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February 2024 updates – The GiveWell Weblog

Each month we ship an electronic mail e-newsletter to our supporters sharing latest updates from our work. We publish chosen parts of the e-newsletter on our weblog to make this information extra accessible to individuals who go to our web site. For key updates from the newest installment, please see under!

Should you’d prefer to obtain the entire e-newsletter in your inbox every month, you’ll be able to subscribe right here.

Highlight on a GiveWell Grantee

This month, we’re shining a highlight on Suvita, a company that goals to extend childhood vaccination charges in India. In April 2023, we made a $3.3 million grant to help its work in selling vaccinations by way of SMS textual content message reminders and Immunization Ambassadors who share details about vaccines in native communities. The grant will help these packages in two Indian states, Bihar and Maharashtra. We predict these low-cost actions may result in small however significant will increase in vaccination charges, which in flip will imply fewer kids dying of vaccine-preventable ailments. You’ll be able to learn extra about this grant right here.

This grant to Suvita was funded by GiveWell’s All Grants Fund and particular person donor funding. The All Grants Fund permits donors to contribute to probably the most impactful grant alternatives we’ve recognized, no matter program or location. It’s an incredible possibility for donors who’ve a excessive degree of belief in GiveWell and are open to packages that is likely to be riskier or much less sure than our prime charities.

Analysis Updates

We’ve lately printed numerous new analysis pages—under are a couple of highlights. Should you’d like to enroll in electronic mail updates at any time when we publish new analysis supplies, you are able to do so right here.

  • Co-delivering vitamin A supplementation and seasonal malaria chemoprevention in Nigeria
    • In October 2023, GiveWell advisable a $1.4 million grant to Malaria Consortium to ship vitamin A supplementation (VAS) alongside seasonal malaria chemoprevention (SMC) campaigns in two states in Nigeria. Malaria Consortium already delivers seasonal malaria chemoprevention through door-to-door campaigns in these states, and this grant will fund the prices of including VAS as a part of these campaigns. We count on that Malaria Consortium will have the ability to ship VAS at a low value by leveraging its present SMC platform, thus rising the variety of kids receiving VAS and, in flip, averting the next variety of youngster deaths.
  • Iron and folic acid supplementation in India
    • In August 2022, GiveWell advisable a $9.2 million grant to Proof Motion to offer technical help to the Indian authorities to distribute iron and folic acid (IFA) dietary supplements to kids in 5 states in India. Iron deficiency and anemia are related to a spread of unfavorable bodily, psychological, and cognitive results, and the Institute of Well being Metrics and Analysis estimates an anemia price of 56% amongst kids beneath 5 throughout India. This grant will help the federal government’s anemia-reduction program by offering help with useful resource planning, provide chain administration, coverage advocacy, neighborhood coaching, and extra. IFA supplementation appears to be efficient at decreasing iron deficiency and anemia; we estimate that receiving IFA supplementation reduces iron deficiency by about 70%.

Highlights from our prime charities

  • New Incentives
    • In its most up-to-date e-newsletter, New Incentives shared an replace on its 2023 enrollment objectives: “We set an formidable aim to enroll 1,517,040 infants in our program in 2023, hoping to succeed in no less than 80%. We’re thrilled to share that we reached 99.92% of this aim and enrolled greater than 2.4 instances the variety of infants because the 12 months earlier than!” We predict the precise variety of infants reached is probably going considerably decrease as a consequence of some duplicate enrollments, however roughly 1.5 million is unquestionably a milestone value celebrating! By comparability, New Incentives enrolled round 600,000 infants in 2022. We’ve made numerous growth grants (Might 2022, November 2022, and Might 2023) funding this development.
  • Helen Keller Worldwide
    • Helen Keller Worldwide lately launched an annual report detailing the progress it made in 2023. The report signifies the group reached greater than 35 million kids throughout 13 African nations with vitamin A supplementation. A latest grant to Helen Keller Worldwide in April 2023 supported its vitamin A supplementation work in Madagascar.

Your questions, answered

The mailbag spotlights widespread questions we get from donors and followers about GiveWell’s work. Have a query of your individual? E mail us at data@givewell.org, or publish a remark to our most up-to-date open thread.

Q. What does GiveWell do with unrestricted donations, and will I make my reward unrestricted?

A. Giving an unrestricted reward is the maximally versatile strategy to help GiveWell and our suggestions, and is the most suitable choice for donors who need each to help the total spectrum of GiveWell’s grantmaking and to make sure we’re capable of proceed doing what we do.

Our working bills are paid by unrestricted funding. In 2023, GiveWell employed 24 new workers members throughout the group. This added capability enabled us to tackle extra initiatives, together with:

  • All year long, our researchers divided into small groups to conduct “pink teaming” of our prime charity suggestions. The aim of this course of is to scrutinize our analysis and determine methods we are able to enhance our decision-making, making certain that we’re assessing interventions as critically as we did once we first funded them.
  • Our outreach staff was capable of safe alternatives to share GiveWell’s work by way of media interviews and displays at company workplaces. We additionally partnered with media figures to have interaction with audiences we’d not in any other case attain, like our November digital occasion with economist and best-selling creator Emily Oster.

GiveWell additionally has an “extra belongings” coverage, which states that when we surpass a sure degree of unrestricted belongings obtainable for our operations, we earmark the surplus for grantmaking somewhat than persevering with to carry it ourselves. Which means these “extra” {dollars} will go to probably the most impactful alternatives we’ve discovered, which may embody our prime charities or different extremely cost-effective packages. We’re grateful for the generosity of our donors, and we’re proud that we are able to enhance our impression by way of this granting course of.

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