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Effective Altruism Funds: Global Health and Development Fund

Effective Altruism Funds: Global Health and Development Fund

Cause area: Improving human wellbeing

The Global Health and Development Fund aims to support funding opportunities that improve the health or economic empowerment of people around the world as effectively as possible.

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What problem is the Global Health and Development Fund working on?

The Global Health and Development Fund recommends grants with the aim of improving people's lives, typically in the poorest regions of the world where the need for healthcare and economic empowerment is greatest.

What projects does the Global Health and Development Fund support?

This Fund primarily supports projects that:

  • Directly provide healthcare or preventive measures that will improve health, wellbeing, or life expectancy.
  • Directly provide services that raise incomes or otherwise improve economic conditions.
  • Provide assistance to governments in the design and implementation of effective policies.

The Fund manager recommends grants to GiveWell’s top charities as a baseline, but will recommend higher-risk grants they believe to be more effective (in expectation) than GiveWell’s top charities. As such, the Fund makes grants with a variety of different risk profiles.

Recent grant recipients include:

  • Malaria Consortium — seasonal malaria chemoprevention programme support.
  • IRD Global — support for the tuberculosis team working in Karachi, Pakistan.
  • Against Malaria Foundation — to purchase antimalarial bednets for campaigns in Nigeria in 2023.
  • Center for Global Development — to research the effects of lead exposure on economic and educational outcomes, and run a working group that will author policy outreach documents and engage with global policymakers.

In addition, the Global Health and Development Fund has a broad remit, and may fund other activities whose ultimate purpose is to serve people living in the poorest regions of the world — for example, by raising additional funds (e.g. One for the World) or by exploring novel financing arrangements (e.g. Instiglio).

For more information about how donations are allocated, see the list of past recipients and frequently asked questions on the EA Funds website.

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Why is the Global Health and Development Fund one of our top-rated funds?

This fund meets our criteria to be a top-rated fund because it is managed by one of our trusted evaluators. Our trusted evaluators are charitable giving experts who focus on impact — their research into the best charities means your donations can do even more good. Learn more about charity evaluators we trust and why.

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