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Yes, microlending reduces extreme poverty A small boost in microlending to the developing world could lift more than 10.5 million people out of extreme poverty. That’s one conclusion of my study, published last month in The B.E. Journal of Macroeconomics, which found that microfinance not only reduces how many households live in poverty but also how poor they are. Media Literacy Lesson Plan and Activity for High School Teaching Materials Weeklong Assignment: What is My Media Consumption? My Media Consumption Chart Directions: For one week, use the provided chart and keep track of shows, movies, ads, articles, news stories, anything in the media that you pay attention to regularly, and media items that happen to grab your attention. Follow-Up Assignment

The Ecologist Top 10 foods to forage Thanks to modern agricultural methods, foraging – once a part of the majority’s daily life – has faded away, replaced by regular trips to the supermarket instead. Recently, however, there has been a revival of interest in raiding nature’s larder thanks to increased awareness of the health benefits of wild food, not to mention the TV exploits of Bear Grylls, Ray Mears and co. But it foraging is about more than just food. It gets us out into the countryside and helps to cultivate an intimate appreciation of nature, re-establishing a connection severed by modern urban life. But for the beginner, foraging should come with a health warning as it’s easy to mistake a deadly fungus for an innocent field mushroom. While wild food is generally good for you, taking precautions and getting some tips and advice from experienced foragers is essential.

The Stanford Center for the Study of Poverty and Inequality - SCSPI The Stanford Center on Poverty and Inequality (CPI), one of three National Poverty Centers, is a nonpartisan research center dedicated to monitoring trends in poverty and inequality, explaining what's driving those trends, and developing science-based policy on poverty and inequality. CPI supports research by new and established scholars, trains the next generation of scholars and policy analysts, and disseminates the very best research on poverty and inequality. The current economic climate makes CPI activities and research especially important. The following are a few critical poverty and inequality facts:

India - World Toilet Organization In late 2011, World Toilet Organization established its SaniShop model in India to increase access of rural households to safe and affordable sanitation. On the ground, we work closely with our local implementing partners eKutir, a social business, based out of Odisha, and Sattva , a media and social business consulting firm based out of Bangalore. Our pilot project was set up in Odisha where eKutir had established its strong rural base. By deploying eKutir’s micro-entrepreneurs to further SaniShop’s mission in providing safe and affordable sanitation to the rural population, this partnership allows the World Toilet Organization and eKutir to create more livelihoods, boost health and dignity among the farming households. eKutir has been able to establish 25 micro-entrepreneurs working for the sanitation cause in three different states of India.

The Problem With U.S. Media Coverage Of The Gun Control Debate The second amendment to the United States Constitution provides law-abiding citizens the right to legally possess firearms. In today’s world, conservatives usually support limited restrictions on gun control, while liberals would prefer more limitations on guns. With statistics on gun usage in the United States, statistics on gun usage in other countries, mass shootings that have occurred, and stories that are spread about both positive and negative gun use, the debate on gun control has become a highly contested and highly controversial topic within the United States.

These three firms own corporate America A fundamental change is underway in stock market investing, and the spin-off effects are poised to dramatically impact corporate America. In the past, individuals and large institutions mostly invested in actively managed mutual funds, such as Fidelity, in which fund managers pick stocks with the aim of beating the market. But since the financial crisis of 2008, investors have shifted to index funds, which replicate established stock indices, such as the S&P 500. The magnitude of the change is astounding: from 2007 to 2016, actively managed funds have recorded outflows of roughly US$1,200 billion, while index funds had inflows of over US$1,400 billion.

Yes, giving money to very poor people will make their lives better — just ask Ecuador Is eradicating poverty, a goal the United Nations’ hopes to achieve by 2030, actually feasible? New research out of Ecuador says yes – if governments are willing to pay for it. According to a United Nations University (UNU) - Merit study of Ecuador’s Human Development Bonus (Bono de Desarrollo Humano, or BDH), direct cash transfers have definitively improved social mobility, or the ability of individuals or households to move between social strata. Getting Duped: How the Media Messes with Your Mind IN 2003 nearly half of all Americans falsely assumed that the U.S. government had found solid evidence for a link between Iraq and al Qaeda. What is more, almost a quarter of us believed that investigators had all but confirmed the existence of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, according to a 2003 report by the University of Maryland’s Program on International Policy Attitudes and Knowledge Networks, a polling and market research firm. How did the true situation in Iraq become so grossly distorted in American minds? Many people have attributed such misconceptions to a politically motivated disinformation campaign to engender support for the armed struggle in Iraq. We do not think the deceptions were premeditated, however.

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