5 terms you'll need to understand effective altruism

By Kelli Rogers 17 November 2015

How much do you know about effective altruism?

Peter Singer — the man behind the viral book “The Life You Can Save,” and one of the key figures in the effective altruism movement — describes it as giving using one’s heart and mind.

That means you don’t just contribute to any charity, for example, just because it tugged on your heartstrings. You also have to consider whether the money you’re giving would have the most impact possible.

Even then, it’s not that simple.

Just because you can buy more insecticide-treated bed nets with the money you have — and therefore save more lives by preventing more people from getting malaria — doesn’t mean it’s the right choice over pouring your money into research that looks to develop new drugs to treat tuberculosis.

For five basic terms that will help you better understand this growing movement, check out the slideshare above and read this article.

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Kelli Rogers@kellierin

In her role as associate editor, Kelli Rogers helps to shape Devex content around leadership, professional growth and careers for professionals in international development, humanitarian aid and global health. As the manager of Doing Good, one of Devex's highest-circulation publications, she is constantly on the lookout for the latest staffing changes, hiring trends and tricks for recruiting skilled local and international staff for aid projects that make a difference. Kelli has studied or worked in Spain, Costa Rica and Kenya.


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