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Why Giving Cash Helps Alleviate Poverty

Authors: Christopher Blattman, and Paul Niehaus
May/June 2014
Foreign Affairs

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Every year, wealthy countries spend billions of dollars to help the world's poor, paying for cows, goats, seeds, beans, textbooks, business training, microloans, and much more. Such aid is designed to give poor people things they can't afford or the tools and skills to earn more. Much of this aid undoubtedly works. But even when assistance programs accomplish things, they often do so in a tremendously expensive and inefficient way.

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