Cash Transfer Evolution and Why It Matters for the Global Oil and Gas Boom

Woman receiving cash

World Bank

Speaker:

Todd Moss
Vice President, Center for Global Development

Date:

August 22, 2012

Time:

12–1:15 p.m. PT

Location:

RAND Corporation
1776 Main Street, Room 1232
Santa Monica, CA

About the Program

Many of the world's poorest and most fragile states are joining the ranks of oil and gas producers. These countries face critical policy questions about managing and spending new revenue in a way that is beneficial to their people. At the same time, a growing number of developing countries have initiated cash transfers as a response to poverty, and these programs are showing impressive results.

The Center for Global Development is exploring the option of putting these two trends together: countries seeking to manage new resource wealth should consider distributing income directly to citizens as cash transfers. Beyond serving as a powerful and proven policy intervention, cash transfers may also mitigate the corrosive effect natural resource revenue often has on governance.

About the Speaker

Todd Moss is vice president for programs and senior fellow at the Center for Global Development. Moss oversees the Center’s fundraising efforts and relations with external partners. In addition to his institutional responsibilities, he directs The Emerging Africa Project and his work focuses on U.S.-Africa relations and financial issues facing sub-Saharan Africa, including policies that affect private investment, debt, and aid. He is currently working on cash transfers in new oil economies, new ideas for structuring US development policy, and the future of IDA.

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