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The New York Times

David Bornstein

16 May 2011

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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Lack of reading material is not only a third-world problem – many poor families in the United States lack access to and funds for books. A program that helps get books to into the homes of low-income families can boos...

The New York Times

Tina Rosenberg

12 May 2011

Ethiopia

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Oxfam is working to prevent a drought in Ethiopa by insuring crops of farmers, causing them to have a greater desire to work in the agricultural market.

The New York Times

Tina Rosenberg

9 May 2011

Nanyuki, Laikipia, Kenya

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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.

The New York Times

Donald G. McNeil Jr.

9 May 2011

Zambia

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Providing simple training to midwives in Zambia has resulted in a statistically significant decline in infant mortality. A small pilot project costing only $20,244 saved the lives of an estimated 97 infants.

The New York Times

David Bornstein

2 May 2011

Saratoga, California, United States

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Despite significant increases in funding and advances in biomedical research, the rates of new treatments and drugs for illnesses that reach the market every year have plummeted. A group called the Myelin Repair Found...

The New York Times

Tina Rosenberg

25 April 2011

Miami, Florida, United States

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Washing hands in between contact with patients is one of the most important things a healthcare worker can do to prevent the spread of disease and reduce the rise of superbugs like MRSA. A new technology is increasing...

Pacific Standard

Vince Beiser

25 April 2011

Stanford, California, United States

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Despite the trillions of dollars of aid money, donations, and goods gifted to impoverished nations each year, the cycle of poverty fails to break, and conventional thinking has shifted to believing that the poor are b...

The New York Times

Tina Rosenberg

11 April 2011

Burlington, Vermont, United States

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For triple-bottom-line businesses, there are no guarantees that responsible practices will continue after a sale of the company. 'B corp', a new form of corporation in the United States, is one that aims to maximize n...

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Tina Rosenberg

31 March 2011

United States

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New crowdfunding options can help even the smallest donor's contributions to have a meaningful impact, bolstering a sense of personal involvement, maximizing knowledge about causes, and inspiring greater participation.

The New York Times

Tina Rosenberg

28 March 2011

Kenya

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Americans often want to connect to a cause beyond writing a check. Crowdsourcing is creating new forms of philanthropy globally, giving donors more choice and a stronger connection to the projects they fund.

Inside Climate News

Maria Gallucci

28 March 2011

Reno, Nevada, United States

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In a campaign to boost community interest in and use of urban wind power, city officials in Reno, Nevada, are helping consumers take the guesswork out of buying home turbines. Through an online consumer guide called t...

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David Bornstein

10 March 2011

Cincinnati, Ohio, United States

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Some problems are simply too complex to solve with any single approach. The “collective impact” strategy of creating alliances of civic and business leaders is being applied to social problems across the nation.

The New York Times

Tina Rosenberg

4 March 2011

New York, New York, United States

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It's unusual for health programs to find it financially beneficial to send a home visitor regularly to help patients. But medical programs in various parts of the United States are experimenting with using peer groups...

The New York Times

Tina Rosenberg

28 February 2011

New York, New York, United States

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The health problems of millions of Americans are directly related to patients' failure to follow doctors’ orders. Community health workers are increasingly successful in New York and other American cities – not to sub...

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 ...

National Geographic

Jeff Smith

16 February 2011

Ghana

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Less charcoal, faster cook times, energy efficient and healthier: these are all terms that have been associated with a new cooking stove produced by the small Ghana business Toyola Energy. This stove acts as a dual so...

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...

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David Bornstein

11 February 2011

New York, New York, United States

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Text4baby is a free service that sends text messages to pregnant women, and new mothers to provide them with useful tips to keep themselves and their babies healthy. This solution involves many different types of orga...

The New York Times

David Bornstein

7 February 2011

Martinsville, Virginia, United States

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An average of 28,000 children born in the U.S. each year die before their first birthday – and many more face disabilities and serious life-long health problems, often because they are born prematurely or at low birth...

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Tina Rosenberg

4 February 2011

Antigua Guatemala, Guatemala

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Two columns on microconsignment, a new variation on microcredit that helps poor people living in developing countries - particularly women in rural villages - start small social businesses without taking on debt or re...

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

David Bornstein

14 January 2011

Tamkuha, Bihar, India

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A follow-up article on Husk Power Systems, which has created a scalable system to turn rice husks into electricity that is reliable, eco-friendly and affordable for families in India. The company bases their business ...

The New York Times

David Bornstein

10 January 2011

New Delhi, Delhi, India

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Access to electricity in India takes a huge economic, educational, and health-related toll. A small company called Husk Power Systems has created an innovative system that is turning rice husks into electricity and il...

Women's eNews

Jean Friedman-Rudovsky

28 December 2010

La Paz, Bolivia

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Mobile health units are rolling clinicians into remote parts of Bolivia and helping to lower one of the world's worst rates of maternal mortality. Reporting costs for this story were partially funded by International ...

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