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An Investment Strategy in the Human Interest

The New York Times

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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 donors are applying the same idea to poor-country development.

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‘Invisible' Credit? (Read This Now!)

The New York Times

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54 million people in the United States, and 4.5 billion globally, have no credit to their name - making it nearly impossible for them to buy homes, apply for jobs and receive loans. Investors and lenders make an effort to help those with 'invisible credit' scores in financing essentials like home...

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Five years after quake, emerging northern Haiti faces challenges

The Seattle Times

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Five years after the earthquake in Haiti, foreign investment has not delivered all that was promised, but some projects have materialized, such as access to electricity in the city of Madras.

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For Refugees, the Price of Dignity

The New York Times

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Despite refugee camps ability to provide emergency aid, they have had a history of health diseases, rape, and domestic violence. American humanitarian aid and programs by the United Nations have proved beneficial to equip Middle Eastern refugees with resources for self-settlement outside of camps...

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In Rwanda, Building a “University in a Box”

Bright Magazine

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Kepler University in Rwanda reduces the cost of a university education by hiring teachers based on their willingness to innovate—not necessarily their expertise—and by blending online and in-classroom learning. Students receive the equivalent of a college diploma and job training in order to faci...

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Helping Where Help Is Wanted

The New York Times

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Vacant positions exist in many employment sectors, including in education and in hospitals. ReServe is a program that joins retired professionals to part-time paid positions in non-profits to perform duties. A controversy has emerged that suggests these positions should be paid at a professional-...

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Houston's Learning Curve

Politico Magazine

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When immigrant children come to America, they are faced with culture shock, language barriers, and a system of education different from where their original country. Houston’s Las Americas Newcomer School is designed to ease the adjustment of immigrant and refugee children as they enter the Amer...

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How to Build a Perfect Refugee camp

The New York Times

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Refugee camps typically look like a prison with squalid conditions and barbed wire tops. By contrast, the Kilis refugee camp in Turkey is orderly, secure, and clean; has schools for children; has grocery stores, and is powered with electricity. The camp is not run by the United Nations, but rathe...

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Immigrants Welcome Here

The New York Times

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Immigrants are increasingly settling in the United States, but their cultural adjustments present economic and social challenges. Different states have started welcoming initiatives to aid in foreigners in their transition. Welcoming Tennessee has organized community gatherings and public talks, ...

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In a Second Career, Working to Make a Difference

The New York Times

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Some inner city schools, nonprofits, and businesses in New York lack the staff to make their organizations function for the people they serve. ReServe is a program that links retired professionals with part-time jobs in schools, libraries, hospitals and other city agencies. A ReServist is not a v...

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