Delivering Aid in Kenya

On Thursday, December 1, Mike Veatch, professor of mathematics and chair of the mathematics and computer science department, will be giving a talk on campus (KOSC 125 at 4:45 p.m.) about the “Spatial Distribution of  Aid Recipients in Kenya.”

In it he’ll explore how GiveDirect, a non-profit organization, recruits and delivers aid to residents of Kenya. The aid delivered is cash funds that are directly transferred to the recipients. The organization is able to operate with low overhead costs and has small transaction costs after recipients are identified. But recruiting recipients produces additional costs. The project studies where GiveDirect should deliver aid, and a model that was developed to minimize the recruitment costs while achieving the desired diversity and total number of locations visited will be discussed. (Former students Matt Forsstrom and Hang Yang worked with Veatch on the project.)

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