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The War on Drugs Is Holding Science Back

August 4, 2017Naomi Burke-Shyne
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The Deep Roots of the U.S. Ban on Trans Soldiers

August 17, 2017Karen Stevenson

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The Children of Northern Ireland Should Grow Up Together

July 14, 2017 | Anna Clarke

For too long, Northern Ireland’s education system has encouraged a divided society. But a new initiative from the Integrated Education Fund is helping parents work together to build a peaceful future for their children.

Central Asia at History’s Crossroads

July 14, 2017 | Leonard Benardo

Central Asia’s long history of foreign and domestic repression is well known. Less appreciated, but just as important, is the on-the-ground progress happening across the region every day by civil society activists.

Investing in a Better Future for Zimbabwe’s Vulnerable Children

May 2, 2017 | Hillary Tanyanyiwa, Tembiwe Magadzo

Through early interventions, families taking part in an innovative program are seeing “magic” results.

Ukraine Fights Its Shortfall of Trust in Education

April 24, 2017 | Andreas Schleicher

An ambitious effort is underway to strengthen the country’s educational institutions and change incentive structures to address corruption.

Q&A: Inside the Campaign to Close Rikers

April 6, 2017

An independent commission helped advance a long-running drive to shutter the notorious New York City jail complex on Rikers Island. What happens next?

Children with Autism in Kyrgyzstan Gain a Helping Hand

March 31, 2017 | Tynymgul Eshieva

In a country where this vulnerable population is often denied adequate education and medical care, this organization is working to improve attitudes as well as access.

Rewriting the Book on Education Investment in Africa

March 27, 2017 | Sandrine Henton, Prateek Jain

A grassroots effort in East Africa is taking a new approach to impact investment in education. The project focuses on improving students’ lives outside of the classroom.

For Children with Disabilities, Global Funding for Education Falls Short

March 20, 2017 | Dragana Sretenov

Millions of children are missing out on education because governments are not investing enough money.

How “Raising the Age” Is Transforming Youth Justice

March 17, 2017 | Marcy Mistrett, Marc Schindler

The evidence is now in, and it’s clear: raising the age at which states define childhood keeps our communities and young people safer, and can be done while keeping costs in check.

Why Europe Can No Longer Afford to Ignore Inequality

February 28, 2017 | Stefano Scarpetta

A new report sheds light on the driving forces behind the rising wealth gap. Left unaddressed, the divide won’t just affect those at the bottom; it will mean a more fractious and unstable future for all.

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