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January 2024 updates – The GiveWell Weblog


Each month we ship an e 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 beneath!

In case you’d wish to obtain the entire e-newsletter in your inbox every month, you possibly can subscribe right here.

Current GiveWell occasions

We ended 2023 with two in-person occasions, one in New York and one in San Francisco.

In San Francisco, GiveWell’s CEO Elie Hassenfeld was joined by Neil Buddy Shah, CEO of the Clinton Well being Entry Initiative (CHAI), to debate the work of each organizations and their partnership by way of the CHAI Incubator. You could find the audio recording and transcript of this occasion right here.

In New York, Elie spoke with journalist Matthew Yglesias, co-founder of Vox and creator of Gradual Boring, about GiveWell’s prime charities and newest analysis. You possibly can try the video recording and transcript of this occasion right here.

Attending occasions is an effective way to be taught extra about GiveWell! You possibly can enroll right here to be notified of in-person and digital occasions, and you’ll make amends for our earlier occasions right here.

GiveWell within the Media

Teryn Mattox, Director of Analysis at GiveWell, wrote a visitor essay for Emily Oster’s Substack, ParentData, on the effectiveness of kangaroo mom care (KMC). KMC is meant to be a low-cost different to traditional neonatal intensive look after low-birth-weight infants; it primarily includes skin-to-skin contact between mom and child. In low- and middle-income nations, KMC can save infants’ lives, however implementation will be difficult. GiveWell’s analysis on and grantmaking to maternal and new child well being applications features a grant to r.i.c.e., which operates a KMC program in India.

Analysis Updates

We’ve just lately revealed quite a lot of new analysis pages—beneath are a couple of highlights. In case you’d like to join e mail updates at any time when we publish new analysis supplies, you are able to do so right here.

  • Clinton Well being Entry Initiative (CHAI)
    • In September 2023, GiveWell beneficial a $6.6 million grant to CHAI for a two-year diarrhea therapy program in Bauchi, Nigeria. This grant helps the distribution of oral rehydration answer (ORS) and zinc to households with kids below the age of 5. Diarrhea is a typical reason for childhood mortality in Nigeria, and we roughly estimate that this program will avert the deaths of roughly 2,000 kids. This grant additionally helps a research to measure how a lot the usage of ORS and zinc will increase when they’re offered free to households, which can assist us be taught extra about this system.
  • Up to date experiences on GiveWell’s prime charities and their interventions
    • We just lately up to date our experiences on two of GiveWell’s prime charities and their interventions. We up to date our opinions of the mass distribution of insecticide-treated nets and the Towards Malaria Basis, which implements web campaigns. We additionally up to date our overview of seasonal malaria chemoprevention (SMC) and Malaria Consortium, which helps SMC campaigns. The brand new experiences goal to extra clearly clarify our views of every program, in order that readers can extra simply perceive the important thing components underlying our suggestions, consider the methods we could be flawed, and supply suggestions that can enhance our analysis.
  • One Acre Fund
    • Final 12 months, we checked in with One Acre Fund to observe up on a $1.3 million grant GiveWell beneficial in January 2023 to run a research on its tree program in Rwanda. On this dialog, they talk about plans for the research, together with their seedling distribution plan, how they chose the websites for the trial, and their plans for evaluating this system internally.

Different Updates on GiveWell’s work

  • GiveWell A-Z
    • We created a GiveWell A to Z highlighting a couple of key issues about GiveWell. This brief listing is a enjoyable and simple solution to introduce a pal to GiveWell!
  • Approaching uncertainty in our cost-effectiveness fashions
    • We just lately acquired criticism that we should always mannequin uncertainty extra explicitly in our cost-effectiveness analyses. GiveWell researchers rigorously thought of these critiques, a few of which gained awards in our Change Our Thoughts contest. On this web page, we talk about how we mannequin uncertainty in our analysis, the changes that we make to fight these points, and the way we’re altering our method in response to the criticism we acquired.
  • GiveWell’s affect in 2022

Your questions, answered

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

Q. What proportion of Give Effectively assets are devoted to discovering new applications versus funding confirmed organizations, like prime charities?

A. In 2022, we directed over $340 million to our prime charities (and former prime charities) and over $80 million to different organizations and applications (which incorporates all newer-to-us applications). That being mentioned, we’re equally open to each newer and extra acquainted applications. Our aim is to search for probably the most cost-effective alternatives, no matter program or location, so we use the identical cost-effectiveness bar throughout all our grantmaking.

Our researchers sometimes concentrate on basic trigger areas that we’ve discovered promising, similar to malaria, vaccines, water high quality, and diet. Inside these areas, researchers consider alternatives to help interventions we all know nicely (for instance, our prime charities) in addition to newer applications (for instance, the latest improvements in malaria vaccines). We even have a devoted New Areas workforce of 4 workers who concentrate on discovering and researching interventions and funding alternatives which can be newer to us, together with by way of our partnerships with CHAI and Proof Motion.

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