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There are many other programs through which you can get involved in fighting poverty. We are very pleased to be partnered with the following organisations:
The Life You Can Save
The Life You Can Save was founded by Peter Singer to promote the ideas in his book of the same name. They argue that if one should save a child drowning in a pond, thereby ruining one's expensive pair of shoes, then one should also donate a proportion of one's income to effective charities fighting global poverty. They are launching local branches from 2012.
AidGrade is a new organisation which provides information about the effectiveness of aid programmes and organisations, allowing potential donors to compare the effects of different interventions on specific outcomes. Rather than recommending a shortlist oftop charities, it allows the user to choose which kind of outcome they are interested in, see how different interventions measure up and come to their own conclusions.
A Path That's Clear
A Path That's Clear fund "Giving Games", which are are a way to help current and future donors find outstanding giving opportunities that match their values. Finding a "good" charity isn't enough- players need to think about the criteria they'll use to determine which charity is "better". By encouraging thoughtful and strategic giving, Giving Games can help channel charitable resources where they will do the most good.
Our sister organisation, 80,000 Hours, guides people towards ethical careers, including high earning careers which enable large donations to charity.
Here are a couple of other organisations you might be interested in:
GiveWell is a charity evaluator which carries out in-depth research to find the most effective causes. Like Giving What We Can, they focus on finding the best giving opportunities and they recommend three top charities which allow donors to save or improve the most lives per dollar spent. Dedicated to transparency, they publish the details of their research in full on their website.
Global Call to Action Against Poverty (GCAP)
In 2005, a large number of charities and NGOs united to press the G8 for more action on relieving extreme poverty. A number of successful national coalitions were formed, including the ONE Campaign in the United States and Make Poverty History in the UK, Australia, Canada and elsewhere. The Global Call to Action against Poverty is a world wide alliance that was formed to unite these national coalitions While some of the individual coalitions have since been dissolved (notably the UK presence of Make Poverty History), GCAP continues to unite charities and NGOs across the world, with coalitions in over one hundred countries. It provides many ways to make the fight against poverty a major issue, from wearing a special white wristband to large public demonstrations or contacting your local member of government.
Give More is a 12-month campaign to encourage people to share their passion for the causes they care about by making a public commitment to give more money, time or energy this year, and to get us all talking more about giving.
Innovations for Poverty Action
IPA tries to evaluate and rank interventions against poverty using RCTs (randomised control trials). They work with different organizations, not only charities, and they cover many approaches from microfinance to health, to education, to social capital. Their efforts are not only in measuring the impact of a program, but also to connect research results to practice by charities and governments. They try to implement, improve and replicate successful ideas.
Jameel Poverty Action Lab
J-PAL is a research center based at the Economics Department at MIT. It aims to reduce poverty by conducting research into which approaches are effective at reducing poverty. It also widely disseminates the result of its research to influence the broader world. It main audience is governments, but it has had a wider impact through mainstream publications such as Poor Economics.
Global Hand UK connects people who want to donate goods, services, time, expertise or financial aid, with charities helping in areas of need. Their network of charities is operating in over 100 countries and they have helped get everything from food and clothing to machinery, medical equipment, lawyers, engineers and water treatment plants to those who need them the most.
Global Hand UK also runs poverty-based simulations, which offer an insight into the lives of millions of people who face a daily struggle for survival. The events raise awareness of the problems and challenge participants to get engaged in finding solutions. Their simulations have been run in a wide range of locations from primary schools to the World Economic Forum in Davos Switzerland. Former participants have included Sir Richard Branson and U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon.
The team is made up of a small number of volunteers led by UK Director Ben Solanky and based in Tunbridge Wells, Kent..
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