COBAP Authors

Foundations and Impact Investing

Elise Clark and John Hoffmire

In the past decade, investment companies and foundations have shown an increased interest in impact investment.  It is no longer a niche industry, but a mainstream concept organizations use to create social and environmental impact.  In an article written by Sridhar

Covid-19 Care Monitoring Coalition Empowering Self-Advocacy

Empowering Self-Advocacy by Health Workers, and Highly Affected and At-Risk Populations

 Project Description


 In July 2020 we launched what we are calling the “Covid-19 Care Monitoring Coalition” (CCMC), to help facilitate self-advocacy and a constructive dialogue between health care providers, ministries

Global Food Shortages Exacerbated by COVID-19 Pandemic

Elise Clark

The global crisis of COVID-19 has illuminated many gaps in governmental systems across the world when it comes to reacting and responding to crises, but particularly when it comes to food shortages and weaknesses in the global supply chain.  The Committee on World Food

Universal basic income experiment in Finland

Universal Basic Income: Although the concept of a universal basic income has been debated for years, new studies from Finland provide possible evidence that the complex principal could be implemented to the benefit of citizens.  According to an article published in the Annual Political Science

What the Poor Think of the Rich

The core of the American Dream — equality of opportunity and rewards commensurate with efforts and abilities — has enchanted millions of people across the globe. However, it is important to assess whether the reality bears out that ideal. Although two-thirds of Americans (69 percent)

All societies have problems

All societies have problems. I am sure this is not a shock to anyone. Neighbors have disputes, poverty exists and inequality grows. Simply put, if each individual of a society is imperfect, so too is society, and since no one is perfect, we each play

Unknowingly Raising Another Man’s Child

The number of men who had DNA tests administered for themselves and at least one of their children rose by 64 percent last decade, according to The New York Times. The DNA tests confirm whether or not a man is unknowingly raising another man’s child.

The Importance of Environmental Practices in Poverty Alleviation

Alleviating poverty is a worthy endeavor pursued by many organizations. However, studies show that in some cases there are unintended negative impacts upon the environment. The goal to alleviate poverty without environmental damage can be challenging.

For example, an organization might teach improved farming techniques and

Does Everyone Want To Be An Owner

In theory, employee ownership through an Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP) is an almost perfect idea, since it benefits employees and businesses equally and simultaneously.

Shares are allocated to, rather than purchased by, the employees, which puts ownership within the grasp of many who might never

I Like Flowers

You may ask why am I posting a picture I took on the site today?

It is partly because I like flowers. But it is also because of the ending of a poem by Gary Snyder: Stay together. Know the flowers. Go light. I

Society Should Remember Lessons From Midas

One of the most recognizable myths from ancient Greece is the tale of King Midas. For those unfamiliar with the story, King Midas received a wish from the god Dionysus that he used to have everything he touched turn into gold. At first delighted, Midas