Investing in Young Adults Benefits All of Us

Without question, the War on Poverty significantly improved outcomes for older Americans. Their rates of poverty plummeted more than any other demographic. The social programs created during that period, including Medicare and Social Security, continue to help our elder population.

Today, we face another urgent challenge that will require the same level of commitment and investment. Nearly 6 million young adults in […]

Why It’s Cool to Invest in Girls

Could positive investments in girls be game-changing?

We think so. Harnessing the power and potential of girls is the aim of SPRING, a new project from the U.K. Department for International Development (DFID), Nike Foundation and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). SPRING will accelerate early to mid-stage ventures with products and services that improve the lives of girls in […]

Today’s Child Poverty Rates: Are We Using the Right Measure?

The official poverty measure was developed in 1963 by a former U.S. Social Security Administration employee who calculated a family’s needs by taking the costs of groceries, which consumed a higher share of a family’s budget back then, and multiplying it by three. At the time, food represented one-third of the expenses for many families.

Fortunately, we have a tool that […]

This Initiative Could Help 60,000 Poor Farmers

Farmers in the developing world will soon benefit from an effort aiming to pull their communities up the economic ladder.

The Enhanced Livelihoods Investment Initiative (ELII) could help improve the lives of as many as 60,000 local farmers throughout Africa, Latin America, South Asia and the Caribbean. Over a three-year period, at least $10 million will be used to launch and […]