A Basic Income is a periodic cash payment unconditionally delivered to all on an individual basis, without means-test or work requirement.

2020 Korea Basic Income Fair International Conference

The original plan was for an international conference in Korea in February 2020, but the coronavirus pandemic caused the event to be postponed. An international conference has now been held online, and a wide range of speakers and discussants from around the world...

A new European Citizens’ Initiative begins to collect signatures

On 25 September, the collection of statements of support for the European Citizens' Initiative will begin, with the ultimate aim of establishingUnconditional Basic Incomes throughout the European Union, in all 27 member states. In particular, the initiative calls on...

International Basic Income Week 2020

International Basic Income Week starts on the 14th September this year. The motto is ‘Freedom to Choose’. To read a longer article about International Basic Income Week 2020, click here Plan your events for 2020. Click here. The calendar of events can be found here....

Basic Income Grant in Namibia relaunch

From 2008 to 2009 Namibia hosted a globally significant Basic Income pilot project. The coalition behind the project relaunched today to ask for a Basic Income for Namibia. For details of the launch event click here. Speakers at the event included Uhuru Dempers (Desk...

The third Basic Income Conversation

BIEN has published its third Basic Income Conversation, this time about Brazil. In this conversation, Lena Lavinas and Leandro Ferreira debate the Covid pandemic, Brazil's response, and their relationship to the Basic Income debate. https://youtu.be/IfD7DbrDieA

BIEN Congress 2021

BIEN’s next annual congress will take place in Glasgow in Scotland from the 19th to the 22nd August 2021. Further details to follow.

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Bundestag considers emergency basic income petition

Berlin: A petition supported by several basic income groups in Germany, and signed by over 176,000 people, was debated by the Petitions Committee in the Bundestag on Monday 26 October. The petition called for a basic income of €1000 a month to be paid to all Germans...

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Council for European Studies conference, June 2021

Council for European Studies conference, June 2021

Call for Papers: Panel on the politics of Universal Basic Income. What role for activism(s)? This Call for Papers (CFP) is interested in empirical studies that look at the social and political processes related to the growing interest in universal basic income (UBI),...

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Results of BIEN’s 2020 ballots

Results of BIEN’s 2020 ballots

As no General Assembly could be held this year, as many of the General Assembly functions as possible were conducted by postal ballot. Executive Committee and other elections None of the Executive Committee or other posts due for election had more than one candidate...

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New research on the Kenya pilot project

New research on the Kenya pilot project

Innovations for Poverty Action has published a research paper, 'Effects of a Universal Basic Income During the Pandemic'. We examine some effects of Universal Basic Income (UBI) during the COVID-19 pandemic using a large-scale experiment in rural Kenya. Transfers...

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Mongolia’s resource-to-cash transfers

Mongolia’s resource-to-cash transfers

Mongolia is an East Asian country located between the two giant powers of the world: China in the South, and Russia in the north. As a classic example of a mineral-rich developing country, Mongolia has an export-driven economy in which 90% of the exports come from its...

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An online ‘march’ for Basic Income

An online ‘march’ for Basic Income

‘UBI-Talk on our Walk’: A Zoom based (due pandemic) Basic Income March; ‘UBI-Talk on our Walk’, which will be facilitated by 'Worldwide Meetings of UBI Advocates and UBI Networks' and organized by UBI Networks, to be held on 19th of September 2020, Saturday, at GMT...

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