Workers distributing mosquito nets on behalf of the Against Malaria Foundation in Malawi (Against Malaria Foundation /

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Giving What We Can's blog, featuring the latest news from our research team and community.

A new president of Giving What We Can

  • Published 20 Jun 2017
  • Updated 25 Apr 2018

I’m writing to introduce myself as the new president of Giving What We Can. I take this role with gratitude to former presidents Toby Ord and Sam Deere, and to former executive director Michelle Hutchinson. Giving What We Can has been a very meaningful part of my life over the years, and I’m honored to be able to work on it in a fuller capacity.

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A successor to the Giving What We Can Trust

We’re in the process of moving the activities of the Giving What We Can Trust to a new platform to make it easier for donors to donate to a broader range of effective charities in one payment, track the donations they make and, for those in the UK and US, to donate tax deductibly in support of charities outside of the UK and US.

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Looking back at the career of Professor Alan Fenwick

Last week I was able to attend a lecture marking the retirement of Professor Alan Fenwick, Director of the Schistosomiasis Institute. It was a fascinating insight into both a remarkable endeavour and a remarkable man, which I want to share with the Giving What We Can community. A huge thank you to Alan for the lecture and for providing the images in this post for me to use.

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It's Good to Talk

A five-minute conversation has the potential to prevent 40 lives being lost. That's about how long it takes to explain the basic precepts of the Giving What We Can pledge to someone.

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How we talk about what donations will achieve

When we talk about charities, we often use numbers, since we want to give a concrete idea of how cost-effective a charity is (because our charities are some of the most cost-effective in the world!). On our website, for example, we say that it costs $3,500 to avert a child’s death through “interventions supported by AMF” and $1.26 to treat a child through “interventions supported by SCI”. But why use such convoluted language?

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What’s so special about GiveDirectly’s basic income pilot?

Give Directly has decided to test  a universal basic income intervention in Kenya: they’re planning to provide about 6,000 people with unconditional transfers for at least 10 years, transferring money to all residents of the villages which will be targeted by the intervention. This has received a lot of attention from the media, with the trial being mentioned, among others, on Slate, Vox, The Independent and Der Spiegel.

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