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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+00:00Tags: |

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+00:00Tags: , , |

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+00:00Tags: |

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+00:00Tags: |

Poorest Town in Every State

For every state except Alaska and Hawaii, the Department of Health and Human Services sets the official poverty income at $25,100 a year or less for a family of four. Currently, close to 50 million Americans live below that threshold. Poverty is the most extreme example of financial hardship, and as such, the official poverty

2018-05-02T17:15:14+00:00Tags: |

Financial Condition and Health Care Burdens of People in Deep Poverty

Americans living at the bottom of the income distribution often struggle to meet their basic needs on very limited incomes, even with the added assistance of government programs. The following analyses describe the characteristics of the poor population; available income for those at the deepest levels of poverty; and average medical care needs among those

2018-04-30T07:48:03+00:00Tags: |

The secret to making it out of poverty

“When people think of poverty, a lot of times they immediately think income is the solution,” he says. “But poverty is multidimensional and much more complicated than a dollar figure.” As the director of Fundacion Paraguaya, a nongovernmental organization that advances microfinance and entrepreneurship in the South American country, Burt has devoted his life’s work

2018-03-31T06:31:48+00:00Tags: |

A New Approach To Poverty

A letter in the New York Times from Joel Berg, the chief executive of Hunger for America, caught my eye because it encapsulates the political debate about financial poverty and what to do about it. Progressives believe that increasing the disposable incomes of the poor via minimum wage rises, expansions of tax credits and benefits (reform

2018-03-28T19:43:06+00:00Tags: |

How often do medical problems lead to bankruptcy?

A team of researchers led by an MIT economist has found that medical expenses account for roughly 4 percent of bankruptcy filings among nonelderly adults in the U.S. The scholars combined medical records and financial data for hundreds of thousands of people to pinpoint the percentage of bankruptcies caused by medical costs, thus giving new

2018-03-24T14:55:00+00:00Tags: |

Great Recession still plagues workers with lower lifetime wages

Losing a job often leads to lower earnings that stretch long beyond the time of unemployment. Yet it’s hard to know exactly what causes these lower lifetime earnings. For displaced workers in Washington state during the Great Recession, earnings dropped suddenly and had still not fully recovered five years later, according to a working paper

2018-03-14T07:39:19+00:00Tags: |