Daily News - Wednesday 12 June 2013

Posted 12 June 2013 7:57am
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Asylum seekers risk leaky boats to live in poverty in suburbia
David Costello, Courier Mail

There is a new underclass growing in our suburbs. They are asylum seekers who fled war and deprivation and headed our way in leaky boats.

We must get in early to help troubled youth
Pat McGorry, Herald Sun

We aim to make early intervention, especially for young people who need it most, fundamental to mental health care, just as it is for physical illness. We need to finish the job.

US - People Suffering Intimate Partner Violence Need Better Help
Marissa Fessenden, Scientific American

More than one in three women and more than one in four men experience violence, stalking or rape by a partner during their lifetimes. Despite such prevalence and evidence that victims suffer accompanying mental and physical health problems such as post-traumatic stress disorder, health professionals have yet to nail down the best way to address intimate partner violence.

One in four children from single-parent families live in poverty
Fron Jackson-Webb & Nichelle See-Tho, The Conversation

Most Australians have benefited from Australia’s decade-long period of economic prosperity – except for single parents and their children, a new study reveals.

The Australian Social Inclusion Board Five Years On…
Pro Bono News

As the Australian Social Inclusion Board marks its fifth anniversary, it’s worth reflecting on the things that have been done and what we have yet to do to ensure all people living in Australia have a shot at a decent life.

Ethical investing with social benefits
Penny Pryor, Sydney Morning Herald

The UnitingCare Burnside Newpin Bond was the first of the three to launch this year and it has just been forced to close to new investments a month early as a result of the high demand.

UK - Momentum is growing for social impact bonds but investors should be cautious
Dan Corry and Marianne Atterbury

There are clearly problems with the payment-by-results system that lies behind SIBs, as the Work Programme has shown. At a recent roundtable we held looking at the introduction of payment by results in rehabilitation services we learned that a lot of charities and not-for-profits still have misgivings.

Social investment can be a great force for social change, says British PM
David Cameron, gov.uk

We’ve got a great idea here that can transform our societies, by using the power of finance to tackle the most difficult social problems. Problems that have frustrated government after government, country after country, generation after generation. Issues like drug abuse, youth unemployment, homelessness and even global poverty. The potential for social investment is that big. So I want to make it a success in Britain and I want to sell it all over the world.

US - Can investors make money in social services?
Michael A. Fletcher, Washington Post

Proponents of [social impact bonds], which are also called pay-for-success contracts, say they have the potential to unlock vast pools of private financing to provide stable, long-range funding for social programs that governments often are hard-pressed to finance, particularly with the fiscal constraints they face in the wake of the recession.

Relentless Monetization: The Moneyball Approach To Fighting Poverty
Ariel Schwartz, Co.Exist

Relentless Monetization sounds like something that a startup or investment bank would pursue. In reality, it’s the poverty-fighting strategy wielded by The Robin Hood Foundation, a New York City philanthropic organization with a ruthless--and effective--system for funding only the best nonprofits in the region. In 2012, Robin Hood doled out $132 million in grants to over 200 poverty fighting nonprofits in the city.

Row over asylum health costs as Victoria leads revolt
John Ferguson, The Australian

The Gillard government is facing a states' revolt over the soaring cost of healthcare for asylum-seekers and refugees, with the influx costing tens of millions of dollars and straining an already overloaded system.

Outsourcing our dirty work: the truth about Nauru
Daniel Webb, The Drum

Australia wants it both ways: using Nauru to solve a domestic problem with asylum seekers but invoking the island's sovereignty to deflect responsibility when things go wrong. Daniel Webb wonders if a court case underway in Nauru will force changes to Australia's regional processing policy.

Vatican Calls for Urgent Action to Protect and Assist Refugees
Catholic Communications, Sydney Archdiocese

The Vatican released a document titled "Welcoming Christ in Refugees and Forcibly Displaced Persons.' The document is meant to be a type of guide for those who work and volunteer with refugees.

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