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Just Give Money to the Poor: The Development Revolution from the Global South

Hanlon, Joseph; Barrientos, Armando and Hulme, David (2010). Just Give Money to the Poor: The Development Revolution from the Global South. Sterling, VA, USA: Kumarian.

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Abstract

Amid all the complicated economic theories about the causes and solutions to poverty, one idea is so basic it seems radical: just give money to the poor. Despite its sceptics, researchers have found again and again that cash transfers given to significant portions of the population transform the lives of recipients. Countries from Mexico to South Africa to Indonesia are giving money directly to the poor and discovering that they use it wisely – to send their children to school, to start a business and to feed their families.

Directly challenging an aid industry that thrives on complexity and mystification, with highly paid consultants designing ever more complicated projects, Just Give Money to the Poor offers the elegant southern alternative – bypass governments and NGOs and let the poor decide how to use their money. Stressing that cash transfers are not charity or a safety net, the authors draw an outline of effective practices that work precisely because they are regular, guaranteed and fair. This book, the first to report on this quiet revolution in an accessible way, is essential reading for policymakers, students of international development and anyone yearning for an alternative to traditional poverty-alleviation methods.

Item Type: Book
Copyright Holders: 2010 Kumarian
ISBN: 1-56549-333-8, 978-1-56549-333-9
Extra Information: First three chapters available via Google Books.
Keywords: cash transfer; pension; child benefit; poverty trap; family benefit; family grant; bolsa familia; oportunidades; brazil; mexico; south africa; development; poverty
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Social Sciences and Global Studies > Development
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Social Sciences and Global Studies
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS)
Research Group: Innovation, Knowledge & Development research centre (IKD)
Item ID: 20877
Depositing User: Joseph Hanlon
Date Deposited: 15 Apr 2010 15:03
Last Modified: 06 Aug 2019 08:32
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/20877
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