Absolutely, and there’s been a lot of progress in a few developing countries, for example, pilot programs in Namibia, Brazil, and India, and GiveDirectly’s cash transfers in Kenya and Uganda. All have provided more evidence of the value of cash.

I would guess that it may still be difficult to pay correctly without a functional tax system. The government needs to locate and identify each person as to avoid fraud (the likes of which exist even in the US, as some dead people still get Social Security). If this can be resolved though, their political processes are generally more malleable, so could certainly happen before it does in the US.

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