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How Foundations Are Changing to Maximize Impact

Many foundations are adopting creative new approaches to creating social change, according to a MacArthur-supported report by consulting firm FSG.  More

Shifting Behavior Related to Gender Norms, Power Dynamics

A study by Promundo found a social science-based curriculum for couples in Rwanda reduced intimate partner violence by 40 percent after almost two years. More

Visualizing 10.6 Million Jail Admissions Each Year

An artistic collaboration between Prison Policy Initiative and data journalist and illustrator Mona Chalabi provides a visualization of the 10.6 million jail admissions in the United States every year. More

Investigation into Missing Students Marred by Torture and Cover-Ups

A report asserts that 34 of 129 people prosecuted in connection with the disappearance of 43 students in Ayotzinapa in 2014 were arbitrarily detained and tortured in order to extract information or confessions.  More

State of Funding for Women’s Environmental Action

A study by Global Greengrants Fund shows that women are at the forefront of environmental action locally and globally, and funders are providing more than $100 million each year to support the intersection of women and the environment. More

The Big Picture of Mass Incarceration

The Prison Policy Initiative’s Mass Incarceration: The Whole Pie 2018 shows that U.S. jails admitted nearly 11 million people in 2016, and half a million people are detained in jails before trial every day. More

Report Examines Whether Iran’s Missiles Are Nuclear Capable

Iran has the largest and most diverse ballistic-missile arsenal in the Middle East, according to a report by the International Institute for Strategic Studies. More

Envisioning a New Prosecutor’s Office for Mexico

A Spanish-language report provides expert recommendations for the development of a new General Prosecutor’s Office for Mexico. More

Assessing Youth Education in Rural India

The Annual Status of Education Report by Pratham assesses the preparedness of youth ages 14-18 in rural India to lead productive adult lives by evaluating their educational abilities beyond foundational reading and arithmetic.  More

Corruption in Nigeria’s Federal Universities Met with Impunity

A study by the Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project reveals a widespread sentiment that corrupt practices in Nigeria’s federal university system are neither investigated nor punished. More