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Are Direct Cash Payments the Best Way to Address Poverty?

Mary Slosson

Development economists are increasingly arguing that giving cash to poor people is the best way to drive global development, instead of complicated voucher or in-kind schemes.

Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes is among those supporting the direct cash payments through groups like GiveDirectly, which has received glowing reviews for its efficiency in giving recently.

After all, being poor means not having enough money for critical services like health. More money is the simplest fix.

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  • End Trafficking

    Excellent article. UNICEF works with governments around the world to use cash transfers to help the likelihood of poverty being passed down from one generation to the next. Check out how the program has worked in Zambia:

    " transfers make a critical difference. It’s the difference between struggling and surviving, and in the long run, even thriving."

    "In the end, the ultimate goal of social-protection cash transfers is to give children an opportunity to grow into healthy, productive members of society."

    Thanks for sharing, Mary!