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I've written a lengthy response on my blog - http://sanchitkumarblog.wordpress.com/2011/07/02/transferring-commodity-revenues-from-african-governments-to-the-african-people/ - which you can read there. Here's a summary of what I think: - Your idea will help reduce poverty. No question, more money for people to spend will help. - Suggesting that giving some share of revenue to citizens will help improve scrutiny of public finances and help drive out corruption is a strong claim, one that needs more support from studies, statistics or policy impact assessments. - Ignoring the environmental and economic concerns is not such a great move, because I think there are limitations on how effective governments can be in managing those concerns. I do think it's a creative idea, and I'm glad the World Bank is recognizing the role that technology can play in closing the gap between people and their governments, even on matters such as public spending and fiscal responsibility. Realistically though, your policy needs to be coupled with other plans to help deal with the environment, corruption etc.