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Monitoring progress on UN’s Sustainable Development Goals

September 23, 2017 ·  · Topic: Economic Mobility  · Relevance: not sure

Monitoring progress on UN’s Sustainable Development Goals

Two years ago, world leaders joined together to endorse a new and ambitious agenda not to reduce poverty but to eradicate it, not to lessen hunger but to end it once and for all, and not to overlook inequality but jointly to attack it.

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) broke new ground in the fight against poverty by moving beyond social development targets to better protect our fragile planet, reduce economic and social inequalities, and promote human rights. Today, the hard work to achieve this ambition is just beginning, Ipsnews reported.

Delivering on the development goals will not be a […]

Essex-Hudson Greenway: Connecting our communities, improving life

September 22, 2017 ·  · Topic: Economic Mobility  · Relevance: bad

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The Old Boonton Line, a segment of railroad running from Montclair to Jersey City that was taken out of service when Montclair received the Midtown Direct Train in 2002, presents a tremendous and unique opportunity to create a greenway for residents from Essex and Hudson counties. This potential greenway, known as both the “Essex-Hudson Greenway” and the “Ice and Iron Trail,” would provide off-road recreation – walking, bike riding – for residents of the many towns that the greenway would pass through: Montclair, Glen Ridge, Bloomfield, Belleville, Newark, Kearny, and Jersey City.

Also, as the entire distance to Jersey City […]

Philanthropy Examines its Role in Shifting Economic Landscape at Roundtable Conference

September 22, 2017 ·  · Topic: Economic Mobility  · Relevance: bad


Automation, globalization, and other market disruptors are dramatically changing the nature of work in America, threatening to sideline youth and adults with little education and few skills—but opportunities are developing. That was the topic of The Philanthropy Roundtable’s conference in Denver, Colorado from September 11-12—Philanthropy’ Job: Empowering Workers in an Age of Automation.

“Work is the best solution to poverty which is why we need to solve the upskilling challenge. That’s why we are here, to discuss how we get those skills to everybody,” said Jo Kwong, director of economic opportunity programs at The Philanthropy Roundtable.

Panelists and speakers examined emerging […]

TRANSPORTATION AND LOGISTICS BRIEFING: Trump administration stalls critical self-driving car tech — Tesla developing its own AI chips — Matternet’s new drone delivery network

September 22, 2017 ·  · Topic: Economic Mobility  · Relevance: bad

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Welcome to Transportation & Logistics Briefing, a new M-W-F morning email providing the latest news, data, and insight on how digital technology is disrupting transportation and delivery, produced by BI Intelligence.

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Have feedback? We’d like to hear from you. Write me at: jcamhi@businessinsider.com . TRUMP ADMINISTRATION PUTS CRITICAL SELF-DRIVING TECH ON HOLD: Government efforts to mandate vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) communication technology have stalled under the Trump administration, according to a new Bloomberg report . V2V […]

South Africa: The Future Political Landscape

September 22, 2017 ·  · Topic: Economic Mobility  · Relevance: not sure


Once regarded as one of the leading emerging markets in the world and with the most prosperous economy in the entire continent (according to the Emerging Markets Opportunity Index compiled by Grant Thornton in 2013), half a decade later South Africa is almost unrecognisable from the economically thriving country it once was.

According to the Rand Merchant Bank’s latest ‘Where to Invest in Africa’ report for 2018 released a couple of weeks ago, South Africa has been knocked off the top spot by Egypt, a position it had held for every year since the report was initiated. Various political and […]

Consumption poverty and the Official Poverty Measure

September 21, 2017 ·  · Topic: Economic Mobility  · Relevance: not sure

Bruce Meyer of the University of Chicago and AEI, and James Sullivan of Notre Dame last week released their report on consumption poverty in the United States for the year 2016. The takeaway from the report is positive: The rate of consumption poverty, which measures how much people consume, and therefore better captures the extent of deprivation and material poverty in the United States, continues to decline, falling to an all-time low of 3.0%. Improvement in the consumption poverty rate speaks to the effectiveness of various in-kind and tax benefits afforded to low-income Americans, such as the Supplemental Nutrition […]

WFAE Forum: Debating Police Shootings And Inequality A Year After Keith Scott

September 21, 2017 ·  · Topic: Economic Mobility  · Relevance: not sure

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View Slideshow 1 of 2 All the panelists joined a Q&A in the second hour of the forum "Unrest in the Queen City: One Year Later" at Spirit Square.

A year after the killing of Keith Scott, Charlotte is still debating both police shootings and the social and economic inequality that led to a week of protests. Just how well CMPD and the city are doing was the question Wednesday night during a two-hour WFAE Public Conversation at Spirit Square in uptown Charlotte.

Panelists at the forum, titled "Unrest in Charlotte: One Year Later," drew from the recent and […]

You’re more likely to achieve the American dream if you live in Denmark

September 21, 2017 ·  · Topic: Economic Mobility  · Relevance: not sure

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If moving forward is the goal, it’s a not a good policy to stand still. Yet we hear little from the government about solutions to Britain’s poor record on social mobility. Earlier this year both the current administration and its predecessors were roundly condemned for their failure to make any headway.

Research has repeatedly shown the clear link between high levels of income inequality and low levels of social mobility. This graph, from our book The Spirit Level shows that far from being the land of opportunity, the US has very low social mobility. You’re much more likely to achieve […]

Restore Act funds: Okaloosa County to pave vulnerable roads

September 20, 2017 ·  · Topic: BP Settlement  · Relevance: not sure


OKALOOSA COUNTY, Fla. (WEAR) — Okaloosa County decided what to do with their portion of the Restore Act funds, given to them as restitution for the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

Heavy rains affect the roads in northern Okaloosa County so much that barriers are pre-placed to make it easier to close down, but the problem isn’t over when it stops raining.

The receding water takes dirt with it, which pollutes the Escambia and Blackwater bays in Escambia and Santa Rosa counties.County Commissioner Nathan Boyles and the rest of the county board decided to spend $500,000 they received in compensation from the […]

OECD charts a slowing of international mobility growth

September 20, 2017 ·  · Topic: Economic Mobility  · Relevance: bad

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Short on time? Here are the highlights: The global population of internationally mobile students has expanded remarkably between about 1990 and 2010

However, growth in outbound mobility has slowed notably since 2010

A new report on global education trends highlights some of the factors that will continue to shape global mobility trends through 2025 Every year, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) produces a massive report that rolls up a considerable range of education data and trends. The latest installment in this series, Education at a Glance 2017 , was released last week and […]