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The New York Times

Ankita Rao

15 May 2014

Karnataka, India

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B. Godihal is one of the thousands of communities in Karnataka that have worked to hold clean elections, stirred by a confluence of awareness campaigns by nongovernmental organizations and rising public frustration wi...

Harper's Magazine

Lisa M. Hamilton

17 April 2014

Altiplano, Bolivia

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The solution is quinoa, the problem is a bit more complicated. As the human population increases alongside environmental challenges like water scarcity and climate change, quinoa shines as the answer to what can withs...

The New York Times

David Bornstein

16 April 2014

Washington, District of Columbia, United States

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The pressure is on for the federal government to spend tax money more wisely. Evidence-based policy making is gaining in popularity as a way for the government to spend tax money wisely. While not quite as flashy or e...

Earth Island

Benjamin Goldfarb

1 April 2014

Alberta, Canada

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A robust population of grizzly bears can be an indicator of healthy land; however, the bears also can destroy grain bins, consume vegetation, and kill livestock. Ranchers work with the Canadian government and local co...

National Geographic

Laurel Neme

12 March 2014

Bharatpur, Nepal

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Bucking the worldwide trend, Nepal continues its successful fight against poaching, thanks to a multilayered system of information gathering, enforcement, and swift justice.

The New York Times

Binyamin Appelbaum

25 February 2014

Washington, District of Columbia, United States

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Many subprime borrowers in the United States are financially unable to buy a home themselves. An unconventional lender is trying to make it easier for low-income people to buy houses despite the tighter requirements t...

Fayetteville Observer

Greg Barnes

22 February 2014

Fayetteville, North Carolina, United States

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In Fayetteville, the Mayor and Police Chief have taken a personalized approach in seeking a solution for blighted, low-income neighborhoods and are working to increase the number of city staff on-hand to help address ...

NationSwell

Catherine Cheney

19 December 2013

Henderson, North Carolina, United States

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Obesity has become a health crisis for many women in the African-American community, but a group known as GirlTrek is working to change this by making exercise a social norm and creating supportive connections between...

The New York Times

David Bornstein

11 December 2013

Brazil

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Physical illnesses trigger and exacerbate poverty because costs are too high to treat them. The Associação Saúde Criança in Rio de Janeiro counsels helps by assisting families with services such as food, medicine, voc...

The Atlantic

Jonathan Rauch

1 December 2013

Phoenix, Arizona, United States

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As the elderly become more likely to have multiple chronic conditions and experience a gradual decline in health towards the end of their lives, a health care approach that centers hospitalization and intensive care m...

The Washington Post

Sarah Kliff

25 October 2013

Kentucky, United States

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Accessible affordable health care is needed for millions of uninsured Americans. The Affordable Care Act is a viable solution that helps the uninsured. Although the launching of the website had some glitches, many st...

The New York Times

Damien Cave

17 August 2013

Jamaica

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Marking a departure from other countries in the Caribbean and Central and South America, Jamaica has seen its crime rate fall after many years of lawlessness. A combination of factors helped bring this about, includin...

NPR

Ina Jaffe

5 July 2013

Los Angeles, California, United States

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Dissatisfied with the opportunities for residents of assisted living facilities to engage in creative pursuits, Tim Carpenter developed senior ‘art colonies’ that provided writing, performance, and visual arts classes...

The New York Times

Sabrina Tavernise

19 June 2013

Washington, District of Columbia, United States

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The human papillomavirus is a primary cause of cervical cancer. The HPV vaccine has reduced the rate of infection by half in recent years among teenagers. However, the vaccine has still encountered resistance by some ...

The New York Times

Amy Yee

2 June 2013

Ghaziabad, India

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Over half of India’s population of 1.2 billion is under the age of 25. As such, there is a massive demand for skills training for young people to ensure their skills are matched with the needs of the job market. Gras ...

The New York Times

David Bornstein

29 May 2013

British Columbia, Canada

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Big money has big lobbyists - but small lobbyists can also bring about big changes. Groups like Results and the Citizens Climate Lobby train ordinary people to approach and make arguments to politicians and journalists.

The New York Times

Liz Alderman

14 May 2013

Paris, France

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The impoverished communities in Paris had high unemployment for adults and youth. The French government has offered financial incentives to hire people from the banlieues. Talents de Cités, a governmental program, off...

Al-Fanar Media

Sarah Lynch

11 May 2013

Cairo, Egypt

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Maps, art exhibitions, and online documents, are all methods in which women, activists, and students are fighting against sexual harassment on university campuses in the middle east. “It’s actually being broached as a...

The Washington Post

Ezra Klein

28 April 2013

Doylestown, Pennsylvania, United States

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*Medical research has done wonders to rid populations of diseases; however, the U.S. health care system has failed to appropriate the right resources to Medicare patients with one or more chronic conditions. Health Qu...

The Lancet

Amy Yee

27 April 2013

Mumbai, India

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In India “more than 75 000 cases of cruelty by husbands or relatives against women were registered in 2009.” There are no general, medical guidelines for doctors to follow when examining victims of sexual assault. An ...

AARP Magazine

Beth Howard

1 April 2013

Seattle, Washington, United States

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An estimated 6,000 "never events" — egregious errors like operations on the wrong limb or instruments left inside a surgical wound — occur every month among Medicare patients alone. Hospitals across the country are re...

The New York Times

Tina Rosenberg

13 February 2013

Alaska, United States

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Alaska has created a way for residents to financially benefit from the state's dependence on oil revenues. By giving residents a yearly portion of the revenue, the state has been able to see positive effects from an o...

The New York Times

David Bornstein

23 January 2013

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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Social programs are seen as a fiscal burden on the U.S. However, investment in effective social programs saves taxpayer dollars so evaluating the performance of federal programs could help Congress act more responsibly.

The New York Times

David Bornstein

17 October 2012

United States

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We’re getting smarter about the way we’re addressing social problems. Patterns in the most effective solutions are emerging, such as making evidence-based decisions, accepting that humans act irrationally, and bringin...

This American Life

Ira Glass

14 September 2012

Chicago, Illinois, United States

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As kids and teachers head back to school, we wanted to turn away from questions about politics and unions and money and all the regular school stuff people argue about, and turn to something more optimistic — an emerg...

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