Koch tackles poverty by coaching nonprofits on business

U.S. 06/05/19, 00:12

If a billionaire's approach to philanthropy is a reflection of himself, Charles Koch's latest initiative tackling poverty embodies both the wealthy industrialist's business acumen and his distaste for big government.The 3-year-old Stand Together Foundation has lately taken center stage in the Koch empire, which has been recalibrating some of its ...

New Zealand’s 1st ‘well-being budget’ targets mental health

Business 05/29/19, 22:45

New Zealand's government announced Thursday it will spend billions of dollars more on mental health services and combatting child poverty as part of a new approach to its finances.The liberal-led government unveiled the country's first so-called well-being budget. It aims to measure social outcomes like health and the environment alongside ...

Oregon OKs largest expansion of federal free lunch program

U.S. 05/16/19, 17:14

Oregon is spending $40 million to dramatically expand its federal free breakfast and lunch program, ensuring that more than 60 percent of its 400,000 public school students will be included, the largest statewide effort in the country.The program is based on providing free meals to any child whose family lives ...

California governor wants to help more buy health insurance

U.S. 05/14/19, 18:35

Sydney Winlock owns a small business with his wife in Northern California, and they had a strange conversation recently: Should they make less money so they can afford their health insurance?The couple makes too much money to qualify for help from the federal government in paying their monthly insurance premiums, ...

Violence, poverty reign in Honduran city where caravans form

America 05/12/19, 23:02

In the dusty, dimly lit neighborhoods of San Pedro Sula, everyone knows the unwritten rules: There are places you don't go without permission. If driving, roll down the windows so gang members and their lookouts can see who is inside. It's safest to stay home after nightfall, leaving the streets ...

Florida governor signs bill for new private school vouchers

U.S. 05/09/19, 15:35

Florida Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis on Thursday signed into law a bill creating a new voucher program for thousands of low- and middle-income students to attend private and religious schools using taxpayer dollars traditionally spent on public schools.The $130 million Family Empowerment Scholarship program was a top priority for the ...

John Singleton’s work influenced generation, urban style

U.S. 04/30/19, 14:37

NNJohn Singleton brought issues of urban poverty and gang violence gripping South Central Los Angeles in the early 1990s to mainstream audiences with his classic "Boyz n the Hood."FILE - This July 20, 2005 file photo shows John Singleton, left, a producer for the film "Hustle & Flow," with actress ...

Global migrants’ journey stalls in southern Mexico

World 04/28/19, 12:51

Thousands fleeing conflict or poverty in Nigeria, Cameroon, Bangladesh, Haiti and Cuba have traveled across oceans, through the jungles and mountains of South America, up through Central America, on a route that — so far — ends here: the steamy, crumbling Mexican city of Tapachula, near the Guatemala border. Over 1,500 ...

Moroccans protest prison sentences of anti-poverty activists

Africa 04/21/19, 11:18

Thousands of demonstrators in Morocco are condemning prison sentences given to the leader of the Hirak Rif anti-poverty movement and dozens of other activists.The demonstration brought one of the main avenues of the Moroccan capital, Rabat, to a standstill on Sunday. Security forces kept watch as participants sang, "The people ...

Film explores rural health care amid poverty, opioid crisis

Entertainment 04/07/19, 10:19

A new documentary explores the world of rural health care amid poverty and a persistent opioid crisis. "The Providers," set to air on the PBS Independent Lens series this week, looks at the challenges three health care workers in rural New Mexico face as they provide services to aging patients and ...

Billionaire gives $100 million to fund Connecticut education

U.S. 04/05/19, 11:05

One of the world's wealthiest couples announced Friday they are donating $100 million to support public education and new businesses in some of Connecticut's most disadvantaged communities.The contribution from hedge fund billionaire Ray Dalio and his wife, Barbara, is believed to be the largest known philanthropic donation to the state, ...

UN task force: Global finance overhaul key to end poverty

Enviroment 04/04/19, 17:27

A U.N. task force comprising more than 60 international organizations called Thursday for an overhaul of national and international financial systems, warning that current arrangements can't tackle climate change, poverty, inequality and other urgent development issues.The task force — including the International Monetary Fund, World Bank Group and World Trade ...

UN rights envoy says Laos focus on big projects hurting poor

Business 03/28/19, 02:28

A United Nations human rights expert has urged communist-ruled Laos to focus less on foreign-invested dam and railway contracts and devote more resources to helping its children and the poor.The U.N. rapporteur on poverty, Philip Alston, said Thursday that Laos' impoverished economy can only thrive if its leaders do a ...

Poor People’s Campaign to launch bus tour in South Carolina

U.S. 03/22/19, 09:03

The Poor People's Campaign is launching a national bus tour of poverty-stricken areas to bring attention to what they call the "real crises" or "interlocking injustices" afflicting the country including systematic racism, poverty, voter suppression and ecological devastation."The war on poverty is not over. It was assassinated. It was defunded. ...

3 years on, what’s become of the EU-Turkey migration deal?

Europe 03/20/19, 04:01

In March 2016, European governments breathed a sigh of relief as the European Union reached a deal with Turkey designed to stop hundreds of thousands of refugees and migrants heading into the heart of Europe. For many of those who had fled war, hunger and poverty hoping for a bright ...

Italian populists launch welfare program for poor, jobless

Europe 03/06/19, 06:31

Italy's populist government has launched its new minimum income welfare program, fulfilling a key campaign promise of the 5-Star Movement to help reduce poverty and spur employment in the eurozone's third-largest economy.The so-called "citizen's income" is essentially a new system of welfare and unemployment benefits for residents whose household monthly ...

Poor People’s Campaign to hold bus tours of poverty areas

Politics 02/25/19, 06:01

A leader of the Poor People's Campaign says the social justice movement is planning bus tours of poverty-stricken areas in more than 20 states to refocus the country on what he says are its true emergencies. The Rev. William Barber of North Carolina says the tours will begin at the end ...

‘Everybody suffers too much:’ Nigeria heads to the polls

Africa 02/15/19, 15:57

As Nigerians prepared to vote for president on Saturday, Sister Meg Odeh looked up from a selection of pineapples laid out at a fume-choked roadside market and considered the fate of her country. She ticked off the sprawling problems facing Africa's most populous nation: insecurity, poverty, corruption. "I'm just praying for ...

In Nigeria, election spectacle at odds with rampant poverty

Africa 02/15/19, 04:05

On the eve of Nigeria's election on Saturday, the spectacle of campaign expenditure is at odds with the rampant poverty afflicting many.The lack of campaigning in impoverished areas contrasts with the election-time bustle of downtown Abuja, where the capital's streets are adorned with colorful posters of presidential candidates and where ...

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