April 21, 2020 Update: We have officially launched Project 100. Project 100 is, by far, the most ambitious Covid-19 private direct payments initiative to date in the United States. March 19, 2020 Update: We have officially announced the launch of our program; you can find more details here. On March 18, 2020, we shared an […]
Candid thoughts from staff, donors, and recipients on our work and the broader movement towards cash transfers.
The last week has been an emotional one for many of us, and I hope that today we can provide a small channel for something more uplifting: a reflection of your collective compassion for the global poor and an honest look into their lives and the impact of your investments. Today, we launch GDLive, which […]
Cash Transfers, Conflict, and Assets that Earn their Keep
GiveDirectly’s work has always been guided by scientific evidence. When we began sending unconditional cash transfers to Kenyan villagers a few years ago, we had every reason to believe that the money would change recipients’ lives for the better. A motorcycle is one asset that can continue to generate income for years after the initial […]
Metal Roofs – A Lesson from the True Poverty Experts
Along with Paul and Chris, I spent last week in Rarieda Province Kenya, where I received a lesson in development from the poor themselves. A typical thatched roof in Kenya (right) must be replaced 1–2 times per year, at a cost of $100–$150, and is often a habitat for insects. A GiveDirectly recipient’s home (left), […]