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africaChallenge of eliminating global extreme poverty

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The drop in poverty from the 1980s to present was mainly driven by just two countries: China and India. The statistics for China are especially mind-blowing: In 1981, a staggering 88 percent of Chinese were extremely poor, but by 2013 …

chinaChina putting controlling financial risk, reducing poverty and curbing pollution over GDP growth

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China is willing to accept some weakness in GDP growth to focus on making strides in the next three years around three priorities. The priorities are * controlling financial risk * reducing poverty * curbing pollution China will clean-up of …

alibabaAlibaba starts $1.5 billion anti-poverty fund

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Alibaba Group on Friday launched a 10 billion yuan (US$1.51 billion) fund to support China’s ambitious poverty alleviation campaign. The Alibaba Poverty Relief Fund will have the $1.51 billion donated over the next five years. China has already lifted more …

educationOne hundred $100,000 grants for innovative poverty and education solutions

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Over a three-year period, Misk Grand Challenges plans to launch new challenges every six months. They will be offering 100 young innovators across the world a grant of $100,000 to develop their ingenious ideas into a concrete proof of concept. …

africaUsing 64 watts instead of 10,000 for a solar power cellular base station to connect the last billion people

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The next billion cellular connections will come from rural areas in developing markets. However, building the cellular infrastructure in these regions presents radically different challenges from building networks in urban areas: The power grid in these areas is unreliable, if …

deathsLancet report indicates 9 million pollution deaths per year and $4.6 trillion per year in damage

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For decades, pollution and its harmful effects on people’s health, the environment, and the planet have been neglected both by Governments and the international development agenda. Yet, pollution is the largest environmental cause of disease and death in the world …

blockchainBlockchain provides financial and basic service access to the 1.1 billion globally undocumented

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Finland has recently seen a large influx of asylum seekers, is using a cryptographic ledger called blockchain to help them get on their feet faster. For two years the Finnish Immigration Service has been giving asylum seekers who don’t have …

diseaseGlobal diarrhea deaths down by a third since 2005 but still kill 1.3 million each year

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The number of children dying worldwide of diarrhea fell by a third between 2005 and 2015, researchers have found. The study says better access to clean water and sanitation is key, with fewer weak and malnourished children becoming infected. New …

povertyMurderous Paramilitary enforcers for Venezuela’s President

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The New York Times reports that members of armed bands who have become key enforcers for President Nicolás Maduro as he attempts to crush a growing protest movement against his rule. The groups, called collectives or colectivos in Spanish, originated …

batteriesCRISPR gene editing is undergoing rapid development and improvement

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Applications of the genome editing system CRISPR are appearing at a furious pace, and gathering momentum toward therapeutic use in human cells. Indeed, Chinese scientists recently began a human clinical trial using CRISPR-edited cells to fight lung cancer, and U.S. …