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Extreme Poverty

Poisoning America's Children

Susan Ochshorn | Posted 06.13.2016 | Impact
Susan Ochshorn

This spring, communities across the nation have been celebrating Safe Kids Day. As the season began, a tweet arrived. "Every minute of every day, th...

Bill Gates Is Betting On This Investment As A Way To Fight Extreme Poverty

The Huffington Post | Sarah Grossman | Posted 06.09.2016 | Impact

NEW YORK -- From the top of the World Trade Center and with dozens of chickens squawking in the background, Bill Gates announced his foundation’s ne...

Beyond Vertical Solutions: Partnering for Transformational Impact

Andy Bryant | Posted 06.07.2016 | Impact
Andy Bryant

Photo credit: Village Enterprise This is a guest post by Ash Rogers, Executive Director of Lwala Community Alliance, and Dianne Calvi, President and ...

The World Is Getting Better -- People Need to Know That If We Want More Progressive Change

Keith Gaby | Posted 05.03.2016 | Politics
Keith Gaby

Making progressive change isn't easy. It requires activism, sound political strategy, and endurance. But we also need something less tangible: faith that the future can be better than the present.

Is This the Greatest Thing That's Ever Happened?

Keith Gaby | Posted 04.14.2016 | Green
Keith Gaby

Some people worry that climate change is too hard to solve. Gridlocked politics, urbanization in the developing world, and the amount of pollution we ...

Escaping Normal

Charlie Bresler | Posted 03.29.2016 | Impact
Charlie Bresler

In critical areas of our lives, there is frequently a contradiction between how we want to behave and how we actually behave. Yet although it is "normal," our failure to live up to our values and goals often results in serious consequences, endangering ourselves, others, and the planet.

How poverty hurts our children most

Rhema Hokama | Posted 03.06.2016 | Impact
Rhema Hokama

I grew up in multicultural Hawaiʻi, where traditions from all over the Pacific Rim often acquire new cultural meanings long after losing their origin...

How One Man Is Trekking a Continent and Taking on a Cause

Rhema Hokama | Posted 02.19.2016 | Impact
Rhema Hokama

Matt Napier is passionate about fighting global poverty--and is undertaking an ambitious walk this summer across southern Africa to raise funds and aw...

Mediating Our Future: A Road Map For Deconstructing Poverty

Tina Cornely | Posted 02.09.2016 | World
Tina Cornely

Poverty reduction and stabilizing climate change are two critical components and two required undertakings in order to build a more sustainable world.

Taking Lessons from Silicon Valley to End Extreme Poverty

Ann Mei Chang | Posted 02.01.2016 | Impact
Ann Mei Chang

To address these realities, we must work faster and harder to ensure the world's most vulnerable are empowered and served. We must apply the insights of innovation communities like Silicon Valley to find new, more effective ways to reach the very poor.

Why Inconvenient Altruism Might Be the Best Altruism

Charlie Bresler | Posted 12.11.2015 | Impact
Charlie Bresler

"Dad, you need to lose convenience as a category of analysis," my son told me several years ago after I explained to him why I was doing something, or...

The Richer Poverty Line

Magdy Martínez-Solimán | Posted 10.28.2015 | Impact
Magdy Martínez-Solimán

While the new international poverty line does not mean much change in poverty incidence either globally or at the regional level, it does imply major changes in poverty for some countries.

Exciting Poverty News, But Gap Still Remains

Pierre Ferrari | Posted 10.27.2015 | Impact
Pierre Ferrari

Let's celebrate that fewer than 10 percent of the world's population will live on less than $1.90 a day, but remember there are millions who live between that line and a true living income. This is the gap we must close.

Global Poverty Will Hit New Low This Year, World Bank Says

The Huffington Post | Lydia Oconnor | Posted 10.23.2015 | World

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How to Save Lives From Beyond the Grave

Joey Savoie | Posted 10.04.2015 | Impact
Joey Savoie

Perhaps the most important fact you'll ever learn is that some charities are hundreds or even thousands of times better than others, and that an excellent charity evaluator called GiveWell identifies the very best based on solid evidence.

Charity Needs a Scientific Revolution and We Can Make it Happen

Joey Savoie | Posted 09.24.2015 | Science
Joey Savoie

Not only is there precious little research on which charitable interventions actually work, but most people in the field, whether donors or workers, aren't seeking it out. Almost everyone involved in philanthropy is thinking with their hearts instead of using their heads to guide their hearts.

This Is What It's Like To Live On $2 A Day

The Huffington Post | Jonathan Cohn | Posted 09.03.2015 | Politics

What's it like to have no source of income? That's life for millions of Americans, although the political debate barely acknowledges that reality. Whe...

The Migrant Crisis in Europe Does Have a Long Term Solution

Philippe Douste-Blazy | Posted 08.12.2015 | World
Philippe Douste-Blazy

Every day, for more than two years now, the world's poorest people risk their lives to escape from horror and reach the "paradise" of Europe. Many of them die on the way, in Africa, in the Mediterranean, or in the Channel Tunnel where they are crushed by the wheels of trucks.

How I Give on Less Than $30,000 a Year

Rhema Hokama | Posted 07.20.2016 | Impact
Rhema Hokama

I'm convinced that giving is something we all can do to help the world's poorest people, no matter what our income. Here are a few things that I've found helpful for myself as I learned more about what it means to give while living on a salary of less than $30,000 a year.

The Poverty Summit

Joy Strickland | Posted 05.21.2016 | Religion
Joy Strickland

Last week, President Obama addressed an audience of religious leaders, policymakers, researchers and community organizers when he spoke as a panelist at the Catholic-Evangelical Leadership Summit on Overcoming Poverty.

Become a Global Citizen

Katherine Keating | Posted 06.18.2015 | World
Katherine Keating

This year world leaders will agree on a pathway to sustainable development and Global Citizen is taking on the challenge to make sure they are known throughout the world and acted on. We're going to hear from most knowledgeable and culturally relevant people on this subject to create a dialogue about the challenges, the solutions and what can be done in terms of national development.

Why We Should Do Good by Giving Better

Rhema Hokama | Posted 06.16.2015 | Impact
Rhema Hokama

I think that if we're open to being challenged and eager to contribute, each of us will find that we can make a measurable difference by donating either money or time to bettering the lives of those who live with so much less than ourselves.

Passover, the Hunger Games and Our Nation

Bruce Judson | Posted 06.03.2015 | Religion
Bruce Judson

As the first night of Passover approaches, I have been thinking about how to bring meaning to the Holiday. The Passover Seder recounts the story of the Jewish people's Exodus from Egypt. Importantly, it is also an annual ritual for reaffirming core values and transmitting these values from one generation to the next.

Push for Progress: Children Cannot Wait

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 04.08.2015 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

So many children have lost ground as the trumped-up fear of excessive debt children did not cause has been used by some in Congress to cut safety net programs we know work.

A Call to End Child Poverty Now

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 04.01.2015 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

It is a national moral disgrace that there are 14.7 million poor children and 6.5 million extremely poor children in the United States of America -- the world's largest economy. It is also unnecessary, costly and the greatest threat to our future national, economic and military security.