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Podcast: An experiment in Kenya

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[embedded content]Alphachat is available on Acast, iTunes and Stitcher.UBI in Kenya[00:47]Annie Lowrey discusses her recent piece in the New York Times Magazine, “The Future of Not Working”, about the implementation of a universal basic income in Kenyan villages. The pilot project is the work of GiveDirectly, a US-based nonprofit.An excerpt from her story:The nonprofit is in the process of registering roughly 40 more villages with a total of 6,000 adult residents, giving those people a guaranteed, 12-year-long, poverty-ending income. An additional 80 villages, with 11,500 residents all together, will receive a two-year basic income. With this initiative, GiveDirectly — with an office in New York and funded in no small part by Silicon Valley — is starting the world’s first true test of a universal basic income. The idea is perhaps most in vogue in chilly, left-leaning places, among them Canada, Finland, the Netherlands and Scotland. But many economists think it might have the most promise in places with poorer populations, like India and sub-Saharan Africa.GiveDirectly wants to show the world that a basic income is a cheap, scalable way to aid the poorest people on the planet. “We have the resources to eliminate extreme poverty this year,” Michael Faye, a founder of GiveDirectly, told me. But these resources are often misallocated or wasted.

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