SEWA’s Pioneering Studies on Basic Income Show Transformative Results

Basic Income has become an important topic for India. Being deeply involved in income and livelihood development issues in the country, SEWA was the first organization to raise the topic and undertake a proper study in India. Three studies have been conducted in total– the 1st study was a small one in West Delhi involving 450 BPL families, of which 100 families were randomly selected to receive cash transfer. The 2nd study involved the entire population of eight villages, including tribal villages. The analysis of these studies showed that Basic Income could be transformative, being as it led to increased employment and income, better health and education, and women’s empowerment. Interestingly, although in Madhya Pradesh villagers received Basic Income for only one year, the positive affects were felt even five year later. The three studies below highlight these results, including reasonings, groups and controls, methodologies and findings:

1) An Experimental Pilot Cash Transfer in West Delhi

2) Legacy Study: A Pilot on Universal Basic Income

3) Madhya Pradesh Unconditional Cash Transfers Project

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