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Thursday, September 28 • 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Why Not Cash? A Conversation about How Development’s Simplest Idea Came to Be Its Most Proven Intervention

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Cash transfers are one of the most widely researched and proven development interventions in use today. Cash has predictable effects on improving people’s consumption and livelihoods in the short term, but it has also been found to have impacts on education, health, entrepreneurship, financial inclusion, and nutrition. Part of USAID’s mission statement is to end extreme poverty. Although it is an over-simplification, the “cost” of closing the poverty gap - the distance between what the poor currently make and the threshold for poverty ($1.90/day) - is now less than the total amount of money developed nations currently spend on foreign aid. Join us for a discussion with leading cash transfer practitioners and researchers about the robust evidence base underlying cash transfers and the potential for cash transfers to accelerate the elimination of extreme poverty and alleviate suffering in humanitarian crises.  

Moderators
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Daniel Handel

Senior Advisor on Aid Effectiveness, U.S. Global Development Lab, USAID
Daniel Handel is the Senior Advisor on Aid Effectiveness in USAID’s Global Development Lab.  His primary responsibility is to oversee the Agency’s work on cash benchmarking, an approach to use household grants as a tool for improved cost-effectiveness of USAID programming.  He is an economist and foreign service officer with overseas tours in Nicaragua and Rwanda... Read More →

Speakers
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Chris Blattman

Ramalee E. Pearson Professor of Global Conflict Studies, University of Chicago
As a faculty member in The Pearson Institute for the Study and Resolution of Global Conflicts, Christopher Blattman is helping the Institute pursue its global mission by focusing on some of the biggest social challenges in Africa and Latin America: conflict, crime, and state building. Blattman is passionately engaged with such questions as... Read More →
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Ruco Van Der Merwe

Food Security and Markets Advisor, Office of Food for Peace, USAID
Ruco Van Der Merwe is an emergency relief and food security specialist with a track record in designing, managing, evaluating and providing technical support to programming across varied disaster contexts (slow on-set, rapid on-set and complex emergencies). He has proved adept at... Read More →
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Piali Mukhopadhyay

Chief Operating Officer, GiveDirectly
Piali holds a master's degree in public administration from Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and a bachelor's degree from MIT. She has extensive field experience working with non-governmental organizations in India, Nepal, Thailand... Read More →
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Radha Rajkotia

Director for Economic Recovery and Development, International Rescue Committee
I believe in the power of markets to support people and the power of people to build strong and successful lives for themselves. I lead IRC's economic portfolio to help support people and markets to ensure economic and social impact. I value creativity, questioning and the eterna... Read More →


Thursday September 28, 2017 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Continental Room B Ronald Reagan Building & International Trade Center