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February 2018


News Reports and Resources


Publics Globally Want Unbiased News Coverage, but Are Divided on Whether Their News Media Deliver

Pew Research Center | READ STORY


Publics around the world overwhelmingly agree that the news media should be unbiased in their coverage of political issues, according to a new Pew Research Center survey of 38 countries. Yet, when asked how their news media are doing on reporting different political issues fairly, people are far more mixed in their sentiments, with many saying their media do not deliver. And, in many countries, there are sharp political differences in views of the media – with the largest gap among Americans.



We Know How to Save Millions from Dying on the World’s Roads

World Resources Institute |



Fewer than 3 people per 100,000 are killed in road crashes in Sweden every year, less than almost anywhere else in the world. In contrast, it’s 11 per 100,000 in countries like India and the United States. One reason for the difference? A “Safe System” approach.




Meditation is Common Across Many Religious Groups in the U.S.

Pew Research Center | READ STORY


In popular culture, meditation often is associated with Eastern spirituality and its secular offshoots, such as mindfulness. But substantial shares of Americans of nearly all religious groups – as well as those who have no religious affiliation at all – say they meditate at least once a week. Americans tend to say they meditate regularly (40% do so at least weekly) or rarely, if at all (45% seldom or never do). There’s not much middle ground – only 8% say they meditate once or twice a month and only 4% say they do so several times a year. But these figures vary widely among different U.S. religious groups.




Craft Beer Is the Strangest, Happiest Economic Story in America



Research has found that the existence of corporate behemoths stamps out innovation and hurts workers. Indeed, between 2002 and 2007, employment at breweries actually declined in the midst of an economic expansion. But in the last decade, something strange and extraordinary has happened. Between 2008 and 2016, the number of brewery establishments expanded by a factor of six, and the number of brewery workers grew by 120 percent.



Democracy in Crisis

Freedom House READ STORY


Political rights and civil liberties around the world deteriorated to their lowest point in more than a decade in 2017, extending a period characterized by emboldened autocrats, beleaguered democracies, and the United States’ withdrawal from its leadership role in the global struggle for human freedom.



Moving Americans Out of Poverty Will Take More Than Money



new report by the U.S. Partnership on Mobility from Poverty furthers the idea that too many Americans linger in poverty largely because they are trapped, literally—isolated in low-income communities where only other poor people surround them. And, statistically, few manage to escape. The report emphasizes how much where we are born and grow up shapes our chances for upward mobility. A child growing up in a community with the lowest level of mobility can expect to earn up to 40 percent less during his or her lifetime than one who lives in a high-mobility neighborhood.



MT CD Update

Do you know of a community development professional who is involved in praiseworthy work? Consider nominating them for a NACDEP or CDS award. Regional and national awards recognize work done by individuals, teams and for distinguished service. Nominations for NACDEP are due March 5 and more information can be found here. Nominations for CDS are due Feb. 14 with more info available here.

The Special Birthday Issue of IACD’s magazine Practice Insights is now available to download. This Special Issue reflects upon some of the key influencers and shapers of the community development profession and movement since 1953.

Paul Lachapelle
MSU Community Development Specialist

Upcoming Events

2018 JCEP Leadership Conference

February 14-15, 2018

Orlando, Florida

Sponsor: JCEP

2018 Building Active Communities Initiative

Workshop: May 8-10, 2018

Livingston, Montana

Building Active Communities Initiative (BACI)

2018 NACDEP Conference

June 10-13, 2018

Cleveland, Ohio

Sponsor: NACDEP

2018 Community Development Society Conference

July 22-25, 2018

Detroit, Michigan

Sponsor: Community Development Society

Grants, Awards & Jobs

Awards for Faculty

Deadline: April 11

Funder: National Endowment for the Humanities

PEPFAR Small Grants Program 2018 Capacity Building

Deadline: April 30
Funder: U.S. Mission to Lesotho

Health Services and Economic Research on the Prevention and Treatment of Drug, Alcohol, and Tobbaco Abuse

Deadline: May 7

Funder: Department of Health and Human Services

Community Facilities Programs

Deadline: Ongoing
Funder: Rural Development, USDA

International Bioethics Research Training Program

Deadline: May 17

Funder: Department of Health and Human Services

National News

Grand Crossing Wins National Award

The Courier, February 2

Community Development Grant Applications Accepted

City Lab, February 2

Civil Society 'Surprised and Disappointed' as DFID's GPE Pledge Falls Short

Devex, February 2

Poverty Eradication Only Possible with Structural Transformation, Says BIC

Bahai, February 2

Montana News

$600K from Wildfire Relief Fund to be Divvied up Among Rural Fire Departments in Montana

Billings Gazette, February 2

Montana Repertory Theatre: Candidate Wants Legacy to be Excellence, Growth

Missoulian, February 2

Montana's Community Health Centers Critical to Communities' Health

Great Falls Tribune,

February 2

Non Profit Helps Better Community

Lake County Leader,   February 2


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