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Bloomberg Businessweek

Ted Alcorn

7 November 2021

Togo

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An all-digital system delivered monthly payments to millions of Togolese people in need during the coronavirus. The platform, built in two weeks, immediately verifies applicants’ eligibility and instantly sends a text...

BBC

Richard Kenny

Hannah Gelbart

24 March 2021

Togo

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"Poverty maps" that combine satellite imagery and survey data enabled the Togolese government to target emergency pandemic charitable aid to the people in greatest need. Togo officials relied on the expertise of Unive...

Sacramento Bee

Jeong Park

9 March 2021

Stockton, California, United States

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Rent relief payments in California are helping public housing residents pursue full-time employment. The Jobs-Plus initiative provides payments that are conditional on enrolling in job training and placement programs....

Civil Eats

Bailey Berg

11 January 2021

California, United States

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A new app is helping communities facing food insecurity in California. Forage Grocery finds the best bargains for SNAP recipients in their local grocery stores. Users upload their grocery list, select the stores they ...

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Jan Novotný

9 December 2020

Jihlava, Czech Republic

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After a Housing First program in Brno, the Czech Republic's second-largest city, stabilized families' housing and health status, the city of Jihlava used local and European Union money, plus a charity's services, for ...

Scalawag

Courtney Napier

30 November 2020

Durham, North Carolina, United States

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Mutual aid programs run by Black women have filled critical gaps in public assistance during the pandemic by feeding hundreds or thousands of people in multiple Southern cities. From Durham's Mustard Seed Project to S...

Yes! Magazine

Katherine Stanley Obando

1 July 2020

Costa Rica

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Despite its own troubled economy, Costa Rica has embraced a large influx of Nicaraguan refugees out of a recognition that immigration is an economic boon. The absorption of more than 28,000 migrants in one year, in a ...

Next City

Emily Nonko

1 April 2020

California, United States

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A state’s digital portals can be ways to reach residents’ needs as well as collect data on the real-time effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. In California, the state’s SNAP assistance tool, GetCalFresh, emerged as a vit...

The Baltimore Sun

Yvonne Wenger

9 March 2020

Maryland, United States

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Maryland's punitive child-support policies, which have piled $233 million in largely uncollectable debt on the state's poorest residents and destabilized families and neighborhoods, could be improved by adopting refor...

BBC

Sophie Long

9 December 2019

Stockton, California, United States

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The city of Stockton, California is providing several low-income residents with $500 per month to pilot the effects of a "Universal Basic Income." So far, pilot participants report feeling less stressed about money, h...

FastCompany

Julia Hotz

2 December 2019

Berlin, Germany

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A nonprofit in Berlin tests the success of the Universal Basic Income structure, which is founded on the idea that a monthly stipend awarded to all individuals can create an invigorated labor force and allow people to...

WHYY

Aaron Moselle

21 October 2019

Pennsylvania, United States

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Pennsylvania’s WIC program, offering people experiencing economic hardship food stipends, is switching from paper checks to plastic cards. The seemingly small change will have a huge effect on how the benefits are use...

CapRadio

Sammy Caiola

3 October 2019

Stockton, United States

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Stockton, California is piloting a closely-watched experiment with Universal Basic Income, providing a $500 allowance each month for 18 months to 125 low-income families. Preliminary data captured during the first 5 m...

FastCompany

Ben Paynter

16 September 2019

Anchorage, Alaska, United States

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Simplifying the enrollment process makes the federal supplemental nutrition assistance program (SNAP) more accessible to those who qualify. In Anchorage, Alaska, a grant from Bloomberg Philanthropies funded a pilot pr...

The Washington Post

Robert Samuels

1 September 2019

Jackson, Mississippi, United States

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A pilot program in Jackson, Mississippi called Springboard to Opportunities is providing 20 single, African-American mothers living in public housing with $1000 a month, with no stipulations on how that money should b...

NPR

Pam Fessler

5 August 2019

Seattle, Washington, United States

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Pioneering research has indicated that encouraging low-income families to move to "higher opportunity" neighborhoods improves long-term outcomes for their children. A pilot program in Seattle aims to put this to the t...

The New York Times

David Brooks

4 April 2019

Canada

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Canada's poverty level has decreased by at least 20% between 2015 and 2017, helped in part due to a new methodology in solving poverty. Rather than disincentivizing collaboration, advocates got together to create comm...

FastCompany

Ben Paynter

22 February 2019

New York, New York, United States

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In response to the government shutdown in December 2018, the Robin Hood Foundation pieced together a food-aid puzzle to provide food for low-income families that weren't receiving their monthly SNAP benefits. By re-st...

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 ...

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...

Apolitical

Fergus Peace

16 August 2018

Antwerp, Belgium

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CURANT is a co-housing program launched by the city of Antwerp in Belgium, meant to support unaccompanied children who become legal adults. Participants are offered subsidized housing and are co-housed with a buddy, w...

Government Technology (GovTech)

Zack Quaintance

1 June 2018

Detroit, Michigan, United States

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In Michigan, private design firm Civilla successfully pitched a human-centered redesign of the state's unwieldy and redundant public benefits form. By highlighting and emphasizing the experience that applicants had w...

Motherboard

Jordan Pearson

23 April 2018

Hamilton, Ontario, Canada

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A pilot program in Hamilton, Ontario tests the viability of a universal basic income. While bureaucratic red tape and critics from both political sides limit the enrollment in the program, citizens partaking in the pi...

Arizona Daily Star

Patty Machelor

2 March 2018

Tucson, Arizona, United States

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In El Paso County, Colorado, the economic stress of poverty is recognized as a precursor to many instances of child abuse and neglect. Child safety caseworkers and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) provid...

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