A report entitled: Basic Income Grant, Otjivero, Namibia - 10 years later published by the Economics and Social Justice Trust, was recently released. The report highlights the comments of some of the past recipients of the Basic Income Grant (BIG) of N$100 per month which ended in 2009. As I have written before, I do not support cash hand-outs as a sustainable solution to systemic, generational poverty. This report re-confirms my position.
I was a weird kid. I was obsessed with checker-patterned clothing, and for a time I rode a checkered bike, wore checkered Vans, checkered shorts, a checkered shirt and to top it all off, a checkered hat. I loved the television series “Roots” and took to calling myself Kunta Kinte. I would take a shower while wearing my socks.