One of our recommended economic development charities, GiveDirectly, believes that giving cash to beneficiaries — no strings attached — empowers them to decide for themselves how best to use it.
There is strong evidence across many well-designed studies that direct cash transfers are efficacious.
One thing all the best economic development charities have in common is the belief that empowering women is critical in lifting the most vulnerable communities out of poverty. Women need support to overcome discrimination, barriers to employment and savings, lack of access to supplies and training, and cultural assumptions that perpetuate inequality.
Empowering women is critical in lifting the most vulnerable communities out of poverty.