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Why This Charity Has Stopped Asking For Money

In 2017, No Lean Season raised nearly $12 million to help farmhands in Bangladesh travel to the city to find jobs when fields lay fallow. Now they're saying "no" to donations. What happened?
Source: Lily Padula for NPR

Over the last decade and a half there's been a major push by economists to do rigorous research on poverty — basically to run experiments to figure out which solutions actually work.

But putting a halt to those that come up short is easier said than done.

Now one prominent charity is trying to set an example. It's called No Lean Season, and it's an offshoot of a larger charity called Evidence Action. No Lean Season's goal is to help rural farmhands in Bangladesh during what's called the lean season — a roughly three-month period every winter when the fields lie empty and there's no work.

And No Lean Season has decided

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