Citizen’s basic income and Kenya

Vol. 40 No. 3 (2020)

Jul-Sep / 2020
Published June 22, 2020

How to Cite

Suplicy, Eduardo Matarazzo, and Mônica Dallari. 2020. “Citizen’s Basic Income and Kenya”. Brazilian Journal of Political Economy 40 (3), 566-83.

Citizen’s basic income and Kenya

Eduardo Matarazzo Suplicy
Professor de Economia da Fundação Getúlio Vargas - EAESP-FGV, São Paulo/SP Brasil
Mônica Dallari
writer and journalist, Independent Researcher, São Paulo/SP Brasil
Brazilian Journal of Political Economy, Vol. 40 No. 3 (2020), Jul-Sep / 2020, Pages 566-583


Brazil is the first national in the world to approve a law to institute, step by step, a Citizen’s Basic Income. In 1991, I presented a Guaranteed Minimum Income proposal. More and more in the world, there is growing interest and experiences. Among them, in Kenia. The results of paying a Universal Basic Income to all adults with 18 years or more in rural villages are very positive. Maricá (RJ) has started to pay 33 dollars per month to one third of the population last August. By 2021, the Universal Basic Income (UBI) will be paid to all inhabitants.

JEL Classification: D31; D63; E25; E62; F22.

Keywords: Evolution, basic income, positive experiences