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Reducing Harm & Expanding the Good: This Week in Daily Giving

Ari Nessel | Posted 11.02.2015 | Impact
Ari Nessel

Every week at The Pollination Project, we make small seed grants to social change entrepreneurs and visionaries all over the world. This week we are honored to support projects that help reduce harm among vulnerable people, and promote hope, healing and goodness around the world.

Fighting Inequality by Addressing Urban Violence

Josephine d'Allant | Posted 11.11.2015 | Impact
Josephine d'Allant

Crime, inequality, and urban poverty are highly intertwined. Crime patterns can be both symptoms and drivers of inequality. Informal settlements often epitomize the hot spots of urban violence.

Beyond Public Transportation: Innovative Approaches to Affordable and Sustainable Transportation

Josephine d'Allant | Posted 09.28.2015 | Impact
Josephine d'Allant

Finding environmentally friendly modes of urban transportation is a key issue for cities working to ensure sustainable development. In Nairobi, a number of studies have identified the significant risk to pedestrians and bicyclists operating in and around the city.

One Person's Trash is Another Person's Income

Josephine d'Allant | Posted 08.25.2015 | Impact
Josephine d'Allant

With massive population growth in store for cities across the Global South, the fact that many of cities struggle to provide effective waste collection to serve the current population levels is worrying

A Home for Everyone

Suzanne Skees | Posted 08.07.2015 | World
Suzanne Skees

If I could have one wish come true, I would give every family on the planet a clean, pretty little house in which to live. Each clean, pretty little home Working Capital for Community Needs (WCCN) helps to build moves us closer to a world like that.

Youth as Engines of Change

Josephine d'Allant | Posted 07.27.2015 | Impact
Josephine d'Allant

For cities across the Global South with rapidly-growing populations, youth are widely seen as holding the keys to the future. At the same time, however, they typically face higher rates of unemployment than the rest of the population.

A Seat at the Table: Demanding a Voice in Development

Josephine d'Allant | Posted 07.02.2015 | Impact
Josephine d'Allant

Across the Global South, there is a slowly growing understanding that nobody can know the challenges and needs of the urban poor better than the urban poor themselves.

Stronger United: Workers' Unions Across the Global South

Josephine d'Allant | Posted 06.23.2015 | Impact
Josephine d'Allant

For the working poor, unions can provide a structure for voicing grievances and a collective power for bringing about change, often in the face of resistance. In this article, we travel from Mumbai and Bangalore to Tehran and Ho Chi Minh City to explore some of the struggles waged by unions to demand the rights of their members.

A Life-Changing Trip to Dharavi

XPRIZE | Posted 06.07.2015 | Impact

During a trip to India with XPRIZE, I had the opportunity to experience Mumbai from the perspective of a local, yet through eyes of foreigner. I say "foreign" not because of where I live, but because of what I had never seen, or could ever have imagined.

Inequalities and Exclusion of the Poor in the Global South: Four Cities Fight Back Through Aggressive Land Policy

Josephine d'Allant | Posted 02.14.2015 | Impact
Josephine d'Allant

While the goals of neighborhood revitalization are generally positive, if a government fails to actively incorporate policies that guarantee affordable housing and public spaces, revitalization becomes a euphemism for gentrification and exclusion of the poor.

Caroline Can't Wait

Barry Segal | Posted 01.18.2015 | Impact
Barry Segal

This is a guest post by David Auerbach, co-founder of Sanergy, based in Nairobi, Kenya. Sanergy is a Segal Family Foundation partner.

Progress and Education: This week in Daily Giving

Ari Nessel | Posted 01.10.2015 | Impact
Ari Nessel

Every day, along with 40 other daily givers, I have the privilege of making seed grants to up and coming social change leaders around the world. All o...

Housing: More Than a Place to Live

Josephine d'Allant | Posted 11.24.2014 | Impact
Josephine d'Allant

Building affordable housing is only the first step towards inclusive cities. As housing should be seen as an urban strategy to improve the overall quality of life for all citizens, affordable housing must be inclusive by design.

Lessons From a Skinhead

Linda Bloom LCSW and Charlie Bloom MSW | Posted 10.12.2014 | Healthy Living
Linda Bloom LCSW and Charlie Bloom MSW

The contents of this post may be sensitive for readers. Frank Meeink beat the odds; he survived. An Irish-Italian kid, he grew up in the slums of Sou...

Startup Abroad: Ode to Bangalore

Eric Kauderer-Abrams | Posted 10.06.2014 | Impact
Eric Kauderer-Abrams

Catching me in a weak moment during the first few days of our trip, my friend and co-founder Morgan, who spent last year working in Bangalore, sought to console me, saying, "Mother India always provides when you need it most."

Poop-Eating Worm

Claire Bernard | Posted 09.17.2014 | Impact
Claire Bernard

Oxfam is testing the Tiger Worm Toilets, aka the poop-eating worm toilets, with several West Point residents. But judging from the smell, the construction of a toilet wasn't working well enough to keep the community healthy.

Double the Giving, Double the Fun: This Week In Daily Giving

Ari Nessel | Posted 09.10.2014 | Impact
Ari Nessel

July has been a busy month for Daily Giving, so we decided to double our efforts and give two grants a day for the entire month of July. These seed gr...

Saving Lives With Hives: Our Idea Using Bees to Promote Health in Urban Slums

Kelsey Julius | Posted 08.24.2014 | Impact
Kelsey Julius

If one jar of honey can help one slum-dweller suffering from diabetes, what else can one jar of honey do?

We're Inventing a New Way to Diagnose Diabetes in the Poorest Parts of the World

Hemanth Soni | Posted 08.19.2014 | Impact
Hemanth Soni

Often referred to as a "disease of the wealthy," diabetes is anything but, with the majority of diabetics living in low- and middle-income communities where the disease is rarely detected until it has progressed to late stages.

Scaling the Infrastructure Built for HIV to Treat Even More of Our Global Diseases

Tamara Zakharia | Posted 08.17.2014 | Impact
Tamara Zakharia

We expect our proposal to be sliced up and rearranged, looking very different to what it is now by the time we present our final business plan in September to Bill Clinton and Muhammad Yunus. Exciting times await us!

Schools in Slums: A Surprising Number of the Poorest Kids Are Enrolled in Private Preschools

Maya Ziswiler | Posted 07.29.2014 | Impact
Maya Ziswiler

There are many things a person expects to see when walking through Mukuru, a vast expanse of sheet metal and mud located just to the southeast of the Kenyan capital of Nairobi and home to an estimated 270,000 people.

Land Titles for the Urban Poor

Josephine d'Allant | Posted 07.15.2014 | Impact
Josephine d'Allant

Rio de Janeiro is moving forward with the expansion of land titling for its most vulnerable citizens through Minha Casa Minha Vida, the national housing program, and Morar Carioca, the city's urban upgrading program.

Eye-Opening Photos Of Door-To-Door Salesmen In A Nairobi Slum

The Huffington Post | Priscilla Frank | Posted 05.07.2014 | Arts

Mathare is a slum in Nairobi, Kenya, in which approximately 500,000 people live packed into a three-square-mile region. Many people dwelling in th...

Mapping Technologies for the Urban Poor

Josephine d'Allant | Posted 06.07.2014 | Impact
Josephine d'Allant

Mapping people, places, and characteristics of urban spaces is essential for understanding cities and their residents in the Global South, and data visualization is crucial for development interventions.

Why Urban Poverty and Rural Life Are Interconnected in the Global South

Josephine d'Allant | Posted 06.02.2014 | Impact
Josephine d'Allant

Urban poverty in the Global South does not occur in a vacuum: many of the urban poor are recent migrants from rural areas who have come to the city in search of a better life.