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Alia Shahzad

20 September 2018

Sweden

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In Sweden, sex education is mandatory, but more than a third of students rate the knowledge they gain from it as “poor” or “very poor.” Contributing issues include a lack of teacher support and training, as well as th...

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Jennifer Guay

19 September 2018

Suining, China

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Games can make policymaking more participatory and push citizens to change their behavior in public, and private, spaces. To keep engagement high, governments should change the games periodically and include both onli...

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Jennifer Guay

18 September 2018

Tatarstan, Russia

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Building a country’s “brand identity” has shifted from a tourist-attracting gimmick to an exercise in nation building. Consultants meet with citizens, identifying common values and attitudes that can be used to suppor...

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Fergus Peace

11 September 2018

Canada

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Canada and Australia have both used targeted immigration policies to grow their rural populations. But Canada’s more holistic approach seems to match the long-term needs of migrant and local populations better than Au...

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Jennifer Guay

7 September 2018

Argentina

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Every public servant in Argentina has to collect education points throughout the year. To spark innovation, the Government Lab of Argentina (LABGobAr) is offering courses in design thinking, evidence-based policymakin...

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Burton Bollag

7 September 2018

Wales

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Wales is the first country in the world to recognize playtime as a children’s right. Local authorities must access and promote playtime opportunities for children in their area. Sometimes, this means simply removing “...

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Jennifer Guay

5 September 2018

Taiwan

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Taiwan is getting creative with tackling tough policy issues. Representatives from all 32 government ministries meet every month, vote on topics to focus on, and conduct workshops with citizens. So far, the network ha...

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Jennifer Guay

29 August 2018

Canada

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Canada allows its most innovative public servants move between departments to work on projects that match their skills and interests. The program helps employees advance their skills and spreads their creativity and e...

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Fergus Peace

28 August 2018

Haiti

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When disaster strikes, people are often quick to provide help -- but that help is often misdirected because it is hard to know where those who need help are located. Researchers are now exploring how to use cell tower...

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Edward Siddons

23 August 2018

New York, New York, United States

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A new online tool developed by researchers at New York University offers more current data on homicides for the 80 largest cities in the United States than annual reports by the FBI. The tool offers a more realistic p...

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Alia Shahzad

17 August 2018

Chile

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Chile supports women-owned enterprises by including gender criteria in all government purchasing. The country also offers mentorship and management training opportunities, which has led to the creation of a networking...

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Fergus Peace

16 August 2018

Antwerp, Belgium

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CURANT is a co-housing program launched by the city of Antwerp in Belgium, meant to support unaccompanied children who become legal adults. Participants are offered subsidized housing and are co-housed with a buddy, w...

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Jennifer Guay

15 August 2018

Tatarstan, Russia

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Building a brand for your city or country can attract tourists, boost investment and lure skilled workers. Done right, it can also encourage community unity by highlighting a common story of identity, says Natasha Gra...

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Jennifer Guay

13 August 2018

Copenhagen, Denmark

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Denmark is first place in a 2018 ranking of digital governments, largely due to making it mandatory that citizens be able to access public services online. Their digital success is also credited to Denmark's ability t...

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Edward Siddons

10 August 2018

United States

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A strategy of self-defense advanced by feminists in the 1960s and 1970s shows much more efficacy in preventing sexual assaults than more recent programs aimed at perpetrators. Empowerment Self-Defence teaches an array...

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Fergus Peace

9 August 2018

New York, New York, United States

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In New York City, a citywide initiative known as Action NYC is connecting immigrants with free legal help and other comprehensive services. While the city provides outreach and coordination, community organizations wi...

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Anoush Darabi

3 August 2018

Madison, Minnesota, United States

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Minnesota officials are capitalizing on a population trend: despite negative population growth in rural areas among people in their twenties, people in their thirties and forties continue to move to rural places. Get ...

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Edward Siddons

2 August 2018

Brazil

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Children typically fare better outside of institutional care. Brazil has found success with a program that helps extended family members serve as formal guardians instead. Organizing peer support groups has been parti...

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Jack Graham

1 August 2018

Podgorica, Montenegro

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In Montenegro, a comprehensive effort to curb physical abuse of children and childhood trauma - namely through a public information campaign and a hotline for parents - is in the beginning stages, but showing results....

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Alexandra Winkler

31 July 2018

Caracas, Venezuela

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When faced with a health care crisis, El Hatillo Municipality in Caracas, Venezuela took community health into their own hands through partnerships and expanded access. Focusing on populations identified as the most v...

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Fergus Peace

29 July 2018

Vienna, Austria

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Even as Austria's asylum process becomes longer and more complex, Vienna continues to adapt to provide services, classes, and support necessary for integration of refugees and migrants from day one. The approach inclu...

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Edward Siddons

27 July 2018

United Kingdom

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In the United Kingdom, all 12 women's prisons have implemented a program to “treat trauma through the lens of gender” in an effort to address the root causes that drive women into prison. It's based on work by the Cen...

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Anoush Darabi

27 July 2018

Tbilisi, Georgia

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Making government more transparent is one strategy that countries are using to counteract rising xenophobia and populism. More than 85 national and subnational governments have committed to publishing spending data, p...

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Fergus Peace

20 July 2018

Dublin, Ireland

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In over 100 communities in Ireland, elderly volunteers lead English classes for migrants to help them integrate into the community, understand the language, and connect with their neighbors. These informal classes, wh...

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Leon Voon

18 July 2018

Singapore, Singapore

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The tale of bike-sharing in Singapore sheds light on how governments can predict and manage technology changes in the future. Three bike-sharing startups quickly dominated the market, raised money, feared impending re...

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