WBEZ | global poverty http://www.wbez.org/tags/global-poverty Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Global Activism: Public policy graduate creates 'Basic Transfer', for a different approach to solving global poverty http://www.wbez.org/series/global-activism/global-activism-public-policy-graduate-creates-basic-transfer-different <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/GAS-BAsic Transfer India.jpg" alt="" /><p><p dir="ltr" id="docs-internal-guid-d06db46c-ba05-4a74-b0e7-5d639a717861">After graduating from the University of Chicago&rsquo;s <a href="http://harrisschool.uchicago.edu/">Harris School</a> of Public Policy, Tricia Martinez came to believe that, &ldquo;policy solutions are not driven by potential impact for the individual or the ability to influence large-scale change, rather they are driven by political agendas.&rdquo; She wanted to take a different approach to solving some of the world&rsquo;s biggest humanitarian problems. &nbsp;For <a href="http://www.wbez.org/series/global-activism">Global Activism</a>, Martinez will tell us about her new collaborative project called &ldquo;<a href="http://www.basictransfer.com/">Basic Transfer</a>&rdquo;. It&rsquo;s a &ldquo;hybrid social venture with a mission to lift women around the world out of poverty through cash transfers.&rdquo;<iframe frameborder="no" height="450" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/155117134&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false&amp;visual=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>Tricia wants to create a revolution in fighting poverty through technology:</p><p style="margin-left:1.0in;">&quot;I am a social innovator and builder with a policy lens. Solving problems is what really excites me and I have found that the most critical part of addressing societal challenges is being able to connect and empathize with individuals unlike yourself. However, with a background in public policy, I see that many policy solutions are not driven by potential impact for the individual or the ability to influence large-scale change, rather they are driven by political agendas.</p><p style="margin-left:1.0in;">There is definitely a disconnect between the academic world conducting advantageous research and discovering new ways to solve problems and the real world solutions we actually implement. This is why I founded Basic Transfer. I wanted to take the research that my training was founded on and take it to scale. Poverty has always been the most fascinating phenomenon to me. The fact that 1.3 billion people live off of less than $1.25 a day and 70% of these people are women in the year 2014 is unacceptable, but society can still not figure out how to alleviate it at scale or eliminate it. Cash transfers have the ability to change the poverty landscape completely, but at the end of the day there is a stigma with handing cash to a poor person and giving them the choice on how to live their life. Basic Transfer will change that through our peer-to-peer giving platform, transparent model, and impact metrics showing donors where exactly there money is going and how $25 can create significant impact.</p><p style="margin-left:1.0in;">We are a poverty alleviation solution driven by research and results and as a social venture we have the ability to innovate and scale without being held back by agendas or institutional constraints. Unconditional cash transfers can lift millions of people out of poverty; it is just about breaking the traditional model and that is exactly what Basic Transfer is going to do.&quot;</p></p> Thu, 19 Jun 2014 08:02:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/series/global-activism/global-activism-public-policy-graduate-creates-basic-transfer-different Chicago organization offers opportunity to volunteer in Zambia via Groupon http://www.wbez.org/globalactivism/chicago-organization-offers-opportunity-volunteer-zambia-groupon-98471 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/Spark Ventures - 6.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><a href="http://www.sparkventures.org/" onclick="window.open(this.href, '', 'resizable=no,status=no,location=no,toolbar=no,menubar=no,fullscreen=no,scrollbars=no,dependent=no'); return false;">Spark Ventures</a> is a Chicago-based non-profit that partners with grassroots organizations to serve children in poverty. The organization&#39;s most recent project focuses on providing nutrition, education and healthcare to those in need in rural Zambia. <a href="http://www.sparkventures.org/about-us/team/board-of-directors/" onclick="window.open(this.href, '', 'resizable=no,status=no,location=no,toolbar=no,menubar=no,fullscreen=no,scrollbars=no,dependent=no'); return false;">Rich Johnson</a>, CEO and co-founder of Spark Ventures, joins <em>Worldview </em>to talk about Spark Ventures&#39; projects, including a recent partnership with Groupon.</p></p> Mon, 23 Apr 2012 14:15:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/globalactivism/chicago-organization-offers-opportunity-volunteer-zambia-groupon-98471 A behavioral economist on what works, and what falls flat, in global poverty relief http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2012-01-31/behavioral-economist-what-works-and-what-falls-flat-global-poverty-relie <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2012-January/2012-01-31/Maternal Health_Haiti.JPG" alt="" /><p><p>When it comes to global poverty, there’s often a gap between the billions we pour in and the outcomes that actually result. A behavioral economist at Yale University, <a href="http://karlan.yale.edu/" target="_blank">Dean Karlan</a> is trying to uncover the reasons behind this gap.</p><p>Dean is co-author of a new book called <a href="http://www.poverty-action.org/book/index.html" target="_blank"><em>More than Good Intentions: How a New Economics if Helping to Solve Global Poverty</em></a>. It's a <em>Freakanomics</em>-style guide to development projects that work and projects that just don’t make the cut.</p><p>Dean tells <em>Worldview</em> what the world needs to do to make sure every dollar that's donated makes a difference in reducing global poverty.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><em>Dean Karlan is speaking this evening at the Buffet Center at Northwestern University, at 5PM. Read more about the event <a href="http://planitpurple.northwestern.edu/event/426611" target="_blank">here</a>.</em></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Tue, 31 Jan 2012 16:40:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2012-01-31/behavioral-economist-what-works-and-what-falls-flat-global-poverty-relie