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'Consumer Goods and Deforestation: An Analysis of the Extent and Nature of Illegality in Forest Conversion for Agriculture and Timber Plantations'
October 14, 2014
Commercial agriculture was responsible for more than 70 percent of all tropical deforestation, much of it illegal, that occurred between 2000 and 2012, a report from Forest Trends finds. The report, Consumer Goods and Deforestation: An Analysis of the Extent and Nature of Illegality in Forest Conversion for Agriculture and Timber Plantations (158...
Reducing Intimate Partner Violence Through Leveraging Cultural Values
October 8, 2014
While the problem of intimate partner violence (IPV) affects communities in every country, mainstream interventions designed to prevent such violence do not address the specific needs of immigrant and refugee communities, a policy brief from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation finds. Based on the foundation's evaluation of eight IPV prevention...
'Impact Investment: The Invisible Heart of Markets'
October 5, 2014
Governments have an important role to play in maximizing the effectiveness of social impact investments, a report from the Social Impact Investment Taskforce argues. The report, Impact Investment: The Invisible Heart of Markets (31 pages, PDF), calls on governments to facilitate the flow of resources and talent to the impact investment sector;...
'Family Engagement and Education: A Research Scan and Recommendations'
October 2, 2014
Any effort to improve public education must also build trust between schools and students' families and engage parents and community-based organizations in reform efforts, a report from the Annenberg Institute for School Reform at Brown University finds. The report, Family Engagement and Education (47 pages, PDF), examined the school reform...
'Close-Range Gunfire Around DC Schools'
September 26, 2014
During the 2011-12 school year, 54 percent of the public schools in Washington, D.C., with gunshot detection technology reported at least one gunfire incident within a thousand feet of their campuses during school hours, while 30 percent reported one within five hundred feet, a report from the Urban Institute finds. The report, Close-Range...
'Better Growth, Better Climate: The New Climate Economy Report'
September 23, 2014
Rapid technological innovation and new investment in infrastructure has made it possible for rich and poor countries alike to address climate change without sacrificing economic performance, a report from the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate argues. The report, Better Growth, Better Climate: The New Climate Economy Report (72 pages,...
'Participatory Grant Making: A Success Story From Southern Africa'
September 20, 2014
An effort to include outside nonprofit practitioners in the evaluation of grant applications resulted in thirty-two awards to organizations working to advance human rights in five countries in southern Africa, a report from the Johannesburg-based Other Foundation finds. The report, Participatory Grant Making: A Success Story from Southern Africa...
'Digital Journalism: Making News, Breaking News'
September 14, 2014
Journalists around the world trying to do their job face a range of obstacles, including political interference, shrinking resources, lack of affordable access to the Internet, and worsening labor conditions as a result of policies, laws, and regulations that are either inadequate or repressive, a report from the Open Society Foundations' Mapping...