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IRAN: On the verge of introducing the world’s first national basic income

Iran is on the verge of becoming the first country to introduce a basic income. This dramatic development is happening with little international attention and for reasons that have little to do with the international discussion of basic income. Iran is trying to get rid of a horribly inefficient system of implicit fuel subsidies. As one of the world’s largest

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GHANA: Editorial calls for Alaska-style oil-dividend

A recent editorial in Peace FM online calls for Ghana to introduce an oil-dividend similar to the Alaska Permanent Fund Dividend as a measure to aid transparence, avoid the resource curse, and ensure that all Ghanaians benefit from expected oil revenues. The editorial looks deeply into the present situation in Ghana and at the positive examples of Alaska and Norway.

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SOUTH AFRICA: Research institute points to Namibian experience as evidence that BIG could work in South Africa

Isobel Frye, the director of studies at the Poverty and Inequality Institute (a nonprofit research institute based in Johannesburg) pointed to the results of the Namibian basic income pilot project as evidence that a BIG could work in South Africa. In an editorial in the Sowetan, Frye wrote, “An actual experience of how bold thinking can indeed overcome inequities can

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NAMIBIA: Bishop Kameeta calls for an official study of the Basic Income Grant

Bishop Zephania Kameeta of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in the Republic of Namibia and of the BIG Coalition of Namibia called for President Pohamba to establish a consultative forum on the national introduction of a Basic Income Grant. He wants the forum to spend three months to study the BIG pilot project that recently concluded in Otjivero, Namibia. The forum

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MONGOLIA: Thousands of protestors demand Alaska-style dividend

The Associated Press has been reporting that more than 5,000 and perhaps as many as 10,000 Mongolians have been protesting for a resource dividend. Mongolia is a poor nation, currently in the process of developing what appear to be major mineral reserves. Back in 2008, during elections, both of Mongolia’s major parties promised to set up an Alaska-style resource dividend.

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SOUTH KOREA: Basic Income Coalition created with aim to support candidates in elections

Following the recent creation of the Basic Income Korean Network (BIKN), Koreans have now launched the Basic Income Coalition (BIC). According to BIEN, BIC held its inaugural event in Seoul on April 25. Fifty civil organizations and more than 770 people participated in this coalition. The aim of the BIC is to support candidates in favor of Basic Income in

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UNITED KINGDOM: New government scrapes the child trust fund

The new Conservative/Liberal-Democratic coalition government of Great Britain has announced that it will rescind the one step in the direction of a universal basic income made by the previous Labour government. In 2002, the Labour government created “the Child Trust Fund” which gave each child born in Britain that year a 250GBP plus another 250GBP when reaching ate 7. The

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