Our emergency cash response for COVID-19

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 […]

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[Video] Cashout day in the Kiryandongo refugee settlement

GiveDirectly recently launched a $19M project saturating an entire refugee settlement with cash transfers. 10,000 refugee households and 5,000 host community households will receive transfers. Our team has been testing facilitated cashout events in the settlement, offering a central, easy-to-reach withdrawal location for recipients. We collected video footage on our second-ever cashout day in the settlement.

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Getting our bearings in Malawi

How big are villages in Malawi? The answer, our team has been learning, is not entirely straightforward. But it matters, for two key reasons: First, the randomized control trial we are running in partnership with USAID requires us to achieve a certain sample size (i.e. number of villages), within a budget constraint. If villages are […]

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GiveDirectly launches in the Democratic Republic of Congo

You may have read our recent announcement that operations are afoot in Liberia. We’re excited to announce that we’ll be expanding our program to a fifth country: the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). As with Liberia, we’re learning that for each new launch, some of our standard playbook carries over (e.g. Day 1: figure out […]

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GiveDirectly launching in Liberia

In 2009, our co-founder & President Michael landed in Nairobi, connected with a local M-Pesa staffer, and transferred money to a handful of families in an internal displacement camp (he might still have the handwritten ledger he used to keep records). It goes without saying that our maiden voyage setting up a country office involved […]

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