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Opinion: Lifting the next billion out of poverty

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By Carrie Hessler-Radelet

Nearly one billion people have lifted themselves out of extreme poverty since the Cold War. Project Concern International President and CEO Carrie Hessler-Radelet charts a path for the next billion.

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