Global Health & Development

Most people who live in high-income countries don’t realize how much better off they are than people living in poverty by global standards. If you earn $50,000 a year, that puts you in the top 2% of global earners, earning approximately 100x what someone living in poverty would. Because money is more valuable to people when they have less of it, you can have an outsized impact by giving overseas.

Questions to consider

  • What are the strengths and weaknesses of GiveWell’s methodology?
  • Are there any specific aspects of GiveWell’s cost-effectiveness methodology that you disagree with?
  • For yourself, how much do you think you could earn to give to GiveWell charities? How might that compare to the option of starting your own charity? How might that compare to the impact of influencing policy or aid spending?

Basic resources


GiveWell has a central role in the EA global health and development space.


Alternatives to GiveWell

These things might be even better than GiveWell’s top charities (but are difficult to compare):

What can you do?

Through your donations:

Through your career: