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'Global Youth Wellbeing Index'
April 17, 2014
A significant majority of young people between the ages of 10 and 24 live in countries with low levels of youth well-being, a report from the Center for Strategic and International Studies and the International Youth Foundation finds. Based on forty indicators of youth-specific outcomes, supportiveness of the environment, and satisfaction in the...
'Sustainable Fisheries Financing Strategies'
April 14, 2014
Impact investment strategies targeting sustainable local and national fishery management systems not only have the potential to help address food insecurity in poor coastal populations but also could strengthen social cohesion, local leadership capacity, access to financial capital, and the political voice of those communities, a report from EKO...
'Emerging Nations Embrace Internet, Mobile Technology'
April 11, 2014
Although Internet penetration rates are somewhat uneven, mobile technology in most emerging economies has become an essential feature of everyday life, a report from the Pew Research Center finds. Based on a Global Attitudes Project survey, the report, Emerging Nations Embrace Internet, Mobile Technology (43 pages, PDF), found that a majority of...
'Coastal Blue Carbon Opportunity Assessment for the Snohomish Estuary'
April 8, 2014
Restoring coastal wetland ecosystems would contribute to a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions, increase carbon sequestration, and help mitigate the worst effects of global climate change, a report from Restore America's Estuaries finds. Based on a case study of the Snohomish Estuary in Washington State, the report, Coastal Blue Carbon...
'Worth a Thousand Words: How to Display Health Data'
April 5, 2014
The best way to visualize/share health data is to keep the message simple and the presentation visually engaging, a guide from the California HealthCare Foundation recommends. The guide, Worth a Thousand Words: How to Display Health Data (44 pages, PDF), suggests highlighting key facts and figures with style and brevity; presenting multiple data...
'Team Decision Making: Engaging Families in Placement Decisions'
April 2, 2014
When it comes to decisions about child removal or placement, the best way to help children is to involve them and their families, their support networks, and professionals in the decision, a case study from the Annie E. Casey Foundation finds. The report, Team Decision Making: Engaging Families in Placement Decisions (16 pages, PDF), examined how...
'People, Land, Arts, Culture, and Engagement: Taking Stock of the PLACE Initiative'
March 30, 2014
Public art, cultural celebrations and festivals, youth involvement with the arts, traditional arts apprenticeships, and other community-based arts and culture programs can help foster a sense of belonging, tolerance, cross-cultural understanding, and civic engagement in a community, a report from the Tucson Pima Arts Council finds. The report,...
'The Right to Dream: Promising Practices Improve Odds for Latino Men and Boys'
March 27, 2014
Priority issues for removing structural barriers to success for Latino men and boys include building assets among Latino families, creating pathways to careers, disconnecting the school-to-prison pipeline, and addressing the disproportionate health effects of environmental risks on communities of color, a report from Hispanics in Philanthropy and...
'Overview of Women's Status in Science'
March 24, 2014
While girls perform equally as well as boys in high school science classes in countries with high levels of gender integration, gender stereotypes continue to serve as a deterrent for women interested in a career in science, a report from the Boston Consulting Group and the L'Oréal Foundation finds. Based on data from seven countries, the...
'Social & Environmental Due Diligence: From the Impact Case to the Business Case'
March 21, 2014
Integrating social and environmental considerations into the due diligence process leads to improved financial results, a new issue brief from nonprofit lender Root Capital finds. The brief, Social & Environmental Due Diligence: From the Impact Case to the Business Case (14 pages, PDF), found that the social investment lender was able to...
Between Rhetoric and Reality: The Ongoing Struggle to Access Healthcare in Afghanistan
March 18, 2014
While there has been significant investment in and progress with respect to healthcare provision in Afghanistan since 2002, the insurgency in the country is causing widespread disruption to health services for civilians and exacerbating already high mortality rates, especially in remote areas, a report from Doctors Without Borders finds. Based on...
'Domestic Violence Counts 2013'
March 15, 2014
While more than 67,000 victims of domestic violence received assistance from shelters and services across the United States during one 24-hour period in 2013, nearly 10,000 others could not be helped due to a lack of resources, a report from the National Network to End Domestic Violence finds. Based on a survey of 1,649 domestic violence...