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