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Just give money to the poor : the development revolution from the global south

Author: Joseph Hanlon; Armando Barrientos; David Hulme
Publisher: Sterling, VA : Kumarian Press, 2010.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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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 fieldAmid 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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Material Type: Document
Document Type: Book, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Joseph Hanlon; Armando Barrientos; David Hulme
ISBN: 1565493907 9781565493902 1565493648 9781565493643
OCLC Number: 1241805728
Language Note: English.
Notes: Bibliographic Level Mode of Issuance: Monograph.
Description: 1 online resource (232 p.)
Contents: Introduction --
From alms to rights and north to south --
Cash transfers today --
Eating more --
and better --
Pro-poor growth: turning a $1 grant into $2 income --
To everyone or just a few? The targeting dilemma --
Identifying recipients --
Co-responsibility and services: the conditionality dilemma --
Cash transfers are practical in poor countries --
The way forward.
Responsibility: Joseph Hanlon, Armando Barrientos and David Hulme.

Abstract:

* 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 fieldAmid 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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