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Poverty Alleviation

The Story of Our Women in Rwanda (PHOTOS)

Culture-ist | Posted 04.06.2016 | Impact

By Maria Russo The air is thick with dust. Construction in Kigali is seemingly everywhere. The city has recently gone through an incredible boom, c...

Goodbye Cotton, Hello Hemp?

John Converse Townsend | Posted 10.28.2015 | Green
John Converse Townsend

About 20 million tons of cotton are produced each and every year, making it far and away the world's most profitable non-food crop. But it's resource intensive in a big way.

We Can't Wait (to Invest in Working Families)

Mauricio Lim Miller | Posted 08.03.2015 | Impact
Mauricio Lim Miller

Calling for shame and charity in order to get our country to pay attention to poverty or the lack of mobility is old, and wrong. For 50 years, the stories from the war on poverty have almost singularly tried to shame us into addressing these issues, but, ultimately, they harm the cause.

Catching the Dream of the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe -- A Glimmer of Hope in a Native 'National Emergency'

Reiner Lomb | Posted 07.01.2016 | Fifty
Reiner Lomb

The Ute Mountain Ute Tribe (UMUT) is one of three tribes that comprise the Ute Nation and one of 566 federally recognized tribes that are dealing with this national crisis. For more than 2,000 years, the people of the Ute Nation have lived in Colorado, Utah, and Northern Arizona.

Putting Poverty Alleviation in the Hands of the Impoverished

Martin Burt | Posted 06.29.2014 | Impact
Martin Burt

The fact remains that one out of every four Paraguayans are still living in poverty and that economic growth has not "trickled down" to the poorest members of the society.

Rawls in the Real World

Elisabeth Mason | Posted 06.08.2014 | Politics
Elisabeth Mason

More than 40 years after he published his seminal work A Theory of Justice, the debate continues about the logic and desirability of subscribing to his worldview. We need debate no longer: we should all be Rawlsians now.

Kate Sheppard

Three-Quarters Of World Bank-Backed Projects Still Don't Evaluate Climate Risks: Report | Kate Sheppard | Posted 04.07.2014 | Green

WASHINGTON -- The World Bank is still failing to take climate change into account as it makes decisions about the projects it finances, according to a...

Social Impact Incubator Promotes Local Innovation in Burundi

Barry Segal | Posted 05.18.2014 | Impact
Barry Segal

Guest blog post by Dedo N. Baranshamaje, Burundi Country Director for the Segal Family Foundation (SFF) With some of the highest hunger levels in S...

When Doing Good Is Good Business

Vivian Norris | Posted 11.24.2013 | Impact
Vivian Norris

Now there is a generation of students, who in the past would have attended top business schools such as Harvard, HEC, INSEAD, and LSE, who are looking for more from their careers than simply bringing home a large paycheck. They want to give back from the start.

Disruptive Women Entrepreneurs

Jeannie E. Javelosa | Posted 12.24.2012 | Impact
Jeannie E. Javelosa

In the first hour that I met my other co-finalists for the Cartier Women's Initiative Awards here in Paris, I knew this experience would be a precious life memory to look back on.

Maintaining Quality Of The Heart: Pakistan, Passion And Poverty Alleviation

Qazi Azmat Isa | Posted 09.26.2012 | Religion
Qazi Azmat Isa

In a country facing a myriad of challenges, our mission is one of restoring hope and securing the future of the poor, marginalized, disadvantaged and excluded.

Do You COTAP? Alternative Energy for MBAs in Dismal Times

Bryan Gobin | Posted 06.25.2012 | Impact
Bryan Gobin

COTAP connects projects to individuals who want to offset their carbon footprint, but have a strong preference that their donations support poor farming communities in developing countries that already experience the brunt of climate change.

Gene Demby

Tavis Smiley: 'This Is Our Last, Best Chance To Turn This Around' | Gene Demby | Posted 03.15.2012 | Black Voices

"Two decades ago we were celebrating what was the Year Of The Woman in '92, and now we're dealing with a war on women in 2012," Tavis Smiley said on a...

My Top Ten Beliefs as a Social Entrepreneur

Asher Hasan | Posted 04.14.2012 | Impact
Asher Hasan

I believe that all human beings have intrinsic value: Regardless of their ethnicity, religion, etc. For those of us who have faith we were all created by the same Creator and therefore should respect ALL of his creations.

World Food Prize Recognizes Leadership in Agriculture, but More Policy Support Is Needed to Feed the World's Hungry

Danielle Nierenberg | Posted 12.07.2011 | Impact
Danielle Nierenberg

Policymakers around the world need to step up their efforts to combat hunger, malnutrition, and poverty by providing greater support for agriculture.

How Smartphones Can Safeguard The Future Of Agriculture

Deborah Bassett | Posted 06.30.2015 | Impact
Deborah Bassett

What does mobile phone technology have to do with farmers in Uganda? According to Karl Muth, an economist from The London School of Economics working ...

Urbanization of Poverty

Jonathan Lewis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Jonathan Lewis

Megalopolises, teeming with people, pollution and poverty, may not be an attractive lifestyle for you. But, urban life is the future for most of the world's poor.

How Cause-Integrated Businesses are Working to End Poverty

Auren Kaplan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Auren Kaplan

As the movements of social enterprise and cause-integrated business mature, a new funding model is proving that scaling innovations for poverty alleviation in the developing world can be both possible and profitable.

The Danger of Demonizing Profit Making Companies That Serve the Poor

Hugh Whalan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Hugh Whalan

The true issue here is not whether for-profits play an important role -- it should be clear that they do -- but rather how to encourage the right kind of for-profits to address the social needs of the poor.

Opportunity Collaboration Equals Transformational

Saul Garlick | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Saul Garlick

There is simply no venue that compares to Opportunity Collaboration for exploring the most difficult questions social entrepreneurs face. I realized that while there.

Mosquitoes and Markets Don't mix

Jonathan Lewis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Jonathan Lewis

In the view of market fundamentalists, government and nonprofits are conflated into the inefficient enemy and their opposite, the private sector, embodies all that is true and noble. This claptrap is ideological, rigid and disconnected from reality.

A Market Solution to Help the World's Poor?

Stephan B. Tanda | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Stephan B. Tanda

Is there a real business in helping the world's poor? According to the World Resources Institute and the International Finance Corporation, there is.

A Jewish New Year: A New Approach to Philanthropy

Saul Garlick | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Saul Garlick

It is our obligation as the Jewish people to give future generations a world more peaceful, more secure and more just than that which we inherited from our parents and grandparents.

Let's Try Something New: Engage Women, Drive Change

Jamie Bechtel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Jamie Bechtel

If we want to successfully protect our incredibly valuable and important natural resources, the inclusion of women is non-negotiable. If we want to drive change, we must engage women.

Measure? Alleviate? No, Eliminate Poverty

Elisabeth Rhyne | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Elisabeth Rhyne

While academics from prestigious East Coast universities are developing randomized trials to test the impact of microfinance on poverty - and coming u...