Check out this fascinating piece about how well cash transfers --the simple process of providing money directly to poor people--seem to work. In addition to the program results, the article offers a quick summary of attitudes about poverty from the left and the right, each of which (the article suggests) makes the problem more complicated than it needs to be and therefore the solutions more expensive than they need to be.
The Nonprofiteer is tempted to add that direct cash transfers to women are likely to be more effective than those to men. This isn't merely feminist special pleading--plenty of research shows that women tend to spend money on food, clothing and their children, while men tend to spend it on tobacco, liquor and prostitutes.
But if we only gave money directly and unconditionally to 51% of the world's population, imagine the change that could be wrought!
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