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The New York Times

Amy Yee

23 April 2014

Dhaka, Dhaka Division, Bangladesh

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Bangladesh has often struggled maintaining safety in the workplace. But a new effort ensures that Bangladeshi workers are trained about how to better follow security and safety restrictions to create a safer working e...

The Atlantic

James Fallows

25 January 2014

Greenville, South Carolina, United States

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The "Next" Project in Greenville, South Carolina brings local government and companies together to create a business incubator to encourage new startups to launch -- and stay -- in the area. One such business, called ...

The Atlantic

John Tierney

10 November 2013

Maine, United States

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A college in the poorest county in Maine offers a high job placement rate and a relatively cheap education for seaside communities. At Maine Maritime Academy, students get hands-on experience to pursue relevant career...

East Bay Times

Emily Constance

14 October 2013

Oakland, California, United States

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Disadvantaged individuals can often have difficulty finding employment due to lack of job training and references. A free 12-week program offers intensive culinary training at St. Vincent de Paul kitchen along with ot...

The New York Times

Amy Yee

2 June 2013

Ghaziabad, India

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Over half of India’s population of 1.2 billion is under the age of 25. As such, there is a massive demand for skills training for young people to ensure their skills are matched with the needs of the job market. Gras ...

Al-Fanar Media

Daria Solovieva

2 April 2013

Cairo, Egypt

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In order to bridge the gap between women and men in the workforce, a number of programs in the middle east are offering job mentorship and training to women. “A mentoring program is a big help for women,” Allam says, ...

The New York Times

David Bornstein

11 July 2012

United States

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An Irish-based company, ALISON, provides free, high-quality e-courses to people around the globe in order to help close the gap between education and workplace skills. Particularly focused on providing access to areas...

The New York Times

Tina Rosenberg

8 December 2011

Mahoba, Uttar Pradesh, India

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In Tanzania, mapping of water points showed that nationally, less than half the existing rural water points were working—of water points that were less than two years old, a quarter had already stopped functioning. Br...

The New York Times

David Bornstein

3 November 2011

Cambodia

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Companies who outsource often fuel the race to the bottom for global workers' standards. Two companies, Digital Divide Data and Samasource, offer a model for outsourcing which is profitable and also prioritizes social...

The New York Times

Tina Rosenberg

18 February 2011

Halgaon, Maharashtra, India

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The second of two columns on how ordinary women trained to become their village doctors are making rural villages much healthier. Financial incentives, supporting workers, and encouraging cooperation from governments ...

The New York Times

Tina Rosenberg

14 February 2011

Halgaon, Maharashtra, India

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Many health professionals choose to not live in poor, rural areas that lack access to healthcare. The Society for Education, Action, and Research in Community Health, and the Comprehensive Rural Health Project are tra...

The New York Times

David Bornstein

28 January 2011

Bangladesh

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For young people, learning the social norms of the office is crucial for survival in the new economy. Year Up is an organization that is unusually successful at preparing young adults from disadvantaged backgrounds fo...

The New York Times

David Bornstein

24 January 2011

Boston, Massachusetts, United States

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The non-profit program Year Up is getting low-income young people into jobs by training them in the culture of work. The organization pairs companies—which help fund the training period—with interns from disadvantaged...

The New York Times

Tina Rosenberg

21 January 2011

New Orleans, Louisiana, United States

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The prison system is designed to fail - and it does. On the positive side, there are programs all over the country that recognize that helping prisoners remake their lives is both humane and cost-effective.

Time Magazine

Lee Middleton

19 June 2010

Butare, Rwanda

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The opening of an ice cream shop in Butare, Rwanda is a small part of a larger effort to bring joy and personal health and happiness to communities who otherwise "ceased to believe they deserved it." A nonprofit based...

Harvard Business Review

Rosabeth Moss Kanter

1 May 1999

Union City, New Jersey, United States

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The corporate sector has a unique skill set that can be leveraged to bring innovative ideas and practices to the social sector. Companies are going beyond traditional short-term corporate social responsibility models,...

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