'Fail story' presentation - GiveDirectly

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

The Three-Word Question That's Changing What Charities Do With Their Resources - The Atlantic

Can 4 Economists Build the Most Economically Efficient Charity Ever? - The Atlantic

Is It Better to Be Poor in Bangladesh or the Mississippi Delta? - The Atlantic

What Happens When You Just Give Money To Poor People? - NPR

The Best and Simplest Way to Fight Global Poverty - Slate

This Kenyan village is a laboratory for the biggest basic income experiment ever - Vox

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