The GiveWell Blog

Some Things We’re Reading

Today we’re sharing quotes with links to a few pieces we’ve come across recently in our work—claims have not been vetted, and (of course) interest is not endorsement.

  • The story of Ethiopian manufacturing—its rise, its faltering, and its potential for renewal—is an example, I believe, of where a little more empathy can lead to better economics.” (Oliver Kim, Global Developments)
  • “Every year, tuberculosis kills over a million people. Can a new vaccine turn the tide? For the last 100 years, we’ve only had one TB vaccine—and it leaves a lot to be desired.” (Jess Craig, Future Perfect)
  • “[O]ur study identified pneumonia as a major cause of mortality in low-income and middle-income countries with high under-5 mortality rates…. These findings underscore the importance of enhancing pneumonia prevention efforts.” (Sana Mahtab et al., The Lancet Child & Adolescent Health)
  • “When the ‘diff in diff credibility revolution’ started to grow, and we had a half dozen or more different methods for estimating the same parameter … I remember reading online people hoping for a checklist.” (Scott Cunningham, Scott’s Substack).
  • “The southern coastal zone of Western Africa … experienced abnormal early season heat in February 2024 [with] average Heat Index values of about 50°C [122°F]…. Locally, values even entered the level of ‘extreme danger’ that is associated with high risk of heat stroke [up to 60°C / 140°F]” (World Weather Attribution)
  • Advance market commitments … are promises to buy or subsidize something in the future, if someone can invent and produce it. Their purpose is to guarantee enough future demand … to encourage suppliers … to try to build something that should exist, but doesn’t.” (Nan Ransohoff, Works in Progress)
  • “Most health care providers in India know that oral rehydration salts (ORS) are an inexpensive, lifesaving treatment for child diarrhea, yet they are widely underused…. [Trials showed] the dominant barrier was assuming that patients were uninterested.” (Zachary Wagner et al., Science)

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