the sun for several hours is effective in killing off harmful bacteria like e-coli and provide a simple s...

Yale Insights

Tony Sheldon

7 February 2017

Dhaka, Bangladesh

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BRAC, the largest NGO in the world and one of the leaders in microfinance as an approach to combating poverty, discovered that despite its successes, microcredit did not always reach what are called the Ultra-Poor in ...

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