To end poverty, guarantee everyone in Canada $20,000 a year. But are you willing to trust the poor? Nicole Gray, a 24-year-old single mother living in Victoria, feels like a "beggar" every time she has to go into a government office and ask for help to pay her bills.
She has finished her diploma to be an office medical assistant despite having gotten pregnant as a teenager. But job losses and the difficulty of raising her son, now 7, on her own have made her income unpredictable. Meanwhile, she says, the system is suspicious of every request and doubts every word. Two Memoirs Tell the History of the Alaska Dividend. A Review Essay Alaska’s Permanent Fund Dividend is closer to a basic income than almost any other policy in the world today.
The lessons of how it was created and how it became so popular and successful are extremely important to the basic income movement. Two autobiographies available now tell different parts of the story of the Alaska Dividend. Alaska’s Permanent Fund Dividend: A policy ripe for export — Maine Opinion. In April I had the privilege of participating in a workshop in Anchorage with seven other co-authors of our forthcoming book on Alaska’s Permanent Fund Dividend, the only example in the world of a universal dividend paid to all citizens based on commonly owned natural resources, in this case the oil from Alaska’s North Slope.
The Alaska Permanent Fund was created over 30 years ago as a way to save oil revenue for the future and avoid the “resource curse,” the boom and bust cycle that afflicts many economies rich in resources. TEDxBologna - Bruna Pereira and Marcus Brancaglione - Citizen Basic Income in Brasil - 3 Translation. Revenu garanti pour tous : quand la réalité devance l'utopie - Réduction des inégalités. Revenu de base : une énième utopie ? The Citizen’s Basic Income to Help the Transition to Democracy. Essay presented to UN Regional Commissions’ High Level Meeting on Transition to Democracy, Beirut, Lebanon, January 15 and 16, 2012 It is an honor for me to be invited to participate in this “United Nations Regional Commissions’ High Level Meeting on Transition to Democracy”, in this panel on “Balancing Growth and Social Justice”, concerning mainly the Arab Countries, held in Beirut, Lebanon, on January 15 and 16, 2012.
This is a highly relevant opportunity to exchange ideas about the experiences of so many countries in the five continents about how we can raise the level of justice in our societies so as to live with a sense of solidarity and peace. In his “The Idea of Justice” (Penguin Books, 2009), the Nobel Prize economist Amartya Sen tells us about the importance of searching for justice, of building democracy, of the government built by debate, as well as of the nature, the viability and the extent of the demands of human rights.
A Town Without Poverty?: Canada's only experiment in guaranteed income finally gets reckoning. September 5, 2011 Canada's only experiment in guaranteed income finally gets reckoning.
Pas de revenu minimum garanti sans analyse. On a beaucoup parlé récemment des façons de calculer le taux de pauvreté.
Une solution qui refait surface pour la combattre est le revenu minimum garanti. Des personnalités aussi différentes que Milton Friedman, Martin Luther King et Charles Sirois ont proposé et défendu l'idée. Au Québec, elle sera sans doute présente lors des prochaines élections, puisque aussi bien l'Action démocratique que le nouveau parti de gauche en voie de formation y sont favorables. INDIA: Basic Income Pilot Projects are underway. Although barely reported in the media, two basic income pilot projects are have been underway in India since January 2011. One pilot is being conducted in part of Delhi and the other in eight small rural villages in Madhya Pradesh.
The Self Employed Women’s Association (SEWA) began planning and raising money for the rural project in 2008. MONGOLIA: Government takes steps toward implementing an Alaskan-style BIG. The coalition government of Mongolia is taking steps to make good on promises made in the 2008 election to introduce an Alaska-style resource dividend.
Mongolia is a large, sparsely populated land-locked country sandwiched between Russian and China. Poverty in Latin America: New thinking about an old problem. PLENTY is a seasonal crop in Ocara, a parched district of Ceará, a state in Brazil's north-east.
Most of its inhabitants piece together a living from odd jobs and family gardens until September, when the annual harvest of cashew nuts brings relief like a long-awaited rain. Recently, the contrast between fat months and lean ones has become less marked, for Ocara's poorest citizens are now drawing a year-round stipend from the government. BRAZIL: ReCivitas continues to expand private-funded BIG. ReCivitas, the Brazilian organization that distributes a privately-funded basic income in a small village in Brazil, now has a pro-bono partnership with the biggest tax law office in Latin America, Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr. and Quiroga.
This partnership will give ReCivitas legal support for contracts for people who invest in the BIG Bank that supports the initiative. The BIG Bank, started by ReCivitas only a few weeks ago, already has 500,000 Brazilian Reals (About US$310,000)—thanks to donations and investments from as far a way as Japan. A small part of the interest to this fund will support the Basic Income, but the amount of investments in the fund is already enough to ensure that the project is sustainable at its current level. The organizers of ReCivitas say that the fund is very conservative and ethical and that the fund manager is one of the biggest in Brazil, Credit Suisse Heding-Griffo. Brazil: Happy families. Brazil's Bolsa Família: How to get children out of jobs and into school.
Alaska Dividend Blog. Basic income is a regular unconditional cash grant paid to all citizens without any means test or work requirement.
It’s often dismissed as a utopian idea. However, a basic income, or something very close to it, exists today in Alaska. It’s called the Permanent Fund Dividend (PFD) or sometimes “the Alaska Dividend.” The PFD has been paying annual dividends to Alaskans since 1982 with no conditions except citizenship, residency, and the willingness to fill out a form. After following the Alaska Dividend since 1999, and I want to share six lessons that supporters of progressive economic policy should learn from what I call “the Alaska model,” but first some basic background. Le revenu de base en Namibie : une alternative à l'aide au développement ? Nous vous présentons ici une reportage édifiant sur l'expérience du revenu de base en Namibie, publié le 10 août 2009 dans l'hebdomadaire allemand "der Spiegel" et traduit en français par nos soins: Les miracles du revenu minimum garanti en Namibie. Happy but unequal Namibia: On we go.
A New Approach to Aid: How a Basic Income Program Saved a Namibian Village. The full, red Namibian sun is setting outside his living room window, the workers are returning to their corrugated metal huts, and Siggi von Lüttwitz is hitting a wooden table with the palm of his hand to explain why the experiment cannot work. NAMIBIA: Basic Income Grant: 'Let Others Taste What We Have Tasted'
WINDHOEK, Feb 16, 2011 (IPS) - A universal Basic Income Grant (BIG) would create laziness and dependence among Namibia’s poor, say politicians. A daring pilot project set out to prove that this untrue. IPS spoke to one of the beneficiaries of the BIG. NAMIBIE : Subvention du revenu de base: 'Laissez d’autres goûter ce que nous avons goûté'.
WINDHOEK, 17 fév (IPS) - Une Allocation du revenu de base (BIG) universelle créerait la paresse et la dépendance chez les pauvres de la Namibie, déclarent des politiciens. Un projet-pilote audacieux a été initié pour prouver que cette affirmation est fausse. IPS a parlé avec l'un des bénéficiaires de la BIG. Bertha Hamases, 32ans, est une femme élancée, maigre, avec un visage fané et un éclat amical dans ses yeux. BIG: le financement du pont va dans sa troisième année.