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World Bank Opens Online Archives Holdings

Elisa Liberatori Prati – World Bank – “In April 2015, as part of its commitment to transparency and openness, the World Bank Group launched its Archives Holdings website. This is a state-of-the-art platform, which maximizes the public’s online access to a vast amount of original primary source material in the custody of the Archives. Created using the Access to Memory open source software, the website facilitates a faster, more efficient, and personalized online service delivery model. The software serves as a catalog that provides basic information about the resources of the Archives, and it is equipped with user-friendly finding aids compliant with the International Standard for Archival Description. The website delivers an increasing quantity of digitized records from the early 1940s onward, making them available for the first time to public users who cannot come to the Archives reading room in Washington, D.C.”

Where have all the wildlife gone?

UN Resolution on Wildlife Trade – 30 July 2015 – “Recognizing that wild animals and plants are an “irreplaceable part of the natural systems of the Earth,” the United Nations General Assembly today urged its Member States to take decisive steps to prevent, combat and eradicate the illegal trade in wildlife, “on both the supplyContinue Reading

America’s Children: Key National Indicators of Well-Being, 2015 “The number of American infants born before the 37th week of pregnancy dropped slightly in 2013, as did the percentage of children with asthma under the age of 17. The percentage of teens who experienced a major depressive episode increased. These and other findings are described in America’s Children: Key National Indicators of Well-Being,Continue Reading

New Report Finds Economic Conditions in Cities Are Improving

“Even as economic conditions in cities have improved in the years since the Great Recession, a new study from the National League of Cities (NLC) found that many factors — including lack of affordable housing, poverty, and skill and achievement gaps — are impeding the long-term economic sustainability of cities. Cities and Unequal Recovery, an analysis basedContinue Reading

Millions of Children Living in High-Poverty Areas

Annie E. Casey Foundation: “The 2015 KIDS COUNT Data Book reports that 14% of children — 10.1 million total — are now living in areas of concentrated poverty.  These numbers represent an unsettling trend: An increase of nearly 4 million more children living in high-poverty areas since 2000.  State-by-state, the percentage of children living inContinue Reading

Living Standards, Poverty and Inequality in the UK: 2015

UK Institute for Fiscal Studies – Living Standards, Poverty and Inequality in the UK: 2015. Chris Belfield, Jonathan Cribb, Andrew Hood, Robert Joyce.July 2015. “Average incomes are edging up slowly after falling sharply after the Great Recession. Income inequality has fallen back to levels last seen one or two decades ago. Relative poverty is lowerContinue Reading

Confronting Suburban Poverty in America – data from new book

Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program – via the blog for the book, Confronting Suburban Poverty in America: “Between 2000 and 2012, poverty grew and re-concentrated in parts of metropolitan areas that were farther from jobs, particularly in suburbs, which are now home to more than half of the poor residents of the country’s 100 largest metroContinue Reading

HUD – Family Options Study for Homeless Families

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development | Office of Policy Development and Research: Family Options Study – Short-Term Impacts of Housing and Services Interventions for Homeless Families, July 2015. “The study examines four interventions: 1. Permanent housing subsidy, or SUB, usually a housing choice voucher (HCV), could include assistance to find housing but noContinue Reading

Commentary – The Logic of Effective Altruism

Peter Singer – The Boston Review:  “A minimally acceptable ethical life involves using a substantial part of one’s spare resources to make the world a better place, July 6, 2015: “Effective altruism is based on a very simple idea: we should do the most good we can. Obeying the usual rules about not stealing, cheating,Continue Reading

The State of Safety Nets 2015

World Bank – July 8, 2015 — “Some 136 countries are now investing in social safety nets and the number is growing. A new study finds such programs reduce poverty by 8%. Yet only one-third of the world’s poor benefit from safety nets. The State of Safety Nets 2015

World Bank Report – Global Economic Prospects

“Developing countries face a series of tough challenges in 2015, including the looming prospect of higher borrowing costs as they adapt to a new era of low prices for oil and other key commodities, resulting in a fourth consecutive year of disappointing economic growth this year, says the World Bank Group’s latest Global Economic ProspectsContinue Reading

Study – Poverty Among Seniors

Kaiser Foundation – Poverty Among Seniors: An Updated Analysis of National and State Level Poverty Rates Under the Official and Supplemental Poverty Measures. June 2015. “Payments from Social Security and Supplemental Security Income have played a critical role in enhancing economic security and reducing poverty rates among people ages 65 and older. Yet many olderContinue Reading