Why our top charities work in lower-income countries.
Helping people in high-income countries is expensive, and the gains can be more marginal. People living in low-income countries face many problems that have ready solutions, such as children dying from malaria or suffering from parasitic worms.
Donating internationally is the most cost-effective way to provide lifesaving help.
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- Dan Heath,
New York Times bestselling author, former GiveWell board member, and donor since 2010
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We do not. GiveWell's mission is to recommend charities that we believe can save or improve the greatest number of lives per dollar donated. We focus on the areas that we believe are most promising to achieve this aim. This has led us to research and recommend charities working in global health and poverty alleviation because your dollar can go further overseas.
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