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Is giving money directly to the poor the best way to eradicate poverty?

Allison Jones

From Fast Company: CCTs (Conditional Cash Transfer) transfer cash directly to recipients who fulfill certain criteria such as enrolling their children in school, finding regular medical care, vaccinations, and other programs. Families can use the program to escape their day-to-day survival mode precluding any significant investment in the future.

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  • Marc Brakken

    I'm not sure that money, an object entailed in creating poverty by enforcing false scarcity, is the way out of poverty. We've been running that experiment for decades, if not centuries. At what point do we decide the premise is false and try to find alternate approaches? Poverty isn't a lack of money. Poverty is the enforcement of a regime that declares those of us without money, by choice or by force, unworthy of noble lives.

  • Anna Silverman

    "If we are unwilling to accept the multifaceted nature of extreme poverty, our responses to it are doomed to come up short." We need multifaceted approaches to this infinitely complex issue.

  • DawnSarai

    I think having CCTs in place is a great idea, the focus should be on what we can do to eradicate poverty vs. being so concerned about punishing the few who take advantage of people willing to help. Great article, thanks for sharing Allison.