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

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

by Joseph Hanlon, Armando Barrientos, David Hulme
     
 

ISBN-10: 1565493346

ISBN-13: 9781565493346

Pub. Date: 04/28/2010

Publisher: Kumarian Press, Inc.

* Argues strongly for overlooked approach to development by showing how the poor use money in ways that confound stereotypical notions of aid and handouts
* Team authored by foremost scholars in the development field

Amid all the complicated economic theories about the causes and solutions to poverty, one idea is so basic it seems radical: just give money

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* Argues strongly for overlooked approach to development by showing how the poor use money in ways that confound stereotypical notions of aid and handouts
* Team authored by foremost scholars in the development field

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 skeptics, 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.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781565493346
Publisher:
Kumarian Press, Inc.
Publication date:
04/28/2010
Pages:
218
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

1) Introduction; 2) From alms to rights; 3) Does it make a difference?; 4) Economic impacts – poor people are different; 5) To everyone or just a few?; 6) Do poor people need conditions and compulsion?; 7) Finding money and paying it; 8) Not quite so simple; 9) The way forward

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