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Third-Party Randomized Controlled Trial Validates Village Enterprise Model
World-class povery research group Innovations for Poverty Action (another of TLYCS's Recommended Nonprofits) released the results of Village Enterprise’s four-year, independent Randomized Controlled Trial last month at events at the World Bank in Washington D.C. and in Kampala, Uganda.   A Randomized Controlled Trial (RCT) is considered the “gold standard” of evidence in the social sciences for measuring the dire...
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Share the gift of clean water for World Water Day
This World Water Day (March 22nd), we remember the value of the water we have. While water is often available across remote locations, the safety of that water is harder to guarantee. Dispensers for Safe Water, one of Evidence Action’s key programs,  provides access to safe water for nearly 5 million people across Kenya, Uganda, and Malawi. The program places chlorine dispensers near public water sources, allowing individuals to pour a...
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Possible and Nepal’s National Health Insurance Act
Parts of this article previously appeared in Health Affairs Blogs of May 21, 2105 and November 1, 2017 How to pay for, regulate, and address inequities in access to health care remains a fundamental challenge to countries around the globe. New and disruptive medical technologies, mass migration, emerging infectious diseases, and growing income inequalities all demand flexibility and forward-thinking on the part of those involved in improving h...
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IPA Studies A Mass Media Campaign Reduced Violence Against Women in Rural Uganda
Governments and organizations around the world employ media messaging to effect behavioral and attitudinal change. In Uganda, Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA) worked with researchers to evaluate whether videos encouraging communities to speak out about and counter violence against women (VAW) in the household could change behavior, attitudes and norms related to VAW. In surveys conducted eight months after the intervention, the proportion of ...
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GiveDirectly: Can Universal Basic Income Eliminate Poverty?
GiveDirectly delivers unconditional (no strings attached) cash transfers to some of the world’s poorest households. Recipients receive payments in digital currency and are empowered to spend the money based on their own prioritization. Independent randomized trials show that cash delivered in this manner has significant effects on a broad range of outcomes, including income, assets, and psychological well-being. To up the ante, literally...
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One Acre Fund: Advocating for Farmers on Capitol Hill
Ensuring that millions of smallholder farming families around the world have the tools they need to be successful is a big job -- requiring the support of a wide variety of stakeholders. The U.S. in particular has an important role to play, as the world’s single-biggest funder of global food security programs. We know from experience that foreign assistance for hunger and poverty alleviation can create big changes. Farmers represe...
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GAIN Premix Facility helps producers to iodize salt in Kyrgystan
In Kyrgystan, GAIN’s Premix Facility is helping salt producers to manage the costs of iodization. “Before we worked with GAIN, our salt producers had to pay for potassium iodate up front and it was also a lot in taxes. Cash flow for the business was difficult. Through the GAIN Premix Facility, we can buy potassium iodate on credit and the price competes with informally imported and lower quality potassium iodate. We can...
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SCI: Strengthening health systems to tackle schistosomiasis
by Demran Ali, Senior Communications Manager, Schistosomiasis Control Initiative, Imperial College London SCI has been working with the Ministry of Health in Cote d'Ivoire to strengthen and develop its health systems to help combat schistosomiasis. The World Health Organization has identified six key building blocks which make up a strong health system: leadership and governance; health care financing; health workforce; medical pro...
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Designing Medical Devices for the Poorest Four Billion
This article is from D-Rev, one of The Life You Can Save's new recommendations for 2018. The piece first appeared in the Huffington Post as an updated version of one published in the World Economic Forum’s blog. by Krista Donaldson, D-Rev Chief Executive Officer Let’s say you have developed a great prototype, but the prototype needs to get to market. It needs to get to commercialization. Commercialization is key to...
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Vitamin A Expert at the Forefront of HKI’s Work
Courtney Meyer, Helen Keller International Helen Keller International’s first foray into malnutrition work was through vitamin A supplementation (VAS). Now years later, the organization’s continued leadership in this area has been facilitated by a nutritional epidemiologist named Dr. Rolf Klemm.  Research completed in the 1970s by Dr. Albert Sommer demonstrated that vitamin A deficiency was highly correlated with child...
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