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  • Anti-Poverty Group Funds CDCU Innovations

    The Credit Union Journal (login required) noted that IPA's U.S. Household Finance Initiative (USHFI) has funded three credit unions in its grants for 2012. Read about USHFI and the grantees here.

  • Ford Foundation Highlights Partnership with IPA's USHFI; CDCUs “Critical” to Financial Service Strategy

    Feb 07/12 | From the newsroom | CUinsight.com

    The website CUinsight.com, which is dedicated to the credit union community, posted a press release from the Ford Foundation about the Foundation's collaboration with IPA through the U.S. Household Finance Initiative (USHFI), which has funded seven organizations - including three credit unions - to expand access to products that help households make better financial decisions, escape cycles of debt, build assets and achieve financial resiliency. The press release noted that "community development credit unions (CDCUs) play [a critical role] in empowering low- and moderate-income communities across the nation." Read the full press release here.

  • Taking the Neglected out of Neglected Tropical Diseases

    On Monday 30th January in the largest coordinated effort of its type, 13 pharmaceutical companies, four governments and a host of international organisations including the Gates Foundation,...

  • School-based Deworming Program to be Launched in Delhi, India

    The Government of the National Capital Territory, Delhi, India has announced plans for a mass deworming day to be held on February 21. The school-based deworming program, to be launched by the Delhi Government with technical assistance from DtW...

  • Uniting to Combat Neglected Tropical Diseases

    On January 30, an expansive public-private initiative intended to halt the spread of neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) was launched in London. This coordinated effort, which includes 13 major pharmaceutical companies, several national...

  • Kenya National Deworming Program Expansion Announced at DtW event in Davos

    Deworm the World (DtW) was featured at a World Economic Forum event in Davos on January 27, 2011 to highlight key achievements of this Young Global Leader initiative. During the press conference, Prime Minister Raila Odinga announced the launch...

  • Deworm the World Featured at World Economic Forum in Davos

    Jan 26/12 | Announcement | 

    Deworm the World was featured on January 27th, 2012 at a World Economic Forum event in Davos. This press conference highlighted key achievements of this Young Global Leader initiative and featured exciting new commitments from partners to improve the lives of millions of children through school-based deworming.

    This is a thrilling new era for neglected tropical diseases, with Deworm the World and our global partners coming together on January 27th in Davos and Monday, January 30th at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation special event “Uniting to Combat Neglected Tropical Diseases” in London.  

    The live stream was available at the World Economic Forum at 1pm CET / 12pm GMT/ 7am EST at http://wef.ch/live.

    Deworm the World joined together with the Government of Kenya, USAID, and The Children’s Investment Fund Foundation at the event, to find out how we can make a difference in the fight against worms.

    More details below:

    A YGL Initiative: Deworm the World

    Friday 27 January; 13:00 - 13:30 CET
    Congress Centre, Press Conference Room
     

    The Deworm the World initiative of the World Economic Forum's Young Global Leaders improves the education and health of school-age children across the globe by supporting governments and development partners to expand school-based deworming programs. Building on its success in Kenya and India, plans were presented to expand the initiative to other countries. 

    The session included: 

    Speakers 

    • Raila Amolo Odinga, Prime Minister of Kenya 
    • Rajiv J. Shah, Administrator, US Agency for International Development (USAID), USA 
    • Jamie Cooper-Hohn, President and Chief Executive Officer, The Children's Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF), United Kingdom 
    • John Dutton, Deputy Head, Forum of Young Global Leaders, World Economic Forum, Switzerland 
    • Sriram Raghavan, Chief Executive Officer, InKlude Labs, India; Young Global Leader; and Deworm the World Board Member

    Moderated by 

    • Kai Bucher, Associate Director, Media, World Economic Forum, USA

     

  • A Boost for the World's Poorest Schools

    IPA and its partner organization J-PAL are working to improve the quality of education in post-conflict areas. Learn more about one recent experiment in this important field, and the successful results we found, here.

    Access to quality education, particularly primary education, is a crucial development component, especially in post-conflict areas. Conflict-affected countries are the furthest from achieving the six Education for All (EFA) goals and the Millennium Development Goals. More than 28 million children of primary school age living in conflict-affected areas do not have access to education, accounting for 42 percent of the world's out-of-school children.[i] Although in recent years school enrollment rates have increased in many post-conflict countries, reading, writing and numeracy skills are still below expected levels. One of the major challenges still facing the education sector in these areas is the struggle to determine ways to improve the quality of education once children do enroll in greater numbers. 

    With this challenge in mind, Poverty Action Lab is leading the way in the effort to identify effective interventions to improve the quality of primary education in these areas. To address the pervasive quality-issue of teacher absenteeism, Esther Duflo lead an experiment in sixty rural schools in India, where each day a student used a camera with a tamper-proof time and date stamp to take a photograph of the teacher in the classroom. The results of the experiment were very successful, with teachers in the program schools showing to have had half the absentee rate of those in comparison schools. Other success metrics, such as improved test scores, were also reported.

    Read more about IPA's work on education-based initiatives in post-conflict areas, including Afghanistan

     

  • Finalists in Canada top young philanthropist contest

    Abby Emdin, one of World Without Worms’ cofounders, was chosen as one of the top finalists in Canada’s Next Top Young Philanthropist Contest.

    World Without Worms has received warm words of support for their efforts from Deworm the World...

  • Another Facebook Co-Founder Gets Philanthropic

    According to The Chronicle of Philanthropy's Caroline Preston, "Some advice for nonprofits that want a piece of the Facebook fortune: Get yourself on GiveWell‘s list of effective charities."

    A new foundation called Good Ventures, started by Facebook Co-founder Dustin Moskovitz, is donating money to charities recommended by GiveWell. For those of you who have been following GiveWell's charity evaluation, they rated IPA as a top 8 "standout organization" for donations.

    Excerpt:

    [GiveWell board member Cari Tuna] wrote in a blog post last month that Good Ventures would donate $500,000 to the Against Malaria Foundation and $250,000 to the Schistosomiasis Control Initiative, the No. 1 and No. 2 charities as ranked by GiveWell.

    Other nonprofits on GiveWell’s list of “standout” organizations—GiveDirectly, Innovations for Poverty Action, KIPP Houston, Nyaya Health, Pratham, and the Small Enterprise Foundation—would get money from Good Ventures in the coming months, Ms. Tuna wrote.

    [...]

    “One simple idea—that all donors should be at least as thoughtful about our philanthropic investments as we are about our financial investments—has transformed the way I think about giving,” she says.

    Check out the full article here.

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