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KENYA: FROM UNCONDITIONAL CASH TRANSFERS TOWARDS UNCONDITIONAL BASIC INCOME, a Randomized Controlled Trial to Come

In a recent IMPAKTER interview, as part of a series exploring the UN Sustainable Development Goals, Ian Bassin (Chief Operating Officer, Domestic, of GiveDirectly), explains how his organization is moving from unconditional cash transfers (UCTs) towards unconditional basic income (UBI) in Kenya.  GiveDirectly traditionally provides UCTs to the extremely poor, operating in Kenya and Uganda. “We started our program in

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Johannes Haushofer and Jeremy Shapiro, “The Short-Term Impact of Unconditional Cash Transfers to the Poor: Experimental Evidence from Kenya”

Johannes Haushofer and Jeremy Shapiro have published “The Short-Term Impact of Unconditional Cash Transfers to the Poor: Experimental Evidence from Kenya” in The Quarterly Journal of Economics. The article analyzes GiveDirectly’s unconditional cash transfers to poor households in western Kenya, and examines their impact on consumption and psychological wellbeing.

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WORLD: The charity GiveDirectly will start a major basic income trial in Kenya

GiveDirectly, a charity which has used direct cash distribution in one-time, lump-sum payments to fight poverty in Africa, announced it will launch a full basic income trial. The project will involved at least 30 million dollars and academic support from leading researchers at the MIT. The charity is relying on donations from all around the world. The trail will fully adopt the basic income model by making

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Thom Hartmann, “What’s Good About Guaranteed Basic Income”

  In this post Hartmann makes the case for a basic income guarantee (BIG), citing conservative mainstays like personal responsibility and the perceived inefficiency of social safety net programs. He compares the results of BIG experiments in developing and developed nations, and contrasts the benefits of basic income with the negative results of overwork simply to survive. Hartmann argues that a BIG could

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Leila Gharagozloo-Pakkala, “Social protection may be the key to uplifting Africa’s poor”

The author discusses the success of unconditional cash transfer programs in reducing poverty and providing a number of benefits. Cash transfer programs are a form of basic income limited to those with low income. Leila Gharagozloo-Pakkala, “Social protection may be the key to uplifting Africa’s poor”, Mail & Guardian, 2014 November 17

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AUDIO: David Kestenbaum and Jacob Goldstein: Several National Public Radio reports on GiveDirectly, a charity that gives unconditional grants as form of development aid

[Jason Burke Murphy – USBIG] Reporters David Kestenbaum and Jacob Goldstein interview the founders of GiveDirectly and travel to a village in Kenya where they gave many inhabitants $1,000 with no conditions. Most of these recipients were getting by spending about that same amount every year. Reporters were able to verify that many recipients made purchases with long-term beneficial consequences.

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