Expenses - the Neglected Half of the Household Budget Equation

To get a full picture of the economic challenges facing Americans of different incomes, we need to consider incomes and expenses together, especially rising expenses for housing, education and health care.

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The Global Progress on HIV and AIDS and the Work That Remains

Despite - and in some ways because of - the success in South Africa and worldwide in the fight against AIDS, much work and many challenges remain.

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Closing the Energy Access Gap in Sub-Saharan Africa

Approximately 1.2 billion people live outside of electrical grids. Of those people, 621 million are in Sub-Saharan Africa. This population meets their electricity needs by spending approximately U.S. $27 billion annually on kerosene, candles, battery torches, and or other fossil fuels powered by stopgap technologies.

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Categories: Clean Energy

Donald Trump will be President. What Does this Mean for Global Action on Climate Change?

Following Donald Trump's upset election victory, the public, pundits and policymakers all over the world are parsing his campaign promises to understand what he will do on a range of issues. On climate change, the question is especially salient.

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Categories: Climate Change

Getting Meaningful Technical Assistance from Webinars: We Can Evaluate That

The field of technical assistance is changing rapidly. Many organizations that provide national and local technical assistance have moved toward the use of "virtual" TA. How can TA providers evaluate webinar-based TA?

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Learning Together: Building Stronger Practitioner-Researcher Partnerships

Promoters of evidence-based policies and practices are seeking to engage practitioners more fully in developing and carrying out technically challenging evaluations — notably randomized controlled trials (RCTs).

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Training Civilian Style: A Veteran’s Perspective on Real-World Impact

Veterans Day is an important observance to honor the estimated 21 million men and women who have served our country. But the importance of veterans is not a one-day affair at Abt Associates.

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The Paris Agreement Has Entered into Force. Now What?

The Paris Agreement, ratified last month, allows each signatory to accept country-specific emissions reduction targets and show progress in meeting those targets. This encourages all major emitters to take part in emissions reduction.

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Categories: Climate Change

One More Time With Zika: Investment in Prevention Costs Less, Means Better Health

Investments in local, state and federal public health infrastructure are necessary to stop the spread of Zika and other infectious diseases in the United States, as well as address the health outcomes for those who are infected.

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Pandemic Preparedness: Moving Beyond Public Health

A pandemic is the global spread of an infectious disease. While Ebola didn't meet the definition, it revealed how little prepared we were to manage the risks in places like hospitals and airports both operationally and politically.

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