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Albin Hillert

6 December 2018

Mutatá, Colombia

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From War to Peace, a project through the Lutheran World Federation, is helping ex-combatants and their families in Colombia lead a new, peaceful life. Many of these families are now living in an experimental community...

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Susan de Witt

30 November 2018

Cape Town, South Africa

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Social impact bonds are providing a relatively new way of improving health and education outcomes in developing countries. While these have been used successfully in the developing world, South Africa is relatively ne...

Ensia

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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Kevin Knodell

28 October 2018

Somalia

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A Somali refugee who made good in America is working to connect people in his home country with solar power through a company he launched in the U.S. He’s had modest success connecting about 1,000 people so far, givin...

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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...

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Nick Dall

25 September 2018

Cape Town, South Africa

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The Poverty Stoplight, heralded as “a revolutionary yardstick” to assess poverty levels, is a bottom-up tool designed for families around the world. It allows families to see indicators of poverty and take action step...

The Guardian

Tina Rosenberg

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13 September 2018

Zacapa, Guatemala

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Voluntourism, or the practice of western volunteers paying to do service in developing countries, seems like a moral, do-good activity. However, the practice has been proven to have consequences, including reducing th...

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...

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Justin Higginbottom

14 August 2018

Laos

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Using the example of neighboring Thailand, Laos and Myanmar are encouraging a shift from farming opium to coffee, training farmers for the new crop and helping them exit the drug trade. Hundreds of farmers are current...

Bright Magazine

Eleanor Orao

8 August 2018

Kibera, Kenya

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Slums around cities like Nairobi are threatened as city governments seek to demolish them. One way to help, or at least give residents time to prepare to seek new homes, is a host of different types of mapping. By def...

The New York Times

Rachel Cernansky

17 July 2018

Harlandville, Liberia

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To succeed at international development, consult the locals. It seems obvious, but too many failed development projects show community buy-in is not the biggest priority. Two groups are leading the way to change this....

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...

Daily Nation

Kitavi Mutua

24 June 2018

Kenya

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An initiative in Kenya showed major promise in pulling farmers out of poverty by supplying them with subsidized seeds to grow green grams, ndengu, for overseas markets. The success of the idea relied heavily on a prom...

IRIN

Ben Parker

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2 May 2018

United Kingdom

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There is no international watchdog monitoring the estimated 450,000 humanitarian aid workers operating worldwide. After sex-for-aid abuses in West Africa became high-profile news in 2002, initiatives were established ...

Devex

Catherine Cheney

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27 April 2018

San Francisco, California, United States

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Ultra high net worth individuals are giving money to philanthropic causes in new ways. The international development community can engage these potential donors by approaching them as partners, using data to demonstra...

Bright Magazine

Peter DiCampo

19 March 2018

Kenya

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In order to create a larger role for aid recipients in conversations about how success and failure are defined for international aid, the What Went Wrong project was founded. People use mobile phones to contact the jo...

The Christian Science Monitor

Ryan Lenora Brown

7 February 2018

Sweden

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Sweden is the first country to put gender equality at the center of its foreign policy, calling the protection of women and girls’ human rights one of the greatest challenges of the century. Announced in 2014, the sta...

The Christian Science Monitor

Peter Ford

25 July 2017

Ambovombe, Androy, Madagascar

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Drought in Madagascar grows worse each year as its minimal public infrastructure and extensive poverty slow efforts by the UN and various NGOs for food and water distribution. But in recognizing the severity of the cy...

The New York Times

Brad Plumer

20 July 2017

Hoima, Kibaale, Western Region, Uganda

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In a randomized experiment in western Uganda, scientists demonstrated the effectiveness of paying rural farmers not to chop down trees (responsible for annual CO2 emissions worldwide). They studied for two years the d...

Undark

Sam Loewenberg

16 July 2017

Bangladesh

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Bangladesh's water is poisoning its residents with arsenic, and several plans to address this problem have stalled. Unicef has installed water facilities with a central filtration plant in some communities in order to...

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Joseph Bennington-Castro

21 June 2017

Stanford, California, United States

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Beyond its common application as a predictor of consumer purchasing behavior, AI can now be utilized to tackle poverty issues, improve agricultural efficiency, and increase access to information for otherwise disconne...

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Dyan Machan

17 June 2017

Pokuase, Ghana

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Microfinance was widely lauded for decades as a surefire and promising way to break the cycle of poverty and uplift the economies of the developing world, especially when targeted for women. But hard data has shown th...

Clean Technica

Carolyn Fortuna

10 June 2017

Bharatpur, Chitwan District, Nepal

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Grassroots organizations, Empowered by Light and Empower Generation, are killing two birds with one stone: bringing clean energy to rural Nepal, and creating jobs for Nepalese women in the environmental sector. By hel...

Anglican Journal

André Forget

9 June 2017

Masasi, Tanzania

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The Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund (PWRDF) is working to implement maternal and newborn child health programs in East Africa. Though the project has incorporated a wide-range of initiatives, many of them ...

Anglican Journal

André Forget

8 June 2017

Ndomoni, Lindi Region, Tanzania

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In rural villages like Ndomoni, access to water is paramount to community development, and locals are the first to recognize that other issues such as maternal health cannot be addressed until there is clean drinking ...

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