GiveWell review complete

GiveWell has completed its full review of GiveDirectly and rated us a “standout organization.” GiveWell’s recommendations are extremely selective: they look in depth at both operations and impact, and ultimately recommend only 1% of the organizations they review.

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Dialogue on BBC’s Newshour

Paul recorded a discussion on cash transfers for the BBC with Duncan Green of Oxfam and Mike Jennings of the School of Oriental and African Studies. The (heavily edited) recording is available, and Duncan’s follow-up blog post includes some interesting ideas.

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Media coverage

GiveDirectly has been receiving media attention from Time Magazine and NPR, among others. Some highlights: Time Magazine’s Moneyland blog called our approach “radical, if obvious.” They ask: “Instead of using charitable donations to set up elaborate programs (and to cover hefty administrative costs for those programs), all in the name of helping the poor, why […]

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Lampert Family Foundation grant

GiveDirectly is pleased to acknowledge a $100,000 grant from the Lampert Family Foundation.The Foundation seeks out novel, unorthodox opportunities for philanthropic investment with the potential to generate extraordinary returns to society. This unrestricted grant will be used primarily for transfers to Kenyan households.

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NIH evaluation grant

Field staff in Kenya have launched a large-scale evaluation of GiveDirectly’s work, funded by the National Institutes of Health and led by Dr. Johannes Haushofer of the University of Zurich in collaboration with GiveDirectly’s board. The evaluation will use the gold-standard randomized controlled trial methodology to provide rigorous evidence on the impacts of cash transfer. […]

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