Could foreign aid help stop Central Americans from coming to the U.S.? Here’s what you need to know.
On Monday, the State Department announced details of President Trump’s promised cuts to foreign aid for the Northern Triangle countries of El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala, warning that future U.S. funding will require these countries to improve efforts to decrease migration. The announcement comes as the number of Central Americans crossing the southwest U.S. border continues to increase, with 144,000 migrants and asylum seekers taken into custody in May.
On Wednesday, a House Judiciary subcommittee will hold the first congressional hearing in more than a decade on the subject of reparations. Ta-Nehisi Coates, the author of the 2014 essay “The Case for Reparations,” and actor Danny Glover are scheduled to testify at the hearing, which will focus in part on H.R. 40, a piece of legislation that would establish a commission “to study and consider a national apology and proposal for reparations for the institution of slavery, its subsequent de jure and de facto racial and economic discrimination against African-Americans, and the impact of these forces on living African-Americans.”
On this episode of the award-winning Ways & Means, we go inside an innovative, free public program that helps new moms and dads adjust to life with a newborn. In each location where the Family Connects program is offered, all families, rich and poor, are eligible to have a visiting nurse come right to the home after the birth of a child.
Dozens of teachers across the country taught about the civil rights movement in a more nuanced way this year.
The Bull City 150 project will open a new public exhibit, "The Schools We All Deserve: The struggle for educational equity in Durham, N.C.," on May 31, 2019, at the W.G. Pearson Center, from 6 to 8 p.m. The exhibit explores the history of education in Durham from the 1800s to the present, and shows how each generation responded to racial and economic educational inequality. Many fought and organized and made huge sacrifices to further educational equity. Others resisted -- some loudly, some quietly.
Global health efforts to design and deliver improved cookstoves don’t always catch on. Experience has shown poor households in rural settings will rarely pay for or use these new stoves, which are intended to lower firewood demands and improve indoor and outdoor air quality. However, adopting some common business practices, such as upgrading the supply chain, performing careful market analysis and offering price rebates, can increase purchase and adoption of improved cookstoves by as much as 50 percent in rural India, according to a new study led by Duke University researchers.
In a new intergovernmental report, scientists say a million species of plants and animals could go extinct due to climate change, many within our lifetimes. Sanford School Professor Alexander Pfaff contributed to the report. In this episode of Policy 360, he talks about history, and the five hurdles that have tripped policymakers and advocates up in the past when it comes to reversing environmental loss.
Carolyn Barnes, assistant professor in the Sanford School of Public Policy, has been named a William T. Grant Scholar. The prestigious program selects fewer than six promising early-career researchers each year, based on the scholars’ potential to become influential researchers. Barnes will receive $350,000 over the next five years to support a study titled “How Politics, Poverty, and Social Policy Implementation Shape Racial Inequality in Child Development in the Rural South.”
The Sanford School’s graduation ceremonies on May 12 marked a number of milestones: it was the first presided over by Dean Judith Kelley, it celebrated the largest ever class of the Master of Public Policy program, the first class of the International Master of Environmental Policy and the largest PhD cohort to date.