503: I Was Just Trying To Help

503: I Was Just Trying To Help

Aug 16, 2013
Stories of people doing the noble thing and stepping up to help, only to find out that others think what they're doing isn't helping at all. Planet Money looks at a charity that's decided to just give people money, and a sheriff in California devises a plan to let farmers grow weed — as long as they register with him.
  • Planet Money reporters David Kestenbaum and Jacob Goldstein went to Kenya to see the work of a charity called GiveDirectly in action. Instead of funding schools or wells or livestock, GiveDirectly has decided to just give money directly to the poor people who need it, and let them decide how to spend it. David and Jacob explain whether this method of charity works, and why some people think it's a terrible idea. (28 minutes) EconomicsPersonal Finance

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Bernard Omondi, a Kenyan who has received money from a charity called GiveDirectly. Photo by Jacob Goldstein. Click image to enlarge.

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