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Stanford Social Innovation Review

Alexandra Christy

Winter 2020

Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea

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A public transportation system just for women has been developed in New Guinea in response to the extreme harassment that women face. Launched in 2014, the program called "Meri Seif (“Woman Safe”) now serves 170,000 f...

NationSwell

Monica Humphries

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31 December 2019

New York, New York, United States

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Cultivating a more diverse generation of farmers requires training and mentorship. In New York, GrowNYC’s FARMroots program trains new farmers of diverse backgrounds. The FARMroots Beginning Farmer Program offers cour...

The Seattle Times

Hannah Furfafo

28 December 2019

Washington, United States

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Students with intellectual disabilities often have limited options when it comes to pursuing post-secondary education. Washington State University is the first college in the state to offer students the opportunity to...

The Denver Post

Elizabeth Hernandez

28 December 2019

Denver, Colorado, United States

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Eliminating overdue fines at libraries allows low-income patrons to reengage with public resources. The Denver Public Library replaced fines with a lending restriction, meaning that patrons could only check out new it...

Los Angeles Times

Nina Agrawal

27 December 2019

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In the United States, community colleges are increasingly offering child care opportunities for student parents.

Desert Sun

Nicole Hayden

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27 December 2019

Indio, California, United States

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In Indio, California, the Community Outreach Resource Program (CORP) partners law enforcement with social supportive services as a way of holistically working with people experiencing homelessness, mental health issue...

NPR

Rebecca Davis

26 December 2019

Nduru Beach, Kenya

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Along Kenya's Lake Victoria, the practice of jaboya - where fishermen guarantee that day's catch to a woman fish trader in exchange for sexual favors - is all too common, in part due to a lack of economic opportunity ...

Nigeria Health Watch

Bashar Abubakar

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23 December 2019

Niger, Nigeria

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Maito, a village in Niger state, was long lacking a health care center, so when the state government began work on revitalizing a building, improvements were made to build on what hadn't worked well before. Although e...

Associated Press

Julie Watson

18 December 2019

Tijuana, Mexico

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In Tijuana, many asylum seekers are left without access to health care while they await a decision on their cases so medical professionals are volunteering their time to try to help those that need it. Although they a...

KQED

Vanessa Rancaño

17 December 2019

California, United States

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A program called Future Male Minority Teachers of California at California State University recruits men of color from local communities in California and provides financial and emotional support to students throughou...

Cronkite News - Arizona PBS

Kyley Warren

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16 December 2019

Santa Fe, New Mexico, United States

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Women in Indian Country and across the nation face higher rates of maternal mortality due to lack of accessible health care, but an initiative that started in New Mexico are now teaching indigenous women on reservatio...

LA Progressive

Alexandria Jacobson

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15 December 2019

Chicago, Illinois, United States

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To fight food insecurity—especially with those experiencing homelessness—Chicago has created a network of programs and organizations across the city to support those who need it in many different ways. One example is ...

CityLab

Laura Bliss

13 December 2019

Kansas City, Missouri, United States

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Kansas City, Missouri is the first major U.S. city to offer free bus rides city-wide, hoping to expand access and boost the local economy. The city emulates free public transportation plans around the world, which hav...

Nigeria Health Watch

Bashar Abubakar

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13 December 2019

Federal Capital Territory, Nigeria

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In order to encourage more community members to donate blood, a non-governmental organization in Nigeria has created a system that connects "willing blood donors and recipients at no cost." Utilizing social media serv...

Pioneers Post

Hamna Iqbal

11 December 2019

Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan

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Bebo Haider, a transgender woman, was turned away from beauty salons in Pakistan so many times that she created her own salon open to people from all walks of life. The salon, called "Trawah," opened in January 2019 a...

The Charlotte Observer

Keisha Portis

10 December 2019

Seattle, Washington, United States

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The Homestead Community Land Trust offers affordable home ownership in Seattle and the rest of King County, Washington, ensuring that there is always permanently affordable homes available. This opens up homeowner opp...

The Colorado Sun

Erica Breunlin

9 December 2019

Colorado, United States

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Over one-third of juniors and seniors enrolled in Colorado public high schools are also taking postsecondary education courses. The model is saving students time and financial costs and is helping to close the achieve...

NPR

Rachel Treisman

7 December 2019

New York, United States

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For a variety of reasons, women are less likely than men to receive CPR by a stranger, but an attachment for CPR dummies that gives the maniken silicone breasts is helping to break barriers. This phenomenon is seen wo...

Route Fifty

Emma Coleman

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6 December 2019

St. Paul, Minnesota, United States

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To tackle the inequality and lack of opportunity facing many of its historically marginalized communities, St. Paul, Minnesota, recently opened an Office of Financial Empowerment. The office will create a city-wide st...

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Oscar Perry Abello

3 December 2019

Oakland, California, United States

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Real estate cooperatives are able to raise capital from their members, ensuring re-investment in the communitie they serve. In Oakland, California, the East Bay Permanent Real Estate Cooperative (EB PREC) finances rea...

Time

Juhie Bhatia

29 November 2019

Namibia

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There are over one million people in the United States living with HIV, reaching a crisis level in states such as Georgia; however, countries like Namibia are offering lessons for how to tackle the problem. By offerin...

The Guardian

Dan Collyns

29 November 2019

Cusco, Peru

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Climate change is impacting many crops and farmlands, but potato farmers in the Peruvian Andes are experimenting with genetic strains to diversify potatoes to help safeguard the vegetable for further climate changes. ...

The New York Times

Johnny Magdaleno

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27 November 2019

Salinas, California, United States

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Farm incubators provide aspiring farmers with training, land, and access to business networks. Across the United States, organizations like California’s Agriculture and Land-Based Training Association (ALBA) are worki...

Texas Tribune

Alexa Ura

26 November 2019

Houston, Texas, United States

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Even in multicultural and diverse Harris County, Texas, with a population greater than 26 states and over 145 languages spoken, some groups, like Korean Americans, are marginalized when it comes to voting and civic pa...

NPR

Nurith Aizenman

25 November 2019

Kampala, Uganda

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Liquid morphine offers a low-tech, low-dose alternative to other opioids when it comes to pain management. Uganda has taken steps to increase palliative care by allowing nurses to prescribe doses of morphine to patien...

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