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Policy issues concerning Basic Income

Reflecting the growing demand for unconditional basic income worldwide, this year's International Basic Income Week looks to having the largest participation ever in its 8-year history. People in 27 countries across four continents will be holding events and raising the profile of unconditional basic income across the globe between 14-20 September this year.  Events in Ireland are being coordinated by Basic Income Ireland.

Tackling poverty and income inequality effectively is a multifaceted task. It requires action on many fronts, ranging from healthcare and education to accommodation and employment. However, the most important requirement in tackling poverty is the provision of sufficient income to enable people to live life with dignity.  This forms a core element of Social Justice Ireland’s Policy Framework for a Just Ireland.

More than 285,000 people call on EU to consider Basic Income

285,042 EU citizens have called on the European Commission to consider a Universal Basic Income (UBI) as a fairer and simpler social security system.  Each of these citizens signed The European Citizens Initiative (ECI)1 for Unconditional Basic Income (UBI).2 The collection of signatures officially ended on Tuesday January 14th 23.59pm.  

Social Justice Ireland welcomes the publication by The World Bank of a report on Basic Income schemes in 28 Sub-Saharan countries.  Entitled The Cash Dividend: The rise of cash transfer programs in Sub-Saharan Africa, by Marito Garcia and Charity M. T. Moore concludes that many positive outcomes can already be identified as flowing from these cash transfer programmes. 

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Basic Income would help reduce inequality and poverty

Inequality and poverty must be addressed effectively and soon if the current growing polarisation process being experienced within countries and between countries is to be halted and reversed. 

BIEN World Congress on Basic Income-Dublin, Ireland, 2008

Theme: Inequality and Development in a Globalised Economy - The Basic Income Option

Does Basic Income make sense as a worldwide project? - Philippe Van Parijs- This paper was presented by ;Philippe Van Parijs to the closing session of the 9th BIEN Congress in the ILO office in Geneva on September 14, 2002

The Basic Income Earth Network - BIEN - was founded in 1986 as the Basic Income European Network.

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