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A potential solution to poverty

A potential solution to poverty

Here are four related stories that may offer an insight to better address poverty.
How better research can lead to better programmes to combat poverty
How you can earn money for doing nothing
How being poor causes you to make bad decisions
How to pay for lifting the poor out of poverty


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