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Adriana Lleras-Muney

10 January 2018

United States

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A study of a 1910 cash-based welfare program in the United States reveals the positive lifelong results of giving families cash to reduce poverty and prevent the long-term effects associated with it. Providing cash fo...

Wired

Issie Lapowsky

12 November 2017

Cherokee, North Carolina, United States

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In North Carolina, the Cherokee tribe members receive cash payments every year from the revenue of local casinos. Native American reservations have one of the highest poverty rates in the country, but this payment has...

Richland Source

Emily Dech

9 November 2017

Mansfield, Ohio, United States

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Food insecurity, obesity, and poor nutrition are all currently major challenges facing many US communities, particularly in the Midwest. SNAP-Ed is helping to tackle all of those issues through a program that teaches ...

Apolitical

Jack Graham

1 November 2017

Brazil

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Brazil's national Happy Child program, modeled after similar initiatives on the local level and in Jamaica, is working to help parents develop their children's motor coordination and cognitive development. The program...

The New York Times

Catherine Saint Louis

30 July 2017

Cincinnati, Ohio, United States

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From New York to Ohio to California, librarians have teamed up with the USDA summer food service program, along with other non-profits, to feed kids dependent on free/reduced-price lunches during the school year. Usin...

NHPR

Ben Henry

27 July 2017

Dover, New Hampshire, United States

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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 a...

Bloomberg

Megan McArdle

28 March 2017

Salt Lake City, Utah, United States

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In many parts of the United States, people struggle with economic mobility and achieving the American Dream. Salt Lake City’s rate of economic mobility is at the highest in the country. An investigative journalist exp...

The Huffington Post

Jane Black

9 February 2017

Huntington, West Virginia, United States

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Conflicts of interest have made school lunch meals the dumping ground for the cheap calories our modern agricultural system was designed to overproduce. Many programs are trying to improve school lunches, such as the ...

BBC

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Henrietta Moore

Martha Lane Fox

1 January 2017

Lima, Peru

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Between 2005 and 2015, Peru cut its poverty rate in half. Though there is still more work to be done, Peru can attribute its success to several reasons. The combination of inclusive economic growth and targeted, high-...

BBC

Emma Wilson

Sahar Zand

18 December 2016

Tarma, Junín, Peru

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One in three children in Peru are stunted by a lack of nutritious foods in their diet. In 2005, the government gave cash hand-outs to poor mothers, but only on the condition that they had regular health check-ups and ...

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...

Philadelphia Magazine

Steve Volk

18 September 2016

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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For many people experiencing poverty, the struggle to make ends meet and provide for their children is common across generations. In Philadelphia, non-profit programs are recognizing that aspect of poverty and helping...

Small Towns Big Change

Andrew Martinez

5 September 2016

Ojo Sarco, New Mexico, United States

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Hunger is a hidden crisis in the U.S., and in places like Rio Arriba County, New Mexico - a food desert and poverty-stricken community - a few dedicated food pantries are all that stands between thousands of people an...

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...

Coloradoan

Sarah Jane Kyle

3 August 2016

Fort Collins, Colorado, United States

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Two Northern Colorado counties and Fort Collins, especially, face high levels of homelessness, many of whom are veterans, though it's not for a lack of organizations; rather, a lack of coordination among veterans' ser...

Washington Monthly

Linda Gibbs

Robert Doar

19 June 2016

New York, New York, United States

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Poverty is a problem that only seems to be increasing in the United States. New York City, though, was the only one of America's 20 largest cities to achieve a decrease in poverty rates from 2000-2013. This piece is t...

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...

Chattanooga Times Free Press

Joan Garrett McClane

6 May 2016

Chattanooga, Tennessee, United States

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Chattanooga, once called the dirtiest city in America, was later dubbed a Tornado of Innovation by former U.S. President Barack Obama. Now, the city is hub for the tech industry. Despite its rag to riches story, the c...

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.

The Nation

James Abro

12 November 2015

New Jersey, United States

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Far too many Americans are homeless, and with congress dragging their feet in implementing funds, it is up to individual places to set up programs to help provide housing. Counties in New Jersey have enacted legislati...

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.

Fortune

Amy Kaslow

29 June 2015

Sarasota, Florida, United States

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In Sarasota, Florida, residents invested in change contend that for the poor to move beyond survival mode and break a multi-generational cycle, they need a wraparound strategy, rather than one-off or isolated services...

NationSwell

Chris Peak

14 April 2015

California, United States

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A “comprehensive, medically accurate and age- and culturally-appropriate" sexual education model, rather than the popular abstinence-only one, has been the key element in California's huge reduction in rates of teen p...

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.

The New York Times

Tina Rosenberg

11 December 2014

Charleston, South Carolina, United States

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A overview of 2014's Fixes columns - connecting the dots between 60 or so ways that people are trying to change the world.

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