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Intersections: A Foundation Bets on a “Holistic” Anti-Poverty Model

It’s no secret that poverty in the United States is a profoundly place-based phenomenon. Where children happen to be born and raised affects the course of their futures in deep and sometimes disturbing ways. With that in mind, a growing array of of funders is looking for more holistic means to tackle the factors that

2019-11-04T16:00:50-06:00Tags: |

Poverty and economic growth: AI

Satellite images reveal enormous amounts of information about oncoming hurricanes, military troop movements and changes to the polar ice cap. Thanks in part to the work of Stanford computer scientist Stefano Ermon, they can also help us understand and ultimately assist impoverished communities around the world. He recently embarked on a two-year study that builds on

2019-10-10T07:31:17-06:00Tags: |

Ending Poverty by Creating Job Opportunities

It’s no surprise that there is a direct correlation between a country’s economy and its poverty rate. Higher economic growth in a country correlates to lower poverty rates. This is because higher economic growth creates enough jobs to help citizens stay above the poverty line. Research done on a variety of developing countries shows that

2019-08-10T09:02:32-06:00Tags: |

I grew up in poverty.

Despite recent progress, Maine continues to struggle with too many children who are growing up in poverty, unsure where their next meal will come from. But an innovative collaboration between the Maine State Chamber of Commerce, Maine Community Foundation, the Maine Community Action Association and Maine Equal Justice Partners has come together to make a

2018-12-31T06:25:05-06:00Tags: |

Prescription for Poverty

Drug companies as tax dodgers, price gougers, and influence peddlers New Oxfam research shows that four pharmaceutical corporations—Abbott, Johnson & Johnson, Merck & CO (MSD), and Pfizer—systematically stash their profits in overseas tax havens. They appear to deprive developing countries of more than $100 million every year—money that is urgently needed to meet the health

2018-10-17T09:16:32-06:00Tags: |

5 Facts You Should Know About Energy Poverty

Imagine what life would be like without access to modern-day energy sources, like electricity. This is energy poverty. For millions of poor people across the globe, their livelihoods, well-being and health are affected by the harmful energy options they are left with. Here are five facts you should know about energy poverty. Living without electricity

2018-08-14T06:00:16-06:00Tags: |

The power of pharma businesses to drive social change

Poverty, unemployment and inequality are perhaps the biggest challenges facing society today. These issues all urgently need solutions, and businesses bear a responsibility in helping to create them. One of the key ways in which businesses can do this is through Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) programmes. Investing in CSR programmes can bring business as well

2018-06-23T03:48:16-06:00Tags: |

OFID vows to help end energy poverty

The Director General of the OPEC Fund for International Development (OFID), Mr Suleiman Al-Herbish, has reaffirmed the organisation’s commitment to helping in the eradication of energy poverty across the globe. Around one in seven people or 1.1 billion people don’t have access to electricity and almost three billion people still cook with polluting fuels such

2018-06-09T08:36:48-06:00Tags: |

Living in better neighborhood may protect health of kids in poverty

While poverty has long been linked with poor health, a study from UC San Francisco has found that simply living in a more desirable neighborhood may act as a health booster for low-income children. UCSF researchers compared levels of the stress hormone cortisol in 338 kindergartners whose families’ annual incomes ranged from less than $10,000

2018-06-07T07:55:09-06:00Tags: |

How fighting inequality can help cities grow their economies

For years, Americans have been told we’re in the middle of a recovery, that economic growth and jobs are on their way back. But by many measures, the recovery has been uneven, varying between industries, cities, and neighborhoods. In nearly four of five urban areas in the U.S., household income was at least 5 percent

2018-04-25T15:59:47-06:00Tags: |

Business Group Aims to Lift 1 Million People Out of Poverty

Economic inequality is one of the most pressing matters in Los Angeles, with people debating what to do about a rise in homelessness and a shortage of affordable housing. This week, a local group unveiled plans to address the situation, though specifics steps remain sparse. On the morning of Tuesday, Jan. 30, the Los Angeles

2018-02-02T09:22:03-06:00Tags: |

Do Financial Inclusion Efforts Really Have an Impact on Poverty?

Several years ago, a senior person at a large foundation (let’s call him Fred) asked us if we thought financial inclusion—creating and supporting financial products and services designed for low-income communities—really made a difference to the poor. We took his question very seriously, and answered that we honestly weren’t sure whether it was as high

2018-01-29T16:19:29-06:00Tags: |

These Poverty-Fighting Startups Are Slaying Silicon Valley’s Sacred Cows

“One of my ambitions is to help our users put more food on the table,” says Jimmy Chen, the founder of Propel. His company makes a mobile app called FreshEBT that helps people among the U.S.’s 43 million recipients of the electronic benefit transfer (EBT) service to stretch their food-stamp benefits as far as possible. Last

How Large Food Retailers Can Help Solve the Food Waste Crisis

If you find yourself having to purge your refrigerator’s crisper bin every few weeks, imagine what goes on at a grocery store. The Institution of Mechanical Engineers estimates that annually between a third and a half of all food produced is wasted worldwide. According to the Guardian, approximately 45% of all fruits and vegetables, 35%

2018-01-02T08:21:30-06:00Tags: |

Can Fighting Poverty Make You Happy?

This article originally appeared on Greater Good, the online magazine of the Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley which kindly granted permission for use. By Jill Suttie Some years ago, filmmaker Daniel Karslake, director of the acclaimed documentary, For The Bible Tells Me So, learned that every three seconds someone around the world—usually a

2018-01-03T16:10:27-06:00Tags: , |

Apps to transform farming

Every morning and afternoon, Douglas Adjei receives a phone call giving the weather forecasts at his farm in southern Ghana. It’s thanks to an app called Farmerline, which gives smallholder farmers daily voice-based information in their local language, providing access to critical information on prices, the use of insecticides, and weather information to help with

2017-12-08T08:51:19-06:00Tags: |