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Finland: Governmental announcement for the basic income experiment: the ministry’s comments, experts’ concerns

As we’ve already reported here, Finland’s Ministry of Social Affairs and Health has announced their most recent move in a plan to launch a basic income experiment. On 25th August the Ministry canvassed for the Finnish public’s opinion on a bill regarding a basic income experiment. Here is a follow up with the Ministry’s comments and experts’ responses. Liisa Siika-aho, director,

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INDIA: Economist declares the UBI debate not over

By Financial Times [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Abhijit V. Banerjee. Credit to: Financial Times On June 18, The Indian Express—an English-language daily newspaper, published an article about the Swiss vote on UBI. The piece titled “The best way to welfare,” was written by Abhijit V. Banerjee, a professor of economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. (His book—co-authored by Esther Duflo—Poor Economics: A Radical Rethinking of the Way to

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CANADA: Ontario reaches further into basic income implementation

Hugh Segal (credit to: Basic Income Canada Network) Ontario’s political leadership aims at economic growth and job creation. That is particularly clear in the most recent News Release, announcing that the provincial government has appointed Special Advisor Hugh Segal to “help inform the design and implementation of the pilot”.  Mr. Segal’s involvement will be of a technical nature, such as

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FRANCE: Will France be the next European country to start basic income tests?

Article originally written in French by Basile Durand (MFRB), translated by Henri Geist (MFRB). Answering the meteoric surge of interest provoked by the Finnish proposition to experiment with the basic income, the MFRB organized a conference on March third regarding UBI pilot programs and the Finnish Embassy in Paris. This conference was aimed at promoting understanding of the Finnish proposals

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UGANDA: New Two-Year Basic Income Pilot Project

Beginning in January 2017, the non-profit organization Eight will be awarding a basic income to all 50 households in a village in the Fort Portal region of Uganda. The two-year project will be the basis of a scientific report as well as a documentary film, Village One. Eight (so-named because 8 euros a week provides a basic income for one adult and

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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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Alternative Models Considered for Finland’s BI Pilot

Last November, Finland’s plans to test a basic income caught the attention of international media. Although the experiments are still some months away (scheduled to begin in 2017), the Finnish Social Insurance Institution (KELA) has continued to make strides in investigating the possibilities for a basic income. KELA has recently published a working paper that reviews the current state of

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