Four questions to ask before you give

Giving effectively means asking tough questions. (We know; you all have been great about asking us some tough ones over the years.) With the holiday giving season coming up, here are the top four questions we ask before giving. Share this post and get some conversations going: Can I tell where my dollar (or pound, […]

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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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Our main goal is to learn – Cash in the News

Basic income featured prominently in the news this week with an op-ed on the shortcomings of the Finnish study in The New York Times, coverage from Vox dispelling common critiques of basic income, and a handful of articles about Silicon Valley’s rising interest in basic income. GiveDirectly’s CFO Joe Huston also spoke with Brazilian magazine […]

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Not everybody wants a goat – Cash in the News

In a 30-minute documentary, ABC Australia profiled GiveDirectly’s work in Kenya. They spoke at length with both Caroline Teti, our External Relations Director in Kenya, and Mitch Riley, our Regional Director. They also featured a range of GiveDirectly recipients, from one who used his transfer to start a band, to another who is growing hundreds […]

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Allocating the capital – Cash in the News

In an interview with Hamilton Nolan, GiveDirectly’s co-founder discusses the current state of the debate around basic income and the details of our experiment. Elsewhere, GiveDirectly’s basic income experiment was referenced in Fortune, Business Insider, and IndiaSpend, and GiveDirectly was mentioned in The Washington Post as part of a broader shift toward cash transfers in […]

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A broad swath of society – Cash in the News

In the last week, Hawaii’s lawmakers started discussing basic income and The Economist published a piece on Finland’s basic income experiment. GiveDirectly’s CFO, Joe Huston, spoke at the North American Basic Income Guarantee conference in New York, where he described in detail our own experiment, as well as some of the early qualitative results we’ve gathered […]

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Cost-effectiveness landscape – Cash in the News

At Oxford, co-founder Paul Niehaus talked with Stanford Professor Jim Ferguson about the future of cash transfers in a conversation that ranged from ethnography to economics. Sorosh Tavokoli, one of GiveDirectly’s donors, wrote a thoughtful piece on Medium on why, after five months of research, he decided that giving cash directly was one of the most cost-effective […]

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A powerful weapon in the arsenal – Cash in the News

In a long, thoughtful article on basic income, Jesse Walker describes the idea’s history from Thomas Paine, through President Nixon, to GiveDirectly and current debates. In a piece in Brookings, John McArthur, referencing GiveDirectly, focuses on basic income and developing countries and proposes that 66 countries could eliminate poverty with a simple basic income.GIVEDIRECTLY IN […]

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The time has come to find out – Cash in the News

This week one of GiveDirectly’s co-founders, Michael Faye, appeared on LinkedIn’s podcast, and all five of our basic income principal investigators co-authored an essay for LinkedIn’s featured weekend essay. Both pieces centered on how more evidence is needed in the basic income debate. Elsewhere, Mark Zuckerberg expressed support for basic income in his Harvard commencement […]

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