Winning Essay 1 – Why fUnd Basic Income

As you may remember GiveDirect sponsored a nation wide essay competition in Ghana. Here are the details.  The essays have been scored, awards presented and now it’s time to ‘share’ what some people in Ghana think about Basic Income.  Please have a read and ‘share’ this post as well.

About the Author:
  • Name: Haleed Sulemana
  • Age: 24
  • Title: National Service Personnel
  • Lives in: Tamala, Ghana
  • Average Age in the Country (2015): 20.4 years old
Essay Topic:
  • Why the Government of Ghana should fund Universal Basic income (UBI).
  • Universal Basic Income is defined simply by Basic Income Earth Network (BIEN) as “basic income is a periodic cash payment unconditionally delivered to all on an individual basis, without means-test or work requirement.”
Quotes / Comments from the author on this winning essay:
  • If the right to life is a fundamental human right, then the right to a decent living should be recognized also as a fundamental human rights and efforts made to guarantee it.”
  • “…alleviate extreme poverty and promote development by increasing the standard of living of its citizens.”
  • “…every government owes its citizen an obligation, the obligation has its premise set in the development of the nation and its people (including the poor).”
  • “…basic income as a way of giving people the opportunity to appropriately and adequately develop themselves.”
  • “…serves as mean for fairly distributing and redistributing the country’s resources for development … rather than hoarding such resources in a central coffers which eventually leads to misuse and overuse of resources and also breeds corruption.”
Please take the time to read the complete essay below:


To Haleed Sulemana, the GiveDirect family says, “AAAAmen!”  Great work and congratulations on points well made in this nicely written paper.  Enjoy the new laptop from our wonderful donors, keep advocating for UBI and cheers!  

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