Vetting Centers and Charities

What:

GiveDirectly helps extremely low-income households in developing countries by transferring cash via mobile phone payment services. It locates extremely poor communities using publicly available data and send field staff door-to-door to collect data on poverty and enroll recipients. Criteria for targeting households vary by region, including aggregating a range of factors or looking at housing materials. It uses a set of independent checks to verify that recipients are eligible and did not pay bribes, such as physical back-checks, image verification, or data consistency checks. For example, GPS coordinates and crowdsourced labor can reveal irregularities. Once this step is complete, it transfers recipient households roughly $1,000 or a yearly budget for a typical household. Recipients receive an SMS alert and collect cash from a mobile money agent in their village or nearest town. Lastly, each recipient is called to verify receipt of funds, flag issues, and assess customer service. These measures are in addition to a hotline for inbound calls and, in some cases, in-person follow ups. Every month, thousands of people receive unconditional cash transfers from GiveDirectly that transform their lives. 

Where:

GiveDirectly operates in extremely impoverished communities in Kenya and Uganda.

Why: 

GiveDirectly uses this method because cash transfers have a strong evidence base. Rapid growth of mobile payment in emerging markets opened the door to delivering cash transfers securely and efficiently on an unprecedented scale. This process works in Kenya and Uganda because both have large populations living in extreme poverty but are reachable through electronic payment systems. Kenya's top payment system, M-Pesa, is a global leader while Uganda's payments systems are still developing, allowing GiveDirectly to test its ability to manage transfers under more challenging circumstances. 

GiveDirectly
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CHARITIES
Population Services International

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Feeding America

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Givedirectly

Category: Poverty

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Year Up

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Children's Literacy Initiative

Category: Education

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Nurse Family Partnership

Category: Health

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Development Media International

Category: Healthy

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Oxfam

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One Acre Fund

Category: Poverty

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AppleTree Institute for Education Innovation

Category: Education

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Educare

Category: Education

Vetting Center: Center for High Impact Philanthropy

Project Healthy Children

Category: Health

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