The GiveWell Blog

Celebrated charities that we don’t recommend

Note added April 2024: As we explain on our mistakes page, the tone of this blog post, which was written much earlier in our organizational history, fails to convey our uncertainty about the impact of these programs. It also doesn’t indicate that our research involves forming best guesses based on limited information, and that we…

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Can a donor give “new life for the pariahs” through the World Fistula Fund?

Nicholas Kristof’s excellent column describes the problem of obstetric fistula and the World Fistula Foundation. We strongly share Mr. Kristof’s view that obstetric fistula is a pressing problem, and have written before that it’s one of the problems we’d most like to help donors address. However, we still have not identified a fistula charity that…

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