Poverty & Health

Global poverty is one of the most pressing problems facing humanity. The poorest people in the world often go hungry, face barriers accessing education and lack basic facilities like electricity. On top of this, disease and ill health is more prevalent in impoverished communities. The eradication of poverty and extreme inequality should be a global top priority.

GiveWell is a renowned non-profit that conducts thorough research into which charities save or improve the most lives per euro donated. Some charities are a hundred times more effective than others! Our selection of recommended charities stems from this evidence-based research.

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Why are there no Dutch charities among them?

Many Dutch charities do not work on global issues. In fact, 90% of Dutch charities spend their money in the Netherlands. This is unfortunate because The Netherlands is a rich country. All of the problems that are easy and cheap to tackle have often already been solved in rich countries. Those that remain are often expensive and difficult to define and solve. In poor countries, the simpler problems have often not yet been addressed. For this reason, you can have more impact per euro by donating to charities that focus on problems that are easy and cheap to address in poor countries4. For example, saving a life abroad is significantly cheaper. In the Netherlands, the reference value (what an extra healthy year of life gained through treatment may cost on average) is currently 80,000 euro5. Contrast this with the fact that with just over 3,500 euros you can save the life of someone from Mali by supplying vitamin A supplements. The remaining 10% of Dutch charities do not pass the strict selection of the independent evaluators. They also may not volunteer themselves to be evaluated.

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