Getting rid of debt might not only make you happier — but also smarter

In poverty, there is no room for error — and no room for risk.

The US doesn’t want poor people: concentrated poverty rises for the first time since the ’90s

“One Nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all. Except the poor, lol!” — the honest pledge.

The labour gender gap might start at home: girls spend 40% more time on chores more than boys, worldwide

For some girls, chores are a training academy for a life as a housekeeper.

Stanford scientists map poverty… from outer space

Researchers have developed a method to identify impoverished areas using free information from satellite imagery.

Early childhood stunting costs developing countries $177 billion/year

Developing countries stand to lose $177 billion each year or about half a percentage point of GDP due to delays in the physical development of children.

Climate change might force 100 million people back into poverty by 2030

Significant progress has been made in curbing poverty at the global level, but the rapid escalation of climate change could force developing regions to take two steps backwards. A World Bank report says as many as 100 million people could be pushed back into poverty by 2030 if no measures are taken, i.e. we go about business as usual

This simple device helps teenage girls living in poverty cope with having a period

For girls about to have their first period in rural India, menstruation can change their lives for the worst. Unable to afford disposable pads and tampons, girls often use rags which they reuse risking all sorts of health complications due to lack of sanitation. Many also decide to drop out of school out of fear that their rags might show or leak blood. “A fear of staining their clothes and being teased or humiliated about it by their male classmates seems to be a major reason of girls themselves choosing to miss their classes,” Maria Fernandez Ruiz de Larrinaga, communications specialist at UNICEF India says.

Poor boys growing up in rich neighbourhoods are more antisocial

Researchers in the UK have found that male children from poor homes growing up in better-off areas are more likely to engage in antisocial behavior. But disadvantaged boys living in areas where three-quarters of the population was poor had the lowest rates of such behaviour. The findings are grim, since they suggest mixed income communities could bear some unforeseen negative consequences, which might outweigh the benefits.

Providing water in schools could be key to lifting people out of poverty

Providing free water in schools could be key to helping people in developing countries lift themselves out of poverty according to research from the University of East Anglia. Children who go to schools which provide free water have reported better overall health, and teachers reported fewer children off sick; it seems fairly clear that there’s a connection between clean water

Obesity in the developing world quadruples since 1980

The world is changing awfully fast, and with change expect many paradigms to shift or crumble entirely to dust. Over the course of a mere couple of decades, world’s politics has changed dramatically. Superpowers have fallen, the Cold War is well behind us and countries which not long ago were considered hallmarks of poverty have significantly changed their status. I

Leveling global health within a generation could bring economic benefits 20 times the program’s cost

A new report made by a team of Harvard researchers proposes a set of measures aimed at leveling the health ground in the world by 2035. The authors envision a grand convergence, namely closing the most egregious equity gaps we still have between poor and rich populations around the world. Isn’t offering the same health benefits to everyone, indifferent of their

Poverty puts ‘tax’ on cognition — financial strain causes drop in IQ as large as 10 points

=Poverty posses long-lasting social, emotional and, least not forget, cognitive perils. A recent study found that people under financial strain have a hard time focusing on anything else other than their day-to-day strides, seriously affecting their cognitive abilities. The researchers, led by noted Harvard economist Sendhil Mullainathan, found that people affected by poverty scored as much as ten points lower than