Academics Stand Against Poverty (ASAP) is seeking volunteers for one-year renewable positions on its global Board of Directors. ASAP is an international professional association focused on helping poverty researchers and teachers enhance their positive impact on severe poverty. Applications will be accepted until March 15, 2014. If you have questions about any of the posts, please contact ASAP Vice President Luis Cabrera at email@example.com
By investing in the most effective charities, we can extend people’s lives. We can improve the quality of their lives. Sometimes we can do both. But how do we measure and compare the potential benefits that charities provide, to ensure we are indeed investing in the most effective ones?
GiveDirectly is a charity founded in 2008 that provides unconditional cash transfers to households in extreme poverty. GiveDirectly is currently among GiveWell’s top recommended charities, but doesn’t feature on our own list of recommended charities. In this post, I’ll explain why we haven’t changed our mind about GiveDirectly since we last addressed the issue in late 2012. It goes without saying that we have great admiration for GiveWell’s work, and much of our own research is heavily indebted to theirs. However, on this point we continue to respectfully disagree.
By Katie Hamilton Julia Bardos | Posted February 24th, 2014
This blog, the final in a 3-part series written by Costello Medical Consulting, focuses on the estimated economic burden of trachoma. This neglected tropical disease (NTD), caused by repeated bacterial infection of the eye, is estimated to leave one person blind every 15 minutes. Here, we discuss the potential of this intervention tactic to not only decrease the prevalence of trachoma, but to also provide benefits that help reduce the global burden of other NTDs.
I've always liked to think of myself as I nice person. I helped my friends with their homework. I volunteered at a homeless shelter. I gave money to charity. Surely I was as ethical as it was possible to be? A few months ago, I started thinking about things differently. Did I really believe that a child in Ethiopia dying of malaria was equal to me and my friends? Of course I did - any other position would be awful. Was I acting like it? Absolutely not. Pledging to give 10% might be the most important decision I will make in my life. Whatever else happens, I will save and elevate countless lives - the lives of those who most need my help. That's worth giving up a few lattes.
The TPP (Trans-Pacific Partnership), a trade deal under negotiation now, aims to enforce strong intellectual property laws in 12 countries in the Asia-Pacific region which may seriously affect health provision. Amongst the measures of the TPP, those lowering the bar for patentability, prohibiting pre-grant opposition, and imposing data exclusivity may prove to be particularly harmful. The next round of negotiations on the trade agreement backed by the US, is expected to take place next week in Singapore.
By Giving What We Can recruitment | Posted February 10th, 2014
We are currently looking for interns to join our Graduate Volunteer Scheme. This involves a period of several months' work in our Oxford-based office. Work will be varied, and prioritised by the most pressing needs in the six month plan. We are also taking applications for our two-week student development programme in September. All candidates would ideally be intelligent and hardworking, and motivated by the idea of contributing to our mission of inspiring donations to the most effective charities fighting extreme poverty.
We are looking for a Director of Development to join our team in Oxford! The right candidate would play a vital role growing and sustaining the donor base that enables Giving What We Can and our sister charity 80,000 Hours to serve their charitable missions. If you’re interested in this opportunity please apply here by 28th February. If you know anyone else who might be interested, we encourage you to pass this opportunity on to them. This is just one of many job and internship opportunities that are available with our parent charity, the Centre for Effective Altruism (CEA) - for a full list, see here.
In this post, part of our on-going series of member testimonials, Sameer writes about why he's decided to take the pledge. 'Donating ten per cent of our incomes can allow us to save lives with money that we otherwise might well spend on items that fail to bring us happiness or fulfilment.Having made the decision to give away a portion of my income, I want that money to be used in the most effective way possible. I would not be able to donate a 100x more, but I can make sure, with relatively little effort, that I donate 100x more effectively. We should all be focused not on the sacrifices we are making, but on the impact that our actions actually have.'