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International development experts share their ideas on how wealthy countries can promote prosperity in developing countries. Follow at

Aug 10, 2015

Give a man a fish, the old adage runs, and he’ll eat for a day, but teach a man to fish and he will eat forever. Professor Chris Blattman doesn’t think we should do either.

In this week's podcast, Blattman explains why cash transfers may be a more effective development strategy than job creation or skills training. His conclusion is simple: “I don’t like to say training programs are hard to get right but capital-centric programs are hard to get wrong.”

Please forgive us for the audio quality, which was the result of a technical problem.