Direct cash transfers show promise as anti-poverty tool

The evidence base is growing for the effectiveness of giving cash directly to the poor.

A new report from Britain’s Independent Commission on Aid Impact (ICAI) found the U.K.’s cash transfer programs delivered “increasing incomes and consumption levels for the poorest households, with modest but positive effects on savings, asset accumulation and debt reduction.”

In East Africa, GiveDirectly, a non-profit that gives money unconditionally to families via mobile phones, has raised $140 million from donors in the last four years.

Photo credit: UNDG

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