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The Failures of Foreign Aid (And Some Potential Fixes) Part 1

I previously mentioned that individuals can make a large difference in the lives of others through donations, as long as they choose very cost-effective charities. However, while our donation does make a difference to a few people, there are also massive institutions working to make much bigger differences in the well-being of those in other countries — through foreign aid.

An update on AMF

At the end of the last year, concerns were raised by GiveWell regarding AMF’s room for additional funding. Although we took GiveWell’s concerns seriously, we chose to keep AMF on our list of recommended charities. AMF were known to be involved in negotiations for three major distributions in Sub-Saharan Africa that could in principle create a significant funding gap in early 2014.

Call for registration – GOOD DONE RIGHT: a conference on effective altruism

This summer, there will be a conference on effective altruism at All Souls College, one of the constituent colleges of the University of Oxford. We’re very pleased to announce that registration for the conference is now open.

Welcome to our new website!

Welcome to our new website!

Welcome to the brand new Giving What We Can website! It has a new look, new structure and new features. Have look around, and let us know what you think.

Giving What We Can’s six month review

Giving What We Can carries out reviews of its progress and plans every six months. This post and the following describe the results of our most recent round of these. In the second half of 2013 we focused in large part on improving our pathway from interest to membership. That focus seemed to pay off with the rate of new members joining almost doubling from the first to the second half of 2013.

India fights polio- and wins.


Three years ago, India faced its last confirmed case of polio, in Rukhsar Khatoon, in the CNN video above. Today, while she and the remaining Indian polio victims cannot be cured, there is hope for India’s future population, as the World Health Organisation has declared it polio free.

How cost-effective is it to treat multidrug-resistant tuberculosis?

Every year on the 24th of March, World TB Day raises awareness of the global threat posed by tuberculosis. Although much progress has already been made in combatting the disease, challenges still remain. In particular, the rise of drug-resistant tuberculosis has made efforts to control the disease very difficult, and it is necessary to assess the effectiveness of different treatment strategies.

Medical Aid Films: targeting deaths at childbirth

Medical Aid Films (MAF) is a young charity which wants to reduce childbirth-related mortality in the developing world by creating and distributing health education films. Taking in account the scale of the problem, interventions in this area have the potential to make a big difference. Is MAF a good opportunity for giving?

Malaria scales new heights

Researchers have warned that future climate warming could lead to an increase in malaria cases, according to a study published in the journal Science.As mosquitos are able to move outside the 'malaria belt' due to global warming, densely populated regions of South America and Africa would be left vulnerable to a malaria epidemic. Using records spanning over 15 years, the scientists predicated a three million increase in annual cases if the temperature were to rise by 1.8 degrees Fahrenheit.
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