The pandemic stimulus checks were a big experiment. Did it work?

People rally during a demonstration in support of Covid-19 relief, organized by Shutdown DC, on the National Mall in Washington, DC, on Feb. 25, 2021. Al Drago | Getty Images When the US began to shut down the wake of the onset of Covid-19, it meant millions of families were suddenly without the income they … Read more

48% of families can’t afford enough food without child tax credit

lisegagne | E + | Getty Images Without the child tax credit, Stormy Johnson has been skipping her own meals so her kids can eat. Johnson, 45, works as a student support specialist at Preston County Schools in Kingwood, West Virginia. Before the monthly enhanced child tax credit payments lapsed in December, she received an … Read more

Indonesia’s fishermen rake in bigger incomes thanks to Aruna app

Utari Octavianty is no stranger to imposter syndrome. The 28-year-old is the co-founder of Aruna, an Indonesian farm-to-table e-commerce start-up that gives fishermen direct access to global consumers, fetching fair prices for their catch. “When we talked to others [start-up] founders, they came from Harvard, Stanford, and suddenly there’s us – from a local university … Read more

Oxfam slams billionaire pandemic ‘bonanza’ as millions face poverty

Olga Shumytskaya | Moment | Getty Images A new billionaire emerged every 30 hours during the Covid-19 pandemic, and nearly a million could fall into it extreme poverty at around the same rate in 2022. Those are the sobering statistics recently released by Oxfam. There were 573 more billionaires in the world by March 2022 … Read more

How one non-profit is helping single moms disrupt the cycle of poverty

Nirat | Istock | Getty Images It’s no secret the Covid-19 pandemic has been tough on millions of moms. Trying to juggle work amid ongoing child care uncertainties has left many mothers frustrated into the third year of the pandemic. While tough choices between work and parenting were a shock for middle- and upper-income women, … Read more

Brits brace for perfect storm of tax rises, spiraling inflation and energy crisis

Pensioners protest over rising fuel prices at a demonstration outside Downing street called by The National Pensioners Convention and Fuel Poverty Action on February 7, 2022 in London, England. Guy Smallman | Getty Images British households are facing the worst cost of living crisis for decades, as soaring inflation, declining real wages and an energy … Read more

New guaranteed income experiments inspired by Martin Luther King Jr.

Muhammad Yungai’s mural ‘We Shall Always March Ahead’ is displayed next to the Privado Grooming Barbershop in Atlanta’s Vine City neighborhood. Raymond Boyd | Michael Ochs Archive | Getty Images The legendary civil rights activist Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., grew up preaching at Old Fourth Ward in Atlanta. Soon, that neighborhood will also be … Read more

These countries have the lowest Covid vaccination rates in the world

A healthcare worker administers a Covid-19 vaccine to a woman in Johannesburg, South Africa, December 04, 2021. Sumaya Hisham | Reuters Burundi, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Haiti are the least vaccinated countries in the world against Covid-19, data has shown. Just 0.05% of Burundi’s population has received at least one Covid vaccination dose, … Read more