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The New York Times

Matthew Desmond

21 February 2019

Emeryville, United States

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Economists have often debated the positives of a higher minimum wage in the United States as a matter of productivity, profits, and losses but in this article, Matthew Desmond explores another way that the success of...

The Huffington Post

Laura Paddison

8 February 2019

Finland

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In Finland, preliminary results from the country's first experiments with Universal Basic Income are being released - and while impacts on employment rates are still up in the air, providing a basic income seemed to i...

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Jared Brey

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7 February 2019

Baltimore, Maryland, United States

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New grassroots efforts often struggle to get off the ground due to lack of funding. In Baltimore, a group called CLLCTIVLY aims to fix this problem for black-led non-profit organizations by offering a $1,000 prize eve...

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Rachel Kaufman

7 February 2019

Washington, D.C., District of Columbia, United States

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As part of its New American Workforce program, Washington, D.C. has partnered with the National Immigration Forum to grant green card holders up to $725 to cover the costs associated with the naturalization process. T...

The Philadelphia Citizen

Roxanne Patel Shepelavy

29 January 2019

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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Pennsylvania State Treasurer Joe Torsella launched two initiatives to help middle income families save money. The first is an awareness campaign called You Earned it Philly, which aims to encourage the over 50,000 peo...

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Eillie Anzilotti

24 January 2019

San Francisco, California, United States

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Several large philanthropic organizations, like the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative and the Ford Foundation, are pooling resources to address San Francisco's severe housing crisis. The funds will go to local non-profits wh...

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Ben Paynter

4 January 2019

Puerto Rico, United States

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Nonprofit organization Direct Relief is providing more and more financial assistance to organizations and communities struck by natural disasters or extreme poverty, in addition to more traditional goods like medicine...

Mother Jones

Katia Savchuk

1 January 2019

Juneau, Alaska, United States

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In Alaska, the Permanent Fund Dividend (PFD) program, which is meant to provide $1600 to every resident who has lived in Alaska for at least a year, has been proven to reduce poverty and increase quality of life; the ...

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Fergus Peace

30 November 2018

Burkina Faso

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A pilot of a cash transfer program in rural Burkina Faso not only produced valuable research but, by involving government officials from the get-go, developed local expertise that was invaluable for the later launch o...

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John Vidal

29 November 2018

Zambia

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The UN's Green Climate Fund is a mechanism through which money for climate adaptation and mitigation is distributed globally. But funding for renewable energy goes overwhelmingly to wealthier nations. Without more fun...

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Audrey F. Henderson

18 October 2018

St. Louis, Missouri, United States

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Funded by earmarking hotel and motel occupancy taxes, the St. Louis Regional Arts Commission is funding projects focused on telling the story of the regions people and places. Through this process, the Arts Commission...

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Adele Peters

27 September 2018

Bogotá, Colombia

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The International Rescue Committee’s cash transfer program has seen success most recently in Colombia, by helping Venezuelan refugees start fresh in a new place. For the Del Carmen family, cash transfers of $66 per ho...

The New York Times

Marc Gunther

11 September 2018

Matinza, Rwanda

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Direct cash transfers to poor people in developing countries is a newer way to spend foreign aid dollars. GiveDirectly is the prominent charity who pioneered this method of giving cash as a form of aid, with the ratio...

The Huffington Post

David Dayen

28 August 2018

Juneau, Alaska, United States

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In Alaska, a highly popular version of Basic Income gives residents between $1000 and $3000 a month. Although this wealth fund, and similar ones in countries like Norway, have been considered, critics argue that it wo...

Public Radio International

Yam Kumari Kandel

28 August 2018

Nepal

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The “Save the Daughter” campaign is helping families in Nepal with the economic struggle they face when mother’s give birth to females. That’s because, families with girls have to pay the wedding dowry, a cumbersome e...

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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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Samantha Melamed

10 July 2018

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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A couple created a nonprofit in Philadelphia to make micro grants for those who need small amounts to pay off medical bills or legal fees so they can move on with their lives. The effort garnered modest donations, inc...

Pacific Standard

Jacob Kushner

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6 July 2018

Kenya

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A data-driven approach to foreign development/aid, one that centers randomized controlled trials and other markers of rigorous study, is gaining steam as a way to push forward programming and solutions that actually w...

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Dan Kopf

21 June 2018

Malawi

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Research, and the evidence from global development campaigns in multiple countries, shows that cash transfers to women can help women to gain more freedom in choosing sexual partners, decrease HIV transmission, and de...

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Fergus Peace

11 June 2018

Australia

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The Seasonal Workers Program in Australia was implemented when there was a need to be met for more farming laborers. Although not without issue, the program is drawing many Pacific Islanders as a means for them to boo...

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David Shukman

19 April 2018

Bandung, Indonesia

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Plastic waste has become a monumental problem throughout Indonesia, with residents of the country accustomed to throwing their trash into rivers, ditches and streams. Various efforts are underway to change this habit ...

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Danny Lee

27 February 2018

Mafraq, Jordan

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To maximize help in humanitarian crisis situations, there is a trend for NGOs to provide cash payments specifically to women. This acts as a stipend beyond traditional humanitarian aid programs. Not only does the cash...

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Odette Chalaby

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19 January 2018

Honolulu, Hawaii, United States

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Many people, often women, spend large amounts of their lives engaging in unpaid care work, dropping out of the labor market or taking a pay cut to care for their families. Hawaii has launched the Kupuna Caregivers Pr...

The New York Times

David Bornstein

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10 October 2017

United States

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A disproportionate of the world's money is concentrated in the pockets of a handful. Muhammad Yunus sees the importance of social business in helping change this trend and distribute wealth more evenly.

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David Bornstein

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15 August 2017

Boston, Massachusetts, United States

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The traditional approach to poverty emphasizes government and social assistance from well-meaning social workers. Mauricio Lim Miller, a social services expert, spent years researching how families escape poverty befo...

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