Meet Ann: A Refugee and GiveDirectly Field Officer

About 30% of GiveDirectly staff on the GiveDirectly Kiryandongo refugee team are refugees themselves. GiveDirectly has historically been hesitant to hire staff directly from the community for fraud mitigation reasons. For this project, however, working with refugees who are familiar with the physical layout and cultural context of the settlement in addition to speaking multiple languages not native to Uganda was a significant advantage. In order to address fraud concerns, GiveDirectly has implemented a two step enrollment process and employs an independent internal audit team.

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What’s the best way to help the people who supply the things we buy every day?

Our latest research in 4 sentences: Over the course of 3 payments in 4 months, GiveDirectly delivered $1,000 to 3,415 households in coffee growing communities. One year later, we surveyed them to measure their economic well-being and coffee production. Recipients of the cash consumed more, earned more, had more assets, and greater food security. Also, coffee […]

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Solving the last mile payment challenge in Liberia

Think of the longest ATM line you’ve seen in the US…and multiply it by 80. On the World Bank index of ATMs per 100,000 people, Liberia comes in at fewer than 2 (by comparison, the US has 174). Not surprisingly, it’s the kind of place where delivering cash as an aid intervention is often deemed […]

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