As Namibia awaits more news of the proposed Basic Income Grant a Canadian charity recently conducted a social experiment by giving people experiencing homelessness a one-time cash infusion of $7,500 (or about N$ 115 000) with the researchers describing the results as “beautifully surprising”. Those who were given the cash largely spent the money on food, rent, and transportation and moved into stable housing faster over the course of the year. Spending on “temptation goods,” such as drugs, cigarettes, and alcohol meanwhile declined by 39%, on average, and the recipients were able to keep an average of $1,000 in savings.
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