Economic Good News

Stories about money and economics being used for good — and good being done for money and economies

Renewable Energy Jobs Grew Globally in 2020, Defying Expectations

Clean energy jobs rose to 12 million last year even amid the pandemic but officials say green employment must come with decent conditions and bring in more women.
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This Nonprofit Is Providing Hope for North Korean Refugees

Liberty in North Korea believes the North Korean people will achieve liberty in our lifetime. Here's why we can be hopeful about North Korea — and how to make a difference.
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Tilling North St. Louis, Planting for a Healthier Future

Large swaths of St. Louis are without easy access to fresh food and nutritious produce. These “food deserts,” are most often in low-income communities. Organizers, farmers, and nonprofits are using a variety of creative methods to ensure people have access to the food they need
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This App is Fighting Food Insecurity in the U.S.

Food banks and nonprofits do an amazing job helping people who live with food insecurity. But the stigma around asking for help causes some people to go without. Using mobile technology and existing food sector systems, this startup is connecting hungry people with sources of help.
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States Are Buying Hotels to House Displaced Wildfire Survivors

The climate crisis and the pandemic are spurring local governments to take action — and finally, begin to address chronic homelessness.
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Can Churches Help to Ease the Affordable-Housing Shortage?

Houses of worship own billions worth of empty, deteriorating, or underused real estate. Some local governments and denominations are overcoming obstacles to carve it into badly needed housing for their communities.
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New Vending Machines Are Bringing Safe, Cheap Water to Nairobi's Slums

Until now, Mukuru residents have had no option but to buy polluted water from informal vendors charging exorbitant prices
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Lawmakers Are Tackling ‘Period Poverty’ with Tax Cuts and School Supplies

As with many national social movements, young people have been on the frontlines of the menstrual equity push. In 2020, students across the country raised money, lobbied, held school assemblies, and launched social media campaigns to make period products free in their schools
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How Denver Tackled Homelessness While Saving Money

The Denver study proves that highly vulnerable people living on the street will accept housing and, with help, stay housed for the long term. That’s good news at a time when homelessness is rising nationally and service providers say more people appear to be suffering from mental illness.
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North Carolina Just Opened Their First Peer-Run Respite Center as an Alternative to Hospitalization for People in Mental Health Distress

A mental health agency in Charlotte run by people with lived experience opens North Carolina’s first peer-run respite center as an alternative to landing in the emergency room for mental health issues.
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