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Film review: Free Money

I admit that I’m a bit of a fan of Give Directly and of direct cash in principle. The arguments are compelling: direct cash hands power to developing communities – the very people who...

Reading, watching and listening recommendations

Sometimes it’s great to step back and reflect, learn and explore alternative views. Podcasts, documentaries, books and online articles are a great way to catch up. This is what the team at The Aid...

Local teams offer hope in Herat

When a major disaster happens, national and international government and humanitarian groups are immediately mobilised in the glare of world-wide media attention. They hit the ground in droves, distributing food, tools, machinery and setting...

Mobile phones are used to transfer cash

Is Cash King?

The debate about direct cash transfers has been going on for some time with organisations such as Give Directly arguing that simply giving people money without conditions is the most efficient way to lift...