Show Them the Money

Blattman, Christopher; Niehaus, Paul
May 2014
Foreign Affairs;May2014, Vol. 93 Issue 3, p117
The authors offer opinions on international economic assistance to poor people in developing countries. It is argued that existing programs offering poor people goods and services designed to increase development such as payment for agricultural supplies, business training and livestock are an overly expensive and inefficient means of mitigating poverty. Research on economic assistance conducted by nonprofit organizations and by the World Bank is cited in support of the contention that direct cash payments to poor people is the most effective means of mitigating poverty and increasing economic development.


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