Update on UBI and the Kenyan election

Folks, We’ve decided to postpone the launch of our basic income initiative in Kenya until after the new election. Earlier this month Kenya’s Supreme Court voted to nullify the August 8th presidential election results. Presidential candidate Ralia Odinga challenged sitting president Uhuru Kenyatta’s 54% win and appealed to the Supreme Court that the election had […]

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Let them decide – Cash in the News

A story about G​ive​D​irectly​’s ​universal basic income initiative came out last week, airing multiple times on All Things Considered with a feature on the front page of NPR’s homepage. ​The piece was the first in a series about unconditional cash transfers​ and their potential to end extreme poverty. Elsewhere, a new tech founder joined the […]

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Why We Invested: GiveDirectly’s Basic Income Experiment

Omidyar Network’s Tracy Williams and Mike Kubzansky describe why Omidyar is investing in GiveDirectly’s basic income experiment. Omidyar Network’s foundational belief that empowering people frees them to better themselves, their families, and their communities has great evidence in the growing literature around the benefits of cash transfers. In these programs, low income individuals who receive […]

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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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