Fighting Poverty Through Direct Cash Transfers — A Conversation With GiveDirectly’s Paul Niehaus

Fighting Poverty Through Direct Cash Transfers — A Conversation With GiveDirectly’s Paul Niehaus

Date and Time

  • Wednesday, February 13, 2019 from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Location

Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice, Peace and Justice Theatre

5998 Alcala Park San Diego, CA 92110

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Traditional approaches to fighting poverty are often heavily paternalistic. Both domestic welfare policies and international development programs usually employ a top-down approach, where the needs of the poor are determined by experts, and the aid itself is often made conditional on meeting various requirements set out by those experts.

But over the past several years, a new approach has begun to gain international attention. That approach involves a radical, simple idea: giving the poor cash, and letting them decide what to do with it, no strings attached.

Paul Niehaus is an associate professor in the department of economics at UC San Diego and co-founder of Give Directly and Segovia, two organizations dedicated to finding innovative ways to transfer resources to underserved communities. He is globally respected for his work on universal basic income and was named by Foreign Policy as one of its leading 100 "Global Thinkers" in 2013. In this talk, he will discuss his work with GiveDirectly in establishing a universal basic income in rural Kenya, and other efforts to fight poverty through direct cash transfers both internationally, and right here in the United States. 

Please note: This event is free and no RSVP is required.

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This event is open to the public

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Justin Prugh
jprugh@sandiego.edu
(619) 260-7573

Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies

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