George, a 42-year-old Village Elder and father of six living in Western Kenya spoke to GiveDirectly about the process he went through when deciding how to spend his transfer. George’s village and George himself were randomly selected for this interview. The interview has been shortened for clarity and length. You can read the full transcript […]
Blog - Yearly Archives: 2015
Candid thoughts from staff, donors, and recipients on our work and the broader movement towards cash transfers.
This week in cash transfers
Africa: World Bank Helps Senegal Strengthen Social Safety Nets – AllAfrica – February 19, 2015 – Government of Senegal launched a 40.5 million dollar International Development Association credit to help Senegal establish the building blocks for a national social safety net system and provide targeted cash transfers to poor and vulnerable households Can Digital Cash […]
This week in cash transfers
Every so often, we’ll be sharing recent news about cash transfers from around the world. Here’s the latest: Cash transfers can plug PDS leakages: study – The Hindu – February 1, 2015 – study estimates that almost half of grains released through PDS did not reach intended beneficiaries in 2011-2012, and that cash transfers may […]
Announcement: Moving to our third district in Kenya
GiveDirectly is crossing an important milestone: after over two years working in Siaya district, we’re moving our enrollment teams to our third district in Kenya – Ugunja. This is an exciting moment for GiveDirectly because it’s a sign of the scale we’ve reached: we’ve now been to all the villages in a district that our […]
Government waiting rooms and definition deliberations
I often hear GiveDirectly cited as one of the most innovative players in the nonprofit sphere for giving out cash with no strings attached. Although that’s noteworthy, for me, what makes the organization exceptional is its team’s commitment to use rigorous, scientific evidence to inform, evaluate, and improve its program.For the past six months, I’ve […]
Conversations with the Kenya team
As a way of building connections among our teams in the US and Africa, GiveDirectly has set up regular international one-on-one chats between team members in Uganda, Kenya and the US. Of course a call or online chat isn’t as good as meeting with coworkers in person, but these short conversations are teaching me a […]
GiveDirectly has a song?
Recently, we found out that one of our recipients used his transfer to start a band; he bought instruments and hired seven other musicians and four dancers. They play paying gigs around their community and have even put out an album. Our favorite track is a song about GiveDirectly. It’s not only catchy and fun […]