Microcredit pioneer Muhammad Yunus has written his second book, Creating A World Without Poverty. The book outlines his concept of a “social business” serving the needs of the poor, and is critical of those who call themelves social entrepreneurs, but who operate with a profit motive. The book also provides an overview of the first [...]
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The U.S. Bishops have sent a letter calling on Congress and the President to work together “to find effective ways to protect the poorest families and low wage workers from financial hardship during this economic downturn.” Read the letter. Related FAMVIN Posts:No Related FAMVIN Posts
The World Economic Forum closed today. Its Web site includes links to videos, summaries of the sessions, and publications of the Forum, including their “Global Risk Report” for 2008. Visit the site or go directly to the page of risk reports. Related FAMVIN Posts:No Related FAMVIN Posts
Nicolas Kristof writes about young social entrepreneurs making a difference around the world. He calls them “some of the most interesting people here at the World Economic Forum (not only because theyâ€™re half the age of everyone else).” Read more. Related FAMVIN Posts:No Related FAMVIN Posts
Promising results in Mali malaria vaccine trial Gates Foundation grants for small scale farm programs in Africa and Asia The Partnership for Prescription Assistance paid a visit to Ironton, USA Related FAMVIN Posts:No Related FAMVIN Posts
At the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum in Switzerland, world business leaders “vowed to make 2008 a landmark year in the fight against poverty” and Bill Gates provided examples of the kind of “creative capitalism” that can help alleviate entrenched poverty and inequality. Read here and here. Related FAMVIN Posts:No Related FAMVIN Posts
Yesterday the U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill expressing the sense of Congress “that the United States has a moral responsibility to meet the needs of those persons, groups and communities that are impoverished, disadvantaged or otherwise in poverty” and calling for the U.S. to “set a national goal of cutting poverty in half [...]
Stories of Systemic Change (This marks the fifth in a series of 10 Vincentian family projects that will be described by Fr. Robert Maloney, Chair of the Systemic Change initiative in the Vincentian Family.) 5. San JosÃ© de Ocoa Water now flows to over 100 villages, lush and green with new farmland. Nutrition in the [...]
The need for reliable and inexpensive transportation poses a problem for many working poor, particularly in rural areas. The “Work-n-Wheels” program in Wisconsin is helping to meet that need by providing interest-free loans to people who wouldn’t otherwise qualify for loans from institutional lenders, along with counseling and other budgeting assistance. Read about the program. [...]
The Community Action Partnership, aided by U.S. local, state and national leaders, has developed a campaign to reduce poverty. Its report offers action themes and specific strategies to help all those “who are vulnerable to poverty, economic deprivation, and other significant barriers to economic self-sufficiency.” Read the story. Related FAMVIN Posts:No Related FAMVIN Posts
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