Benchmarking development aid

Jacquelline Fuller in the Harvard Business Review: “…GiveDirectly has a new concept: What if cash transfers are used as a standard benchmark against which to measure all development aid? What if every nonprofit that focused on poverty alleviation had to prove they could do more for the poor with a dollar than the poor could […]

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Global Impact Award from Google

We are pleased to announce that GiveDirectly has received a $2.4M Global Impact Award from Google. Two things excite us about this project. First, over 90% of the award ($2.21M) is earmarked for direct cash transfers to the poor. Delivering these funds will enable thousands of families to pursue their own goals with no strings […]

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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 (archive link) includes some interesting ideas.

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