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We aim to reshape international giving. We’re backed by GiveWell, Google.org and – most importantly – rigorous evidence.

Evidence

Earnings

+34%

Assets

+58%

Hunger

42%

Our impact on recipient households has been documented by a rigorous third-party experimental evaluation (RCT), considered the gold standard for evidence. Read more [pdf]

Performance

We're averaging 91 cents per dollar placed directly in the hands of the poor.

91%

We're averaging $0.91 per dollar placed directly in the hands of the poor. Read more

What We Do

Technology is transforming
development.

We deliver payments electronically and use advanced tools to manage logistics and fraud. See how we do it

Evidence

4

RCTs underway or completed

We address policy questions that keep emerging-market leaders up at night. Studies in progress examine the optimal design and macroeconomic impact of transfers. Read more

Performance

Performance relative to target (click to verify)

the number of households a field officer visits per day, relative to a target of 12 Verify this [csv]

the percent of questions about GiveDirectly that recipients answer correctly, relative to a target of 100%

the average time from census to token payment, normalized to a target of 63 days Verify this [csv]

the percent of recipients we reach by phone for follow up, relative to a target of 100% Verify this [csv]

We publish our internal performance data in real time. In December, productivity rebounded—though not yet to historical averages—as newly hired field officers gained experience. Speed peaked as the team pushed hard to meet enrollment targets for 2014.

Discussion

You might have seen charity appeals to send a goat or cow this holiday season.

Well, we don’t send livestock; we send cash. Beyond its effectiveness, what’s really exciting is the flexibility and freedom it provides recipients. Read the blog post