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Just Try Giving

This year, after much procrastination in 2014, I saw in the New Year by taking the Try Giving pledge with Giving What We Can. I have pledged to give 5% of my income to effective charities throughout 2015. It was a big step for me but I can’t imagine ever looking back.

Why haven't you set up a chapter yet?

In about 2011, feeding my insatiable need for podcasts, I came across a fascinating one by Toby Ord. He asked a question that caught my attention: if we want to make the biggest possible difference to the world, what is worth more: our time, or our money?

Whose fault is it? Attributing responsibility for solving social problems

A recent survey reported in the Guardian can help us understand how we go about doing that.

The survey was carried out by the Charities Aid Foundation and appears to show that UK donors respond much more willingly to natural disasters than to war or conflict. This trend appears more prevalent amongst older donors than younger ones.

It might not be obvious at first glance, but this finding can shed useful light on how we attribute responsibility for problem solving.

Running for SCI - support a new journey

On Sunday 22 February I am running the Brighton Half Marathon, raising funds for the Schistosomiasis Control Initiative (SCI). I’m combining my two passions, two journeys in one; fitness with effective altruism, a health journey with a...spiritual one?

Why I finally took the pledge

I recently made the commitment to donate 10% of my pre-tax income to the most effective charities in combating extreme poverty, from now until I retire. It was something I’ve been considering for several years, but it was a big decision and not one I take lightly. Giving What We Can has shaped my opinions on charitable giving, altruism, and effective charities for nearly five years, and I wanted to share a little of my journey to finally Pledging.

Médecins Sans Frontières: a brief review

Doctors without Borders (Médecins Sans Frontières, MSF) is an international medical and humanitarian organisation which “provides assistance to populations in distress, to victims of natural or man-made disasters and to victims of armed conflict.” (Activity Report 2013)

What values do we need to keep in mind about the DALY? Part II

In the previous post in this series, I introduced the DALY and discussed two resolved issues: age-weighting and temporal discussion. In this post, I will look at the DALY and its role as a measure of disease burden that is transferable across different conditions and illnesses. I will also discuss the future of the DALY, its limitations as an indicator of resource allocation, and an additional method that could include community effects into the DALY.

What values do we need to keep in mind about the DALY? Part I

Should we value the life of a 25 year-old more than that of a 65 year-old simply because they have different social roles? Should we discount future health benefits because it is uncertain whether they will arise or not? Should we think differently about the individual burden of a disease when a whole community is affected instead of just one individual?

Evidence Action in the last quarter of 2014

In the first of this series for this year, we recap on Evidence Action’s activities in the last quarter of 2014.

September: ‘Dispensers for Safe Water’ delivers the goods

In September, Evidence Action shared a video developed by South Pole Carbon, which provides a snapshot of the benefits reaped from the ‘Dispensers for Safe Water’ program in Uganda.

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