After reading this article in the NY Times about the emergence of GiveDirectly, a non-profit that creates unconditional cash-transfer programs in Kenya, Uganda, and Rwanda, I became very intrigued.
As I dug deeper into GiveDirectly's story and mission, a few things became clear to me. One, this program was unique in the unconditionality its charity and financial efficiency (91 cents of every dollar donated passes thru). It also was a story in progress, taking a clinical and empirical approach to their work around basic income, being transparent about their success and failure, and embarking on the the largest randomized control trial of its kind this year in Kenya.
Here are my presentation's slides.
Here are the articles I used in support of this presentation:
Disintermediating the State: Would a 'Universal Basic Income' Reduce Poverty More Than Targeted Programs? - Center for Global Development blog, response to NYTIMES "Future of Not Working" piece
Cash Transfers: Changing the Debate on Giving Cash to the Poor - Innovations for Poverty Action
Want to Save the World? Try Using Cold Hard Cash - New Republic
Fact checking universal basic income: can we transfer our way out of poverty? - The World Bank blog
Do the Poor Waste Transfers on Booze and Cigarettes? No. - the World Bank blog
Why I’m a Universal Basic Income skeptic, especially for poor countries - Chris Blatmann blog
Let Them Eat Cash - NY Times op-ed piece by Chris Blatmann
Cash Transfers Evidence Paper - DFID report
Effective Altruism - Wikipedia entry