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Helping the World’s Poorest, for a Change

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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 break the cycle of poverty.

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A Case Study in Lifting College Attendance

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Many qualified high school students are unable to attend college due to financial reasons. Delaware's governor works hard to make sure that all college-ready graduates, regardless of socioeconomic status, make it to college.

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Amidst Drought and Famine, Niger Leads West Africa in Addressing Crisis

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Officials in Niger are addressing chronic severe droughts causing food shortages and leading to a widespread threat of starvation. They provide aid and resources for an crop planting technique called 're-greening,' which aims to reforest agricultural regions, restoring soil quality and, in turn, ...

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For Striving Students, a Connection to Money

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Government benefits to aid the poor are frequently left unclaimed, leaving children hungry, young people unable to finish school, and opportunities for stable housing and preventative health care unused. New York City-based program Single Stop connects people to benefits for which they may be eli...

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New Mortgage Program Helps Cambodia's Poor Find Better Homes

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An innovative program by an unusual bank allows low-income people in Cambodia to take out a 15-year fixed mortgage with little or no documentation - contradicting traditional loan assumptions and creating means for some of the country's poorest people to completely change their lives. The bank an...

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New Orleans ends veteran homelessness

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New Orleans implemented an extraordinary 10-year plan that engaged unprecedented cross-sector collaboration between government, non-profit, and private entities to provide housing and housing services to the city's homeless veterans. The city's success in providing homes for every single veteran ...

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HealthCare.gov is busted. These four state exchanges aren’t.

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Accessible affordable health care is needed for millions of uninsured Americans. The Affordable Care Act is a viable solution that helps the uninsured. Although the launching of the website had some glitches, many states designed their own insurance marketplace and have successfully signed up pe...

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Leading the Way Out of Debt

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If the rich need personalized financial advice and hands-on-help, poor people need it more. Neighborhood Trust, a nonprofit that provides financial advice to low-income New Yorkers, is the largest operator of New York City’s Financial Empowerment Centers which were established in June 2008.

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Nudging Detroit: Program Doubles Food Stamp Bucks In Grocery Stores

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Organizations in Detroit are piloting a program to apply food stamp credits in grocery stores towards the purchase of nutritious produce, in order to increase access to healthy items. The initiative can also help the local economy prosper through increased promotion of locally grown produce.

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How to Protect Foreign Aid? Improve It

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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 practical solutions, The concept comes from the Center for Global Development, and could...

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