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The New York Times

David Bornstein

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24 March 2011

Bangladesh

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The Bangladesh government seeks to take control of the Grameen Bank, the world’s biggest microlender and winner of the Nobel Peace Prize for offering small loans to poor village women. The seizure threatens the bank’s...

The New York Times

David Bornstein

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21 March 2011

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The Grameen Bank is the largest microlender in the world, with 8.4 million borrowers (most of them women villagers) who received more than $1 billion in loans last year. But the bank has come under attack by the gover...

The New York Times

Tina Rosenberg

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14 March 2011

Washington, District of Columbia, United States

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One of two columns on Cash on Delivery, a new, hands-off, no-bureaucracy method of foreign aid: countries set goals and get financial incentives and rewards only when they successfully meet them on-the-ground practica...

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Tina Rosenberg

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4 March 2011

New York, New York, United States

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It's unusual for health programs to find it financially beneficial to send a home visitor regularly to help patients. But medical programs in various parts of the United States are experimenting with using peer groups...

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David Bornstein

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25 February 2011

Memphis, Tennessee, United States

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It’s now common for youth to remain in foster care or residential treatment for years. For troubled or victimized children in need, assistance at home is often more effective than foster placement.

The New York Times

David Bornstein

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21 February 2011

Memphis, Tennessee, United States

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The foster care system is widely acknowledged to be 'broken', and to ignore those who age out of the system. A program in Memphis is improving the lives of at-risk youths by working to reunite them with their original...

The New York Times

Tina Rosenberg

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4 February 2011

Antigua Guatemala, Guatemala

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Two columns on microconsignment, a new variation on microcredit that helps poor people living in developing countries - particularly women in rural villages - start small social businesses without taking on debt or re...

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David Bornstein

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24 January 2011

Boston, Massachusetts, United States

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The non-profit program Year Up is getting low-income young people into jobs by training them in the culture of work. The organization pairs companies—which help fund the training period—with interns from disadvantaged...

The New York Times

David Bornstein

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14 January 2011

Tamkuha, Bihar, India

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A follow-up article on Husk Power Systems, which has created a scalable system to turn rice husks into electricity that is reliable, eco-friendly and affordable for families in India. The company bases their business ...

The New York Times

Tina Rosenberg

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7 January 2011

Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico

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Two columns on an important new development program, in use in at least 40 developing countries: give the poor cash payments, contingent on their use of health clinics and their children’s school attendance, to help b...

The New York Times

Tina Rosenberg

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3 December 2010

Tehran, Iran

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Two columns on how Iran is treating its massive epidemic of injecting drug use by tackling it as a health problem, effectively lowering H.I.V. rates among drug users using an approach to drugs known as harm reduction.

National Geographic

Tina Rosenberg

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1 April 2010

Foro, Konso, Ethiopia

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Foro, a village in southwestern Ethiopia, has suffered from drought conditions for years, leaving the little water the communities can access polluted with waste. While various water projects have been attempted only ...

Scientific American

David Biello

19 January 2010

Tranebjerg, Denmark

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One small island in Denmark is technically 100 percent powered by sustainable sources of energy, giving the island total energy independence.

Science in Society

Sam Burcher

8 May 2009

Mastala, Kusungu District, Malawi

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A bright young man named William took it upon himself to bring electricity to his small, rural village in Malawi, despite having few resources at his disposal. William invented a windmill using recycled materials, an...

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Allison Frost

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16 July 2007

Portland, Oregon, United States

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Children with learning disabilities tend to struggle in school and have higher dropout rates in highschool. 'The Shadow Project' is changing this, its a system where kids are positively reinforced with 'Shadow Bucks' ...

The Spokesman-Review

Nafeesa Syeed

14 January 2007

Anita, Iowa, United States

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Anita, Iowa faced many of the same challenges as other small towns when the last local grocer closed amid competition with large chains like Costco and Walmart. But when its residents realized the value of a local "mo...

San Francisco Chronicle

Kevin Fagan

25 November 2005

San Francisco, California, United States

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San Francisco's Homeward Bound program provides transients a one-way ticket home once they can identify a family member or friend who is willing to take them in, helping to reunite families and reduce long-term homele...

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Kevin Fagan

6 December 2004

San Francisco, California, United States

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San Francisco's Care Not Cash program began in 2004 in response to the city's homelessness crisis. One facet of the program is an outreach team, whose members regularly visit homeless people on the street to connect t...

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