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Study of low-income American women finds that small loans can help them a little

For a while, microfinance was the hottest trend in global development. The promise? That you could transform a poor person’s life with a very small loan that would let them start their own business — and then the lender gets their money back, which could then go on to transform someone else’s life. That early

2019-03-18T10:40:12-05:00Tags: |

Industrial projects help 210,000 shake off poverty in Tibet

A total of 210,000 people have been lifted out of poverty through industrial development projects in the past three years in southwest China's Tibet Autonomous Region. The regional poverty alleviation and development office said from 2016 to 2018 Tibet has poured nearly 29 billion yuan (US$4.3 billion) to develop 2,263 industrial projects, aiming to help

2019-03-12T11:38:12-05:00Tags: |

7 surprising and outrageous stats about gender inequality

Around the world, the achievements of women are being celebrated on International Women’s Day, which began back in 1911. But the day also highlights the work that remains to be done in order to achieve gender parity. The theme for this year is #BalanceforBetter - encapsulating the idea that a gender-balanced world benefits everyone, economically

2019-03-09T15:06:06-05:00Tags: |

Rise in health spending pushing 100 million people to extreme poverty: WHO

The report "2018 Global Health Expenditure" revealed that in low and middle-income countries health spending is growing on average 6 per cent annually compared with 4 per cent in high-income countries. While governments provide an average of 51 per cent of a country's health spending, more than 35 per cent of health spending per country

2019-02-26T07:52:59-05:00Tags: |

Children who eat lunch score 18% higher in reading tests

The powerful connection between nutrition and education has been revealed by new research from ESMT Berlin. Primary school children who attended a public free lunch program over an extended period were shown to have significantly better learning outcomes. According to the study, children with up to five years of midday meals had reading test scores

2019-02-22T07:28:03-05:00Tags: |

We’re making real progress against cancer. But you may not know it if you’re poor.

In the past, cancer was seen as a death sentence. These days, it’s increasingly a survivable or chronic disease. But that’s especially true if you’re rich. That’s the takeaway from the latest big reports on cancer deaths in the US and globally. On the one hand, screening to detect the disease early has become more widespread, and better

Three Community Feedback Tools for Impact Investors

Successful businesses continuously update their knowledge of what customers want.  Walmart collects more than 2.5 million gigabytes of customer data per hour and Yelp users post 26,380 reviews per minute. So why do many impact investors, who seek social, environmental, and economic returns on patient timelines, park customer insight at the door when they want to achieve multiple bottom lines?

Will it be another deadly winter for those in fuel poverty?

As nights draw in and temperatures plummet, for many households across the UK the start of the winter period brings with it some very difficult decisions. The “heat or eat” dilemma represents a devastating choice for vulnerable customers, and with a series of rising energy prices across the market it is likely that this winter

2018-12-19T20:15:33-05:00Tags: |

How Poverty Is Causing Deforestation Across Africa

Gitika Bhardwaj speaks to campaigner Obed Owusu-Addai about why solving the problem of deforestation across Africa requires tackling one of its biggest causes – poverty. Up to 58,000 square miles of forests are being lost to deforestation every year, contributing to climate change and the loss of habitats for millions of species. Can you tell

Partners Launch Good Life Goals to Encourage Personal SDG Action

The 10-Year Framework of Programmes on Sustainable Consumption and Production Patterns (10YFP) Sustainable Lifestyles and Education programme, along with the global change agency Futerra, the UN Environment Programme, the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), and the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) have launched the Good Life Goals, which outline personal actions

2018-10-30T04:35:07-05:00Tags: |

The Family Geography of the American Dream

The American Dream is in relatively good shape in some communities—like Seattle and Salt Lake—but in comparatively bad shape in other communities—like Atlanta and Baltimore. This means poor kids raised in cities like Seattle and Salt Lake City have a much better chance of moving up in the world, income-wise, than children raised in Atlanta and Baltimore.

Half the world lives in poverty on under $5.50 a day

Half the world's population lives on less than $5.50 a day despite significant progress in reducing extreme poverty, a new report from the World Bank said Wednesday.  The report found the number of poor worldwide was still "unacceptably high", with the fruits of economic growth "shared unevenly across regions and countries". Even though global growth

2018-10-17T15:00:33-05:00Tags: , , |

How we can use tech to help lift people out of poverty

"Tech Companies Should Stop Pretending AI Won't Destroy Jobs." "The Tech Solutions to End Global Hunger." Depending on which headline you read, you can get a very different idea of how technology is going to affect our future. It's enough to make your head spin. Neither extreme scenario rings true based on historical evidence or

Philadelphia’s Poor: Experiences From Below the Poverty Line

By many measures, Philadelphia is on an upswing, with a growing population, an influx of new investment, and rising household incomes. Yet at the same time, a significant share of the city’s residents are struggling. More than a quarter—about 400,000 people—live below the poverty line, which is about $19,700 a year for an adult with

2018-09-27T09:09:46-05:00Tags: |

55 mn Indians slip into poverty in a year on rising medical expenses: Study

Despite the government's thrust on health insurance schemes in India, a majority of the population continues to incur significant expenditure on healthcare. This has resulted in about 55 million Indians getting pushed into poverty in a single year because of rising medical expenses, as per a report in The Times of India. Government aid is of

2018-06-18T15:18:07-05:00Tags: |