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My Journey as a Maternal Health Advocate

As a young medical doctor during my 2001-2002 internship in one of the largest hospitals in Kano, Nigeria, I was posted to a three-month rotation in the maternity division. My responsibilities were to take patient histories ...
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Seeding a Field: The Digital Media and Learning Initiative

MacArthur’s Digital Media and Learning (DML) initiative started in 2005 and focused initially on supporting workshops and projects aimed at exploring how digital media was affecting how young people were learning, the implications of gaming ...
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Responding to Gun Violence in Chicago

Prison taught me a lot of things. In 2008, I was released on parole after spending more than 14 years in prison. I have since earned Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in social work from ...
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A Paradigm Shift in Population and Reproductive Health

The 1990s ushered in a sea change in the population and reproductive health field, bringing a period of unprecedented energy, groundbreaking international policy change, and a global women’s movement that shifted emphasis from population control ...
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Building Trust between People and Police in Nigeria

The CLEEN Foundation, a non-governmental organization with a focus on building trust between the police and the people in Nigeria through improved police accountability, was among the first recipients of the MacArthur Award for Creative and ...
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Improving the Quality of Life in Chicago Neighborhoods

Rebecca Riley, Former MacArthur Vice President for Community Affairs Andrew Mooney, Former Executive Director of Local Initiatives Support Corporation/Chicago Carlos Nelson, Executive Director, Greater Auburn-Gresham Development Corporation   Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC)/Chicago is the ...
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Building a More Equitable, Accessible, Innovative World Through Shared Knowledge and Creativity

Twenty years ago, Congress passed a statute that triggered a turning point in a cultural war. The Sonny Bono Copyright Term Extension Act extended the term of existing copyrights by 20 years. It was the 11th ...
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A Research and Writing Grant as an Inflection Point in a Career

I wrote the proposal for MacArthur’s Research and Writing Competition in early 1998 and was notified in fall 1998 that I was awarded a grant for my proposed topic, “Integrating Russia into the International Community ...
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A Donor Collaborative to Strengthen Secondary Education

Kim Kerr, Kristen Molyneaux, and Dana Schmidt discuss the Foundation's support of the Partnership to Strengthen Innovation and Practice in Secondary Education, a collaborative that seeks to increase secondary education access and improve learning outcomes ...
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A Conversation with Jonathan Fanton: Advancing International Justice

Former MacArthur President Jonathan Fanton discusses the Foundation's focus on international justice during his tenure.
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The Partnership for Higher Education in Africa: A Conversation with Muhammad Yahuza Bello

The Partnership for Higher Education in Africa was a joint project of the Carnegie Corporation of New York, Ford Foundation, John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Rockefeller Foundation, William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, Andrew W ...
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A Competition to Address Mass Incarceration

Justice Reform Director Laurie Garduque describes the Foundation's shift in focus of its justice reform grantmaking from the juvenile to the adult system, and the development of the Safety and Justice Challenge.
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Four Lessons from Four Decades of Impact Investing

Managing Director of Impact Investments Debra Schwartz articulates four key lessons from the Foundation's impact investments work spanning more than 30 years.
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A Conversation with Adele Simmons: "Research Institutions Without Walls"

Adele Simmons, former President of Hampshire College, served as MacArthur's President from 1989 to 1999. She established the Foundation's global reach, opening offices in Russia to strengthen universities and policy institutes, and launching the ...
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Working to Build a Clean Energy Economy

Co-founders Hal Harvey and Eric Heitz discuss the early days of Energy Foundation and its work today.
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