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Ben Paynter

16 September 2019

Anchorage, Alaska, United States

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Simplifying the enrollment process makes the federal supplemental nutrition assistance program (SNAP) more accessible to those who qualify. In Anchorage, Alaska, a grant from Bloomberg Philanthropies funded a pilot pr...

Washington Post

Robert Samuels

1 September 2019

Jackson, Mississippi, United States

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A pilot program in Jackson, Mississippi called Springboard to Opportunities is providing 20 single, African-American mothers living in public housing with $1000 a month, with no stipulations on how that money should b...

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Pam Fessler

5 August 2019

Seattle, Washington, United States

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Pioneering research has indicated that encouraging low-income families to move to "higher opportunity" neighborhoods improves long-term outcomes for their children. A pilot program in Seattle aims to put this to the t...

The New York Times

David Brooks

4 April 2019

Canada

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Canada's poverty level has decreased by at least 20% between 2015 and 2017, helped in part due to a new methodology in solving poverty. Rather than disincentivizing collaboration, advocates got together to create comm...

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Ben Paynter

22 February 2019

New York, New York, United States

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In response to the government shutdown in December 2018, the Robin Hood Foundation pieced together a food-aid puzzle to provide food for low-income families that weren't receiving their monthly SNAP benefits. By re-st...

Mother Jones

Katia Savchuk

1 January 2019

Juneau, Alaska, United States

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In Alaska, the Permanent Fund Dividend (PFD) program, which is meant to provide $1600 to every resident who has lived in Alaska for at least a year, has been proven to reduce poverty and increase quality of life; the ...

Public Radio International

Yam Kumari Kandel

28 August 2018

Nepal

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The “Save the Daughter” campaign is helping families in Nepal with the economic struggle they face when mother’s give birth to females. That’s because, families with girls have to pay the wedding dowry, a cumbersome e...

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Fergus Peace

16 August 2018

Antwerp, Belgium

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CURANT is a co-housing program launched by the city of Antwerp in Belgium, meant to support unaccompanied children who become legal adults. Participants are offered subsidized housing and are co-housed with a buddy, w...

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Zack Quaintance

1 June 2018

Detroit, Michigan, United States

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In Michigan, private design firm Civilla successfully pitched a human-centered redesign of the state's unwieldy and redundant public benefits form. By highlighting and emphasizing the experience that applicants had w...

Motherboard

Jordan Pearson

23 April 2018

Hamilton, Ontario, Canada

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A pilot program in Hamilton, Ontario tests the viability of a universal basic income. While bureaucratic red tape and critics from both political sides limit the enrollment in the program, citizens partaking in the pi...

Arizona Daily Star

Patty Machelor

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2 March 2018

Tucson, Arizona, United States

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In El Paso County, Colorado, the economic stress of poverty is recognized as a precursor to many instances of child abuse and neglect. Child safety caseworkers and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) provid...

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Jack Graham

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15 February 2018

San Isidro, Peru

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Peru formerly had one of the highest rates of stunting in South America, with chronic malnutrition affecting more than 1 in 4 children under five. Thanks to results-based budgeting and a government-wide commitment to ...

The Guardian

Jon Henley

12 February 2018

Finland

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In the past 150 years, Finland has gone from famine-ridden to renowned as one of the world’s strongest democracies with leading global rankings in health, education, and innovation. Culture is key to this transformati...

Wired

Issie Lapowsky

12 November 2017

Cherokee, North Carolina, United States

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In North Carolina, the Cherokee tribe members receive cash payments every year from the revenue of local casinos. Native American reservations have one of the highest poverty rates in the country, but this payment has...

Richland Source

Emily Dech

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9 November 2017

Mansfield, Ohio, United States

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Food insecurity, obesity, and poor nutrition are all currently major challenges facing many US communities, particularly in the Midwest. SNAP-Ed is helping to tackle all of those issues through a program that teaches ...

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Jack Graham

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1 November 2017

Brazil

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Brazil's national Happy Child program, modeled after similar initiatives on the local level and in Jamaica, is working to help parents develop their children's motor coordination and cognitive development. The program...

The New York Times

Catherine Saint Louis

30 July 2017

Cincinnati, Ohio, United States

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From New York to Ohio to California, librarians have teamed up with the USDA summer food service program, along with other non-profits, to feed kids dependent on free/reduced-price lunches during the school year. Usin...

NHPR

Ben Henry

27 July 2017

Dover, New Hampshire, United States

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While farmers’ markets popularity has increased in the last decade, the higher prices mitigate equal access to such provisions -- and, by extension, the health benefits. As a result, non-profits and farmers' markets a...

Bloomberg

Megan McArdle

28 March 2017

Salt Lake City, Utah, United States

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In many parts of the United States, people struggle with economic mobility and achieving the American Dream. Salt Lake City’s rate of economic mobility is at the highest in the country. An investigative journalist exp...

The Huffington Post

Jane Black

9 February 2017

Huntington, West Virginia, United States

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Conflicts of interest have made school lunch meals the dumping ground for the cheap calories our modern agricultural system was designed to overproduce. Many programs are trying to improve school lunches, such as the ...

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Martha Lane Fox

1 January 2017

Lima, Peru

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Between 2005 and 2015, Peru cut its poverty rate in half. Though there is still more work to be done, Peru can attribute its success to several reasons. The combination of inclusive economic growth and targeted, high-...

BBC

Emma Wilson

Sahar Zand

18 December 2016

Tarma, Junín, Peru

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One in three children in Peru are stunted by a lack of nutritious foods in their diet. In 2005, the government gave cash hand-outs to poor mothers, but only on the condition that they had regular health check-ups and ...

The Christian Science Monitor

Ryan Lenora Brown

11 December 2016

Maseru, Lesotho

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The approach of giving cash straight to poor people - rather than funneling goods or services indirectly through the slow, diluted, and complex systems of charities or governments - is nothing new, but evidence of lon...

Philadelphia Magazine

Steve Volk

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18 September 2016

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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For many people experiencing poverty, the struggle to make ends meet and provide for their children is common across generations. In Philadelphia, non-profit programs are recognizing that aspect of poverty and helping...

Small Towns Big Change

Andrew Martinez

5 September 2016

Ojo Sarco, New Mexico, United States

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Hunger is a hidden crisis in the U.S., and in places like Rio Arriba County, New Mexico - a food desert and poverty-stricken community - a few dedicated food pantries are all that stands between thousands of people an...

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