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Prime Minister Ngirente, GiveDirectly Boss Discuss Poverty Eradication

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Rwanda’s Prime Minister DR.Édouard Ngirente and Rory Stewart, President of GiveDirectly met on Thursday and discussed on how to intervene against poverty.

“Dr Édouard Ngirente met Mr. Rory Stewart, President of GiveDirectly. The meeting discussed the organization’s work in Rwanda, including impact in accelerating poverty eradication,” the Office of Prime Minister said after the meeting.

GiveDirectly is a nonprofit organization operating in East Africa that helps families living in extreme poverty by making unconditional cash transfers to them via mobile phone. GiveDirectly transfers funds primarily to people in Kenya, Uganda, and Rwanda.

GiveDirectly works in 17 Districts in Rwanda and has provided unconditional cash transfers to over 170,000 households.

GiveDirectly has seen its donations spike from US$42 million in 2019 to US$303 million in 2020. GiveDirectly has described itself as “the fastest-growing nonprofit in the world in 2020.”

The organization said it is near raising US$1 billion in donations and wants to scale up its operations. Stewart will lead the next phase for the organization, which will include using “their proven model” to offer “a route to eradicating extreme poverty in entire regions and countries.”


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