Coronavirus: How can we keep remittances flowing?

Coronavirus: How can we keep remittances flowing?

The World Bank is projecting the largest decline in remittances in history, due to COVID-19. On April 23, 2020, The World Bank hosted a webinar with Dr. Dilip Ratha, Chief Economist Remittances unit at the bank on how we could keep remittances flowing. Here is an abridged version of the webinar. Q: Can you give …

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Maintaining National Cohesion During A Drawn-out Pandemic

Maintaining National Cohesion During A Drawn-out Pandemic

The localized crisis causes distressing discord to a community.  Widespread catastrophe creates agonizing chaos in any region. If not managed carefully, long-term chaos will knock the wind out of our sails and destroy national cohesion. Noble response to the novel COVID-19.  Public administrators, police officers, firefighters, paramedics, medical staff, sanitation workers, long-haul truckers, local delivery …

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Habits of the Heart featured in top 40 blogs on philanthropy

Habits of the Heart featured in top 40 blogs on philanthropy

I am happy to announce that this blog, Habits of the Heart, which focuses on philanthropy and public policy is featured as one of the top 40 blogs on philanthropy on https://blog.feedspot.com/philanthropy_blogs/ While this is a privilege and honor, I would like to hear from you, the reader, what topics you’d like to read more …

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Note from a Gallegly Fellow: Hope Ramos

Note from a Gallegly Fellow: Hope Ramos

Hello, readers of the MPPA Blog! I hope everyone is staying safe and keeping healthy during these times. My name is Hope Ramos and I am currently in my fourth term with the MPPA program at California Lutheran University and I am also the 2019-2020 Gallegly Fellow! There have been so many opportunities that I …

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What kind of philanthropy do we need, in these times?

What kind of philanthropy do we need, in these times?

In the past few weeks, I have received multiple requests for donations, mainly from nonprofits and individuals I know. The requests are for the upkeep of operations, providing essential services, etc. and reflect the need for solidarity, that is much needed in these times. Notions of charity, philanthropy, and volunteering are making a comeback in …

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Innovative solutions to travel policy challenge in Canada

Innovative solutions to travel policy challenge in Canada

John Marroquin The Republic of Canada is known for having some of the strictest laws for immigration and visitation for foreign nationals who have been convicted of driving under the influence (DUI), or equivalent misconduct in their respective countries. With the steadily rising number of tourists year by year and the number of foreign nationals …

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Frontline Workers & Stress: COVID-19 Reminds Us to Pay Attention to What Matters

Frontline Workers & Stress: COVID-19 Reminds Us to Pay Attention to What Matters

Crawford Coates A recent study out in the Journal of the American Medical Association surveyed 1,257 healthcare workers in China who worked on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic response. It finds a significant number of those surveyed experiencing symptoms of distress, including depression, anxiety, and insomnia.[1] The closer to the epicenter of the pandemic, …

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Government mandated shutdowns are making a case for welfare

Government mandated shutdowns are making a case for welfare

With talks of some sort of welfare mechanism for millions of Americans doing the rounds, it looks like Universal Basic Income (UBI) is having a moment of spotlight. Let us not forget that it had its moment during the Democratic Primaries, with Andrew Yang making it his signature policy. Welfare policies are making a comeback …

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Six tips to be a successful online student

Six tips to be a successful online student

With the sudden change in school and college schedules, with the COVID-19 situation, most institutions in the U.S. are going towards online education. Many are scrambling to make this transition, while those who are better prepared are doing virtual classes smoothly. There seem to be multiple resources for teachers on how to teach better, however; …

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