Peter Singer asks: Is this the most good you can do?

Philosopher Peter Singer describes how direct cash transfers could serve as an effectiveness benchmark.

World renowned moral philosopher Peter Singer wants you to think harder about the good that you are — or could be — doing.

In his most recent book, “The Most Good You Can Do,” Singer explores what it means to put effectiveness first — and his conclusions lead him places that challenge conventional assumptions inside the international development community.

Who should work in development, and who should try to earn as much money as possible in order to give most of it away? Devex spoke with Singer in our Washington, D.C., studio to crack some of the ethical dilemmas development professionals face in their quest to do good and do it well.

Philosopher Peter Singer discusses who should work in development and who should consider other options.

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Devex interviews Peter Singer, moral philosopher on effective altruism.

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    Michael Igoe

    Michael Igoe is a Senior Reporter with Devex, based in Washington, D.C. He covers U.S. foreign aid, global health, climate change, and development finance. Prior to joining Devex, Michael researched water management and climate change adaptation in post-Soviet Central Asia, where he also wrote for EurasiaNet. Michael earned his bachelor's degree from Bowdoin College, where he majored in Russian, and his master’s degree from the University of Montana, where he studied international conservation and development.