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Global Issues

 

Innovations that address global challenges such as education, environment, and health

 

Human Rights

The State of Diversity

As Obama addresses the most diverse Congress in history, a look at the state of diversity in the union of philanthropy.

By Jasmine McGinnis | 2 | Feb. 12, 2013
 

Education

What’s Holding Back Mobile Phones for Education?

Mobile broadband will revolutionize learning networks around content delivery and workforce development.

By Linda Raftree & Nick Martin | 1 | Feb. 11, 2013
 

Health

Accelerating Innovation and Impact in Global Health

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Environment

Resilience Meets Disaster Economics

Investing to stop disasters before they start can save lives and money.

By Neal Keny-Guyer | Feb. 6, 2013
 
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Economic Development

Weathering Climate Change: The Role of Local Currencies

Local currency systems could strengthen metro economies and provide funds to address climate change and other urban problems.

By John Boik | Feb. 5, 2013
 

Education

A First Step for Ed Reform: Getting the Metrics Right

Many programs targeting low-performing students rely on data that doesn’t indicate a real understanding of impact on students’ lives.

By Alexa Culwell | 8 | Feb. 4, 2013
 

Measuring Social Impact

Measuring Impact Through Field Experiments

It is important to remember that while all this studying is great, innovators should place a higher priority on helping people when some program or product is effective.

By Aishwarya Lakshmi Ratan | Jan. 25, 2013
 

Measuring Social Impact

How to Ask the Right Questions

Who is the target population for a microcredit intervention? Your answer will depend largely on where you sit: Academics and microfinance institutions will be interested in different groups of people.

By Jenny Stefanotti | Jan. 25, 2013
 

Measuring Social Impact

Measuring Impact Over Time

It is perhaps no coincidence that the development community’s biggest successes—eradication initiatives like polio and smallpox—are precisely the ones that made monitoring central to their work.

By Ned Breslin | Jan. 25, 2013
 

Measuring Social Impact

The Mismeasure of Impact

Data scientists and information economists are beginning to pair with social innovators to understand the dynamics of interventions and to separate what works from what doesn’t.

By Andrew Zolli | 4 | Jan. 25, 2013