Allocating the capital – Cash in the News

In an interview with Hamilton Nolan, GiveDirectly’s co-founder discusses the current state of the debate around basic income and the details of our experiment. Elsewhere, GiveDirectly’s basic income experiment was referenced in Fortune, Business Insider, and IndiaSpend, and GiveDirectly was mentioned in The Washington Post as part of a broader shift toward cash transfers in […]

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A broad swath of society – Cash in the News

In the last week, Hawaii’s lawmakers started discussing basic income and The Economist published a piece on Finland’s basic income experiment. GiveDirectly’s CFO, Joe Huston, spoke at the North American Basic Income Guarantee conference in New York, where he described in detail our own experiment, as well as some of the early qualitative results we’ve gathered […]

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Cost-effectiveness landscape – Cash in the News

At Oxford, co-founder Paul Niehaus talked with Stanford Professor Jim Ferguson about the future of cash transfers in a conversation that ranged from ethnography to economics. Sorosh Tavokoli, one of GiveDirectly’s donors, wrote a thoughtful piece on Medium on why, after five months of research, he decided that giving cash directly was one of the most cost-effective […]

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A powerful weapon in the arsenal – Cash in the News

In a long, thoughtful article on basic income, Jesse Walker describes the idea’s history from Thomas Paine, through President Nixon, to GiveDirectly and current debates. In a piece in Brookings, John McArthur, referencing GiveDirectly, focuses on basic income and developing countries and proposes that 66 countries could eliminate poverty with a simple basic income.GIVEDIRECTLY IN […]

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The time has come to find out – Cash in the News

This week one of GiveDirectly’s co-founders, Michael Faye, appeared on LinkedIn’s podcast, and all five of our basic income principal investigators co-authored an essay for LinkedIn’s featured weekend essay. Both pieces centered on how more evidence is needed in the basic income debate. Elsewhere, Mark Zuckerberg expressed support for basic income in his Harvard commencement […]

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Improving our call center

Our call center team is a critical part of GiveDirectly’s work in Kenya – it includes about 20 staff, who are based in our main office in Nairobi and handle a range of recipient-facing issues. They contact recipients to confirm that transfers are received successfully and they capture recipient responses for GDLive. The call center […]

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Peer-to-peer aid – Cash in the News

In a long podcast on GiveDirectly’s basic income pilot, Vox‘s “Weeds” interviews GD co-founder Michael Faye as well as several recipients of our basic income program in Western Kenya. This piece deals with a range of issues — from recipient choice to social welfare policy and more — while featuring some of the most important […]

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Consquences matter – Cash in the News

In The Boston Review this week, our cofounders Michael Faye and Paul Niehaus explained the current state of the evidence on basic income and how our groundbreaking trial fits into the past literature on the subject. Peter Diamandis also wrote about basic income in the context of GiveDireclty’s pilot, writing that GiveDireclty’s experiment is “the […]

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