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Poverty in the United States – 50-Year Trends and Safety Net Impacts Report

HHS – “Poverty in the United States: 50-Year Trends and Safety Net Impacts presents analyses of the impact of the safety net on poverty rates and a close look at populations experiencing high risks of poverty during the 50 years since the War on Poverty began. The report highlights the increasing role of safety net programs in lifting families and children out of poverty between 1967 and 2012 by providing estimates of what poverty rates would have looked like had resources from government policies and programs not been available.

Data Tables (Excel)Data tables include rates of official and alternative poverty from 1964 to 2014 and supplemental poverty rates for 2014. The supplemental poverty measure examines individual safety net programs and shows how poverty rates would have increased if resources from specific safety net programs had not been available. The alternative poverty measure is based on the supplemental measure and fills the critical gap in knowledge necessary to evaluate the impact of the full federal safety net back to 1967. Official poverty rates are examined for different segments of the population. Over the past fifty years, children, single mothers and their families, Blacks and Hispanics, and individuals with lower levels of education have faced unique economic challenges…”

The Little Green Data Book 2016

World Bank new release: “The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) adopted in 2015 articulate a new global development agenda to eradicate poverty and shift the world onto a sustainable development path by 2030. The 17 SDGs and their 169 targets are designed as a web of inter-relationships and dependencies, where progress towards one goal can enhance… Continue Reading

Origins and Destinations of the World’s Migrants, from 1990-2015

Pew – “The figures in this interactive feature refer to the total number (or cumulative “stocks”) of migrants living around the world as of 1990, 2000, 2010 or 2015 rather than to the annual rate of migration (or current “flows”) in a given year. Since migrants have both an origin and a destination, international migrants… Continue Reading

The Urban Agenda for the EU: European cities get their say in EU policy making

News release: “Today, the informal Ministerial meeting on urban matters agreed on the “Pact of Amsterdam”, which sets out the principles of the Urban Agenda for the EU. Today, the Commission is taking part in the informal meeting in Amsterdam of the 28 Ministers in charge of urban matters, along with representatives from other EU… Continue Reading

GAO Report – Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting: U.S. Assistance to Combat This Harmful Practice Abroad Is Limited

Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting: U.S. Assistance to Combat This Harmful Practice Abroad Is Limited, GAO-16-485: Published: Apr 27, 2016. Publicly Released: May 19, 2016. “U.S. and United Nations (UN) studies since 2010 have identified a variety of factors contributing to the persistence of female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C). In many communities where FGM/C is prevalent, FGM/C is… Continue Reading

GAO Report – Retirement Security: Low Defined Contribution Savings May Pose Challenges

Low Defined Contribution Savings May Pose Challenges, GAO-16-408: Published: May 5, 2016. Publicly Released: May 5, 2016. “An estimated 40 percent of all U.S. households had some retirement savings in a defined contribution (DC) plan, such as a 401(k) plan, in 2013, and account balances varied by household income and race in recent years, according… Continue Reading

NYT – Top 10 Hedge Fund Chiefs Took Home a Combined $10.07 Billion

NYT DealBook: “Last year was tough for the swing-for-the-fences hedge fund managers who became synonymous with money-making in years past. Yet the top 25 hedge fund managers still took home nearly $13 billion in 2015, according to an annual ranking by Institutional Investor’s Alpha magazine. The pay estimates are based on the value of each… Continue Reading

Report – Opportunities to Reduce Vulnerability to Drought are Within Reach

“As extreme drought continues to hit much of Sub-Saharan Africa, leaving millions of people in need of emergency assistance, a new report led by the World Bank focuses on interventions that could increase long term resilience to drought. Launched at the First Great Green Wall Conference held in Dakar, the report Confronting Drought in Africa’s… Continue Reading

GAO Report – Retirement Security: Low Defined Contribution Savings May Pose Challenges

Retirement Security: Low Defined Contribution Savings May Pose Challenges, GAO-16-408: Published: May 5, 2016. Publicly Released: May 5, 2016. “An estimated 40 percent of all U.S. households had some retirement savings in a defined contribution (DC) plan, such as a 401(k) plan, in 2013, and account balances varied by household income and race in recent… Continue Reading

USDA Organic Survey 2014

“The 2014 Organic Survey is a Census Special Study conducted by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) in conjunction with USDA’s Risk Management Agency (RMA). This is the third organic production and practices survey NASS has conducted on the national level; the previous data collection efforts were the 2011 Certified… Continue Reading

Brookings – Twelve facts about food insecurity and SNAP

Diane Whitmore Schanzenbach, Lauren Bauer and Greg Nantz – “One in seven households was food insecure in 2014 – meaning that at some time during the year the household had difficulty providing enough food for all their members due to a lack of resources. To explore the persistent and troubling problem of hunger in America,… Continue Reading

Crime in 2015: A Final Analysis

Brennan Center for Justice: Ames Grawert and James Cullen – “This analysis provides final crime data to update the report, Crime in 2015: A Preliminary Analysis. It finds the same conclusions as that report (and its December 2015 update), with slightly different percentages.” Summary of Findings: “The analysis examines crime in the 30 largest cities… Continue Reading