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Daniel Zwerdling

5 July 2013

Krong Siem Reap, Siem Reap, Cambodia

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Overall, Cambodia is a relatively poor country whose residents don't own much. Norwegian hotel owners in the city of Krong Siem Reap urge their Cambodian staff to be more in charge of making their own decisions by mak...

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Sarah Hulett

20 June 2013

Detroit, Michigan, United States

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In Detroit, many business owners and the city itself hope that filing for bankruptcy will help the city start fresh and ultimately become a thriving urban center, mirroring other cities that recovered from near financ...

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Tina Rosenberg

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19 June 2013

Uganda

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Social Impact Bonds are hot - these programs issue bonds to finance prevention programs that house the homeless or prevent recidivism, repaying investors from the savings generated if they succeed. Now governments and...

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Eliza Barclay

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14 June 2013

Detroit, Michigan, United States

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Organizations in Detroit are piloting a program to apply food stamp credits in grocery stores towards the purchase of nutritious produce, in order to increase access to healthy items. The initiative can also help the ...

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Sarah Goodyear

13 June 2013

Bogota, Colombia

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Bogota has become a danger for pedestrians, cars have the right of the way and it is up to pedestrians to stay alert and safe. Now, citizens are using paint on sidewalks and roads to draw attention to dangers such as ...

The New York Times

Sarika Bansal

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12 June 2013

Pune, Maharashtra, India

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Throughout India, wastepickers – people who scour landfills for garbage they can sell to recyclers – live at the bottom of society. But the city of Pune did something radical: with the help of a collective, they did a...

The New York Times

Tina Rosenberg

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5 June 2013

New York, New York, United States

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New York City’s brand-new Citi Bike program is not just a bike share. It’s the city’s contribution to the new sharing economy, in which people don’t buy things, but buy access to things.

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

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...

United Nations University

Sarah Hasaba

8 May 2013

Kenya

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Many of the issues facing underdeveloped rural communities stem from low rates of literacy. Researchers have found that cooperation between "formal and non-formal education systems" is an effective method in strengthe...

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Daria Solovieva

2 April 2013

Cairo, Egypt

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In order to bridge the gap between women and men in the workforce, a number of programs in the middle east are offering job mentorship and training to women. “A mentoring program is a big help for women,” Allam says, ...

The Guardian

John Vidal

16 February 2013

Bihar, India

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The System of Root Intensification resulted in dramatically high yields from one Indian village. The system centers on a "less is more" approach and results in higher yields—without the use of GMOs. The idea has faced...

Business Insider

Aimee Groth

20 January 2013

New York, New York, United States

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As a "venture fund for the developing world," the Adventure Project empowers local community leaders, using its fundraising capabilities to provide training and resources to non-profits in poor and underserved parts o...

The New York Times

David Bornstein

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12 December 2012

New York, New York, United States

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A look at more than 30 social initiatives covered by Fixes in 2012 shows that working to improve and save lives is still a growth industry.

Next City

Mark Bergen

11 December 2012

Mumbai, India

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For a megacity with more than 18 million people in its metro area, Mumbai, India is not a particularly vertical city. Many of its inhabitants squeeze into low-rise slums crammed into the urban space. But an ongoing sl...

The New York Times

Gareth Cook

29 November 2012

Denmark

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Thorkil Sonne's experiences with his own gifted, autistic son led him to start a company called Specialisterne, founded on the idea that - given the right environment - some autistic adults could not just hold down a ...

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Naomi Rovnick

22 November 2012

Singapore, Singapore

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Unlike many other countries who have found public housing facilities to be highly prone to crime and toxic loan practices, Singapore uses a mix of resident home ownership, policing, and mixed-income developments to cr...

The New York Times

Tina Rosenberg

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21 November 2012

Kolkata, West Bengal, India

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In many parts of the world, not owning one's own land is more directly correlated to poverty than other factors such as illiteracy, but land reform is controversial, difficult, and expensive. A new program called Land...

The Guardian

Katia Savchuk

8 October 2012

Cape Town, South Africa

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Though well-meaning, many poverty alleviation and development efforts treat the receivers of aid as subjects rather than capable people. Urban Poor Fund International, the first global fund to give poor people direct ...

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A.K. Streeter

2 October 2012

New York, New York, United States

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Conventional merchants are afraid to lose parking spaces to bike parking or bike lanes. New York and Portland are finding cyclists increase local economies, and spend more money too.

The New York Times

Amy Yee

1 October 2012

New Delhi, India

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Autorickshaws are a main source of transport within India, but not all autorickshaws are being created equally anymore. In an attempt to reduce their carbon footprint and reliance on fossil fuels, India is experimenti...

The New York Times

David Bornstein

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25 July 2012

New York, New York, United States

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Nationally, only about a third of municipal solid waste is recycled. An initiative to use simpler, standardized signs and labels is helping communities reap greater benefits from recycling.

Inter Press Service News Agency

Julio Godoy

18 July 2012

Paris, France

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Paris is a city plagued by traffic jams and air pollution. In 2007, the local government created a public bicycle sharing program called Velib that has drastically reduced the number of cars on the roadways and parkin...

The New York Times

David Bornstein

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11 July 2012

United States

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An Irish-based company, ALISON, provides free, high-quality e-courses to people around the globe, particularly those where more traditional forms of education and job training are difficult to access, helping to chang...

The Lancet

Amy Yee

23 June 2012

Kathmandu, Nepal

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In Nepal, specialty eye hospitals are training staff to travel to remote areas of the country to provide eye care to rural communities. This initiative is aimed to prevent and treat trachoma, a degenerative eye diseas...

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