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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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Doing More Than Praying for Rain

The New York Times

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Most insurance companies avoid insuring poor farmers because the transaction costs are too high, but a non-profit in Kenya created a sustainable way to cover them.

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Beyond Ribbon-Cutting

The New York Times

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Two columns introducing Fixes and presenting a program that provides African health ministries with reliable motorcycle transportation, highlighting the importance of challenges NGOs often overlook, such as reliable delivery.

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An Attack on Grameen Bank, and the Cause of Women

The New York Times

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The Grameen Bank became successful as the organization that won the Nobel Peace Prize for extending small loans to impoverished village women. Now, the Bangladeshi government’s power grab for the world’s biggest microlender hurts millions of poor, and threatens the gains made by the women who run...

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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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Can You Fight Poverty by Paying Kids to Go to School?

Politico Magazine

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In an effort to stop the poverty cycle in Memphis, a government organization is paying students to get good grades and paying adults if they have a full time job.

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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 Students With a Mission, a Little Capital Goes a Long Way

The New York Times

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At a time when university students lack opportunities and financial help to test their innovative business ideas, the Resolution Project supports higher education students who have ideas for socially responsible businesses and charities. Resolution offers small awards to start businesses as well ...

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In India, Profitable Farming With Fewer Chemicals

The New York Times

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In India, many farmers, especially women farmers, have transitioned to organic farming. While it requires a serious set of skills and knowledge, organic farming increases yields and decreases costs by eliminating the need to buy pesticides. The move is both ecological and economical, and the Indi...

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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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