Local Interventions to Reduce Poverty: Obama’s new initiative

In an earlier volume, Politudes reported on President Obama’s announcement of a new program of local intervention, called “Promise Zones.” We have carried some material describing initiatives in Canada and France which have comparable objectives, if not all of the same components. The following brief contributions address the socio-economic context, the objectives of Promise Zone … More Local Interventions to Reduce Poverty: Obama’s new initiative

Stanford Innovation review: Community action to reduce obesity and depression

Where and how can communities organize themselves for collective impact? In the January issue of Politudes, we highlighted US research which suggested that neighbourhood influence could be strong in relation to the incidence of depression and obesity. In a similar vein, a recent issue of the Stanford Social Innovation Review (see reference below) highlights the … More Stanford Innovation review: Community action to reduce obesity and depression

Targeted geographic anti-poverty interventions: France’s “Sensitive Urban Zones”

We mentioned in the January issue that US President Obama has announced a program targeting “Opportunity Zones,” socio-economically disadvantaged areas where efforts would be concentrated to improve conditions. This could be a challenge, since some kinds of disadvantage, especially poverty, unemployment and social exclusion, seem to be resistant to geographic targeting. The French experience with … More Targeted geographic anti-poverty interventions: France’s “Sensitive Urban Zones”