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Extreme Poverty as a Choice

The world is wonderful. The world is terrible. Let’s choose again.

The State of the World

The world is wonderful

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The world is terrible

The Economist reports on the lifestyle of Teodoro Nguema Obiang Mangue (known as Teodorín), Vice President of Equatorial Guinea and son of the President.
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Sidenote: int.-$

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The world is even more terrible

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The Great Dissonance

Talk is cheap

The cultures that (don’t) give

Making momentous mistakes

Giving from the bottom of the heart

But when it works…

Taking a Second Look at Aid

Solving global problems

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Building national infrastructure

Nailing local implementation

Living the best individual life

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Cash Transfers: An Overview

Supporting 1.2 million poor Malawians

The silver bullet

No strings attached

The never-ending story

A glass half full

The right tool for the right job

Alright, but won’t they spend it all on cigarettes?

Cash Transfers: The Objections

Evidence limitations

Will cash transfers lead to…?

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… waste?

… increased unemployment?

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… increased fertility?

… increased inflation?

Fine, but aren’t there better options?

Cash Transfers: The Alternatives

The painkiller and the cast

Short-term remedies to extreme poverty

The logical argument

From the short term to the long term

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Balancing the short term and the long term

Cash Transfers: The Costs

A quick primer on cash transfer program costs

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The cost of safety nets around the world

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The cost of eradicating extreme poverty in Tanzania

The bottom line

Eradicating Poverty: The Funding

Global leadership, with the World Bank at the helm

National commitments, fulfilled

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Charities obsessed with problems, not solutions

Your money and your voice

Eradicating Poverty: The Vision

daily cash transfer = int.-$1.90 — current daily consumption

The guiding principles

The vision

The recipients

The safety net

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The funding system

Charity fundraising

National donor registers

The global safety net

Let’s Choose Again

daily cash transfer = int.-$1.90 — current daily consumption

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