Effective altruism: Are you doing good, better?

By Jenny Lei Ravelo 17 November 2015

Peter Singer, moral philosopher and author of the book, "The Life You Can Save," at the Effective Altruism Global conference in Melbourne in August 2015. Photo by: Mal Vickers

During a recent discussion on effective altruism, a friend shared she’s spending approximately $7 a month for Ratricia, a Gambian pouched rat under training by Belgian nonprofit Apopo to detect landmines in Tanzania.

The commitment was personal: The giver is an animal lover. She also thinks demining is a neglected issue, and finds the strategy employed by Apopo as seemingly low-cost and high impact.

This is the same across all her charitable givings; she donates to the Free Yezidi Foundation as a way to help the thousands singled out by the Islamic State group in Sinjar, Iraq, as well as to UNICEF to meet her desire to help children in need.

Charity Navigator had an influence on her decision to donate to UNICEF, however.

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Jenny Lei Ravelo@JennyLeiRavelo

Jenny Lei Ravelo is a Devex senior reporter based in Manila. Since 2011, she has covered a wide range of development and humanitarian aid issues, from leadership and policy changes at DfID to the logistical and security impediments faced by international and local aid responders in disaster-prone and conflict-affected countries in Africa and Asia. Her interests include global health and the analysis of aid challenges and trends in sub-Saharan Africa.


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