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PURSUING THE WEST VIRGINIA MIRACLE | GARRETT BALLENGEE

May 4, 2021

Garrett Ballengee was the first employee of the Cardinal Institute for West Virginia Policy, a state-based think tank working to reverse decades of poor outcomes with the state's education system, to liberalize labor markets so workers can thrive, and much more. Hear how a small but tough team has punched above their weight to deliver hope for West Virginia's families.

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CARDINAL INSTITUTE INCREASES ACCESS TO EDUCATION IN WEST VIRGINIA

May 3, 2021

West Virginia families have lacked access to tailored education options throughout the state’s history. In 2016, the Cardinal Institute for West Virginia Policy identified these inequities in education and began conducting research and advocating for solutions that might bridge the gap between educational outcomes. These efforts, supported by strong partnerships, led to the adoption of the WV Hope Scholarship program, which is expected to provide new learning opportunities for generations.

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WHAT IF LOCKDOWNS WENT ON …?

April 29, 2021 | by Elena Leontjeva

The second lockdown in Lithuania is no different from the first one: there are no clear principles for economic relief, individual groups are fighting for their own interests, and the government is forced to constantly alleviate the emerging effects of the quarantine. But what if lockdowns persisted? Would everything be the same? Can we find a fair solution and a way to preserve solidarity? Finally, how can the government be liberated from this onerous pressure, resistance, and confusion that are no less dangerous to society than the pandemic itself?

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ANNOUNCING THE “AFRICA REIMAGINED” WEBINAR SERIES

April 28, 2021

Since Africa’s population is projected to reach 26 percent of the world’s total population by 2050 (currently 17 percent), the continent will see an unprecedented need for jobs and access to both soft and hard infrastructures. This means that the next three decades will determine the continent’s trajectory toward prosperity. The course of action African countries pursue as we approach 2030 will ultimately either set them on the path of socio-economic prosperity or cement for them another century of development agony. This unavoidable dilemma is why African civil society, especially think tanks, must do whatever it takes to keep governments headed in the right direction.

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REVOLUTIONIZING YOUR GRASSROOTS ORGANIZING | HARRY FONE

April 20, 2021

The TaxPayers' Alliance (TPA) developed a new tool to engage in the political process. Harry Fone, Grassroots Campaign Manager at the TaxPayers' Alliance, who helped create the tool, joins host Vale Sloane on this episode of AtlasNexus.

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LITHUANIAN FREE MARKET INSTITUTE ROLLS BACK REGULATION TO RAMP UP HEALTHCARE

April 9, 2021

In Lithuania, the federal government until recently required that pharmacies have at least one full-time pharmacist on shift at all times. The Lithuanian Free Market Institute (LFMI), an Atlas Network partner, spearheaded an effort to roll back this mandate that drove up regulatory compliance costs and especially hurt small pharmacies and communities.

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LIBERA BOLIVIA EXAMINES STREET FAIR THAT HAS LIFTED THOUSANDS FROM POVERTY

April 8, 2021

On March 10, 2021, our partners at LIBERA Bolivia presented an audiovisual production called Sabemos Vender Bien (We Know How to Sell Well) that presents the events of Feria 16 de Julio in El Alto, Bolivia, a huge street fair that has helped lift thousands of people out of poverty in recent decades by encouraging free market activity for independent sellers. Atlas Network President Matt Warner, a special guest that day, said: "I want to focus on 'Sabemos' (we know), because knowledge is a key focus of debate in the future of foreign aid and development world. And what do we mean by 'knowledge'? If we think about the activities that we see happening in the July 16 market it’s a very familiar history that we see in other places, where people are demonstrating that they already know how to succeed; they already have the knowledge within them through their experiences, through their networks, through their own lives."

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