GiveDirectly: Applying the golden rule?

Word of a new NGO is flitting round the blogosphere (hat tip: Duncan Green). It’s called GiveDirectly and it only does one thing: it gives poor families in Kenya $1,000 each over two years.

It looks like a great pilot. The founders quote impressive evidence that giving poor people money is a good way to help them tackle poverty.

Personally, I’m convinced. It’s not going to fix the causes of poverty, like making governments work for the poor, providing decent jobs or tackling discrimination. Those are all still crucially important. Continue reading

Putting theory into practice with the Joffe Charitable Trust

This year, I’ve been working with the Joffe Charitable Trust. It’s been a real privilege, working as a donor with some extraordinary organisations tackling poverty in sub Saharan Africa.

During the year, we’ve reviewed what the Trust funds and how it goes about selecting grants. We’ve applied some of the ideas set out in this website’s management agenda in an effort to maximise the contribution we make. Continue reading

Value for money – part two: DFID, OECD & ODI

I just watched a live streamed ODI / ActionAid event on Aid effectiveness and value for money. It was fascinating, tackling value for money at the level of government aid agencies like DFID. There are real similarities with the debate among NGOs. Continue reading