Give Directly Initiative
The reading demonstrates how the initiative to give money directly to people in need (below poverty line) in a few African countries has proven to be effective in increasing standard of living. In a way I do believe that one needs to have money to earn money.
After going through the article ( Cash for free: Who's in the driver's seat and also judging from summary of the book "From Evidence to Action: The Story of Cash Transfers and Impact Evaluation in Sub-Saharan Africa") I do agree that governments should be involved in the program so as to facilitate infrastructural growth along with aiding in elevating the standard of living. The readings suggests that aiding organizations distrust government schemes due to corruption and inefficiency issues.
Now the challenge is how exactly can these aiding organizations make sure the government successfully implements the funding to actually curb poverty rather than just aiding it's employees. Would block chain based monitoring system keep the government in check? Should the aiders have volunteers and officers working on field to keep check of progress in detail? What sort of assurance conditions would these governments agree upon? If more organizations focused a similar initiative in the same district, would it hamper value of domestic currency in any way?