Great Causes

The state of motherhood around the world

The state of motherhood around the world

Mercedes White If there is one thing Carolyn Miles knows, it’s that mothers — no matter if they’re in the United States, Pakistan or Nigeria — are fundamentally the same. “Every night, millions of mothers around the world lean over...

 

Microsavings are building wealth penny by penny

Microsavings are building wealth penny by penny

Activists say microsavings can also reach the poorest of the poor, far outside the reaches of the formal banking system, reported the Washington Post. Mercedes White Bill Gates once said, “If you are poor by birth, it is not your fault....

 

Infant mortality declines in the U.S., CDC report says, but problems still exist

Infant mortality declines in the U.S., CDC report says, but problems still exist

Infant mortality rates in America fell by 12 percent between 2005 and 2011, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (Mustafa Quraishi, Associated Press) Mercedes White Infant mortality rates in America...

 

Expanding Medicaid doesn’t improve physical health, Oregon study finds

Expanding Medicaid doesn’t improve physical health, Oregon study finds

In this July 12, 2012 photo, two women wait in an exam room at Nuestra Clinica Del Valle, in San Juan, Texas. Health care policy wonks were sent into a bit of a dither this week when the New England Journal of Medicine published a study finding...

 

No strings attached: How one nonprofit is helping the poor by giving them cash

No strings attached: How one nonprofit is helping the poor by giving them cash

A Kenyan woman shows the message that appears on her phone when her GiveDirectly funds are available. (GiveDirectly) Mercedes White Paul Niehaus was pursuing a Ph.D. in developmental economics when he and his wife decided to give a portion...

 

Ending extreme poverty: Group hopes $1.50 challenge raises awareness for plight of world’s poorest people

Ending extreme poverty: Group hopes $1.50 challenge raises awareness for plight of world’s poorest people

The World Bank estimates that for 1.2 billion people, 21 percent of the global population, life is all about choosing between spending money on food or facing starvation. (courtesy: Sydney Pedersen) Mercedes White Deciding between paying for...

 

Poor no more? Oxford study says global poverty decreasing

Poor no more? Oxford study says global poverty decreasing

Beggars wait to receive food distributed at a temple, in Allahabad, India, Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2007. (Rajesh Kumar Singh, ASSOCIATED PRESS) Mercedes White The world’s poorest people are becoming significantly better off, according to...

 

Microcredit founder says business can end poverty

Microcredit founder says business can end poverty

Muhammad Yunus in 2006 (Keizo Mori, UPI/Landov) Mercedes White Many Americans may not recognize Muhammad Yunus’ name but they have heard of his work. Yunus, who won the Congressional Gold Medal on Wednesday, is considered the father...

 

America’s debtors’ prisons: Poor people in Ohio being locked up for failure to pay debts, ACLU says

America’s debtors’ prisons: Poor people in Ohio being locked up for failure to pay debts, ACLU says

Courts in Ohio are illegally throwing poor people in jail for being unable to pay their debts, a new report by the Ohio chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union says. (Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News) Mercedes White Courts in Ohio are...

 

Why encourage college but not marriage?

Why encourage college but not marriage?

In the United States there is a strong college wage premium: people who go to college make more money on average than people who don’t. There is also a marriage wage premium, which is roughly as significant and as consistent as the college...