Social Income is an initiative in solidarity that aims to connect people across the world through small, impactful, and sustainable donations.

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Social Income is a non-profit association based in: 

Zurich, Switzerland
UID: CHE-289.611.695 (founded 2019)

The Hague, Netherlands
Founding in progress 

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Why Social Income?

Today, one percent of an average salary in the global north can be equal to a full salary in much of the global south.

Many people in wealthier countries are committed to addressing inequality, though they don’t always know how or where to start. At the same time, the widespread use of mobile phone-based money transfer services in developing countries has made it easier than ever to send money directly to people in need at almost no cost.

The Social Income project wants to harness this potential by combining two approaches to wealth redistribution. The first is universal basic income, which experts agree is highly promising, though still hard to implement on a large scale. The second is direct cash donations to people living in extreme poverty. Not only has research shown that those who receive direct aid greatly benefit from the money, it’s also shown that they use it locally, responsibly, and successfully.
Sending regular, long-term cash contributions to people in need can have a big impact on reducing poverty. And we think it can be done from person to person, without relying on government improvements to social infrastructure, which is mostly non-existent in the world’s poorest countries. By directly sending cash to recipients, Social Income also circumvents the administrative costs that are unfortunately hard to avoid for NGOs.

In the pilot and development phases, recipients will receive 100% of every contribution. This is also the goal for the public phase, but will depend on negotiations with payment service providers. Learn more about our financial transparency here.