Reflections from a trip to Kenya

One of our donors recently spent five days with our team in Kenya and shared his reflections. We found them thoughtful, candid, and insightful, and asked to republish them here. — Carlos Dominguez Context note: I work at a financial firm in NYC. This firm has an “employee philanthropy bulletin board” where people discuss their […]

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Some basic (income) questions, answered

“Cash transfers… universal basic income, what’s the difference?”  That’s the question a lot of people have been asking us recently. The short answer: a universal basic income (UBI) is a type of cash transfer. As the name suggests, there are three discrete conditions that need to be met to consider a cash transfer a UBI: […]

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How you can help

With just a few days left in 2016, GiveDirectly continues to raise funds to support families living in extreme poverty. You can help by donating directly now or by taking the time to do any of the below: Help close the $7M funding gap for Universal Basic Income which represents roughly 5,000 individuals in poverty […]

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Uncurated communication from recipients

In addition to enrolling 31,000 new families and launching the world’s first long term, universal basic income study in 2016, GiveDirectly also released GDLive – a new way to receive unfiltered, unedited communication from cash transfer recipients. This product is made possible by our end-to-end (donor to recipient’s door) operating model, in which we collect […]

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The largest basic income experiment in history

The second milestone for cash in 2016 (see here for Part 1) was GiveDirectly’s launch of the first long-term Universal Basic Income evaluation in history. Over the last twelve months, cash transfers have moved toward center stage in international policy circles under a new name, Universal Basic Income (UBI). While there has been much debate, […]

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On GiveDirectly’s use of paid media

We’ve received a couple of questions about an online advertising campaign for GiveDirectly that’s been running on Facebook and general banner ads. The ad inventory for the campaign was donated by a corporate partner, and so comes at zero cost to GiveDirectly aside from staff time. We are not yet sure what role advertising has […]

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On GiveWell’s recommendation

GiveWell has just recognized GiveDirectly as one of their top rated charities for the fifth year running. We’re proud to have been recognized as the “strongest” on every dimension of organizational performance, and are excited to see GiveWell adopting cash transfers as a benchmark for their evaluations. But perhaps most importantly, GiveWell has recognized our […]

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Update regarding GiveDirectly’s use of Segovia

GiveDirectly’s Board has voted to award Segovia a commercial contract to provide the technological platform needed to deliver $40 million this year to poor households in East Africa. GiveDirectly began with the most basic of technologies: one person with a laptop processing a few hundred payments each month. The scale of the operation has grown […]

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