A call to action: how you can help solve America’s homelessness crisis

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A call to action: how you can help solve America’s homelessness crisis

Homelessness is reaching levels that should not be tolerated in one of the richest countries in the world. California is home to one-fifth of the nation’s homeless people. Hawaii has a higher per-capita rate of homelessness than any other state. Portland and Seattle have declared a state of emergency as they would for a natural disaster.

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Could special economic zones be a win-win for refugees and host countries alike?

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Could special economic zones be a win-win for refugees and host countries alike?

Less than 1 percent of refugees are resettled to third countries, and those that flee to neighbouring countries to a conflict are normally confined to camps, where they aren’t given access to formal labour markets, are not legally allowed to work and are not legally allowed to start their own businesses, except in rare circumstances.

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Ethereum financial inclusion app Humaniq announces public token sale

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Ethereum financial inclusion app Humaniq announces public token sale

Our aim is to empower a market of 2 billion people who cur-
rently don’t have access to banking across the world. Almost half the
world — over three billion people — live on less than $2.50 a day.
At least 80% of humanity lives on less than $10 a day. More than
80 percent of the world’s population lives in countries where income
differentials are widening

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Fintech with Impact: Kenya taps mobile-money platforms to issue infrastructure bond

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Fintech with Impact: Kenya taps mobile-money platforms to issue infrastructure bond

The three-year bond, called M-Akiba, can be bought by phone users without any need for a bank account. The issue is likely to be monitored by treasuries in other emerging economies, most of which would like to broaden sources of borrowing beyond banks and other financial institutions.

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Colombia leads the developing world in signing the first social impact bond contracts

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Colombia leads the developing world in signing the first social impact bond contracts

The SIB will support a range of employment measures, including skills training, psychosocial support, and intermediation services for job placement and retention for 514 vulnerable individuals. While two Development Impact Bonds (DIBs) have been implemented in Peru
and India, a distinguishing feature of a SIB is that the outcome funder is a government entity. The Colombian Government’s Department of Social Prosperity (Prosperidad Social) will provide a portion of the outcome funds.

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