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We aim to reshape international giving. We’re backed by GiveWell, Google.org and – most importantly – rigorous evidence.

Evidence

Earnings

+34%

Assets

+58%

Hunger

42%

Our impact on recipient households has been documented by a rigorous third-party experimental evaluation (RCT), considered the gold standard for evidence. Read more [pdf]

Performance

We're averaging 91 cents per dollar placed directly in the hands of the poor.

91%

We're averaging $0.91 per dollar placed directly in the hands of the poor. Read more

What We Do

Technology is transforming
development.

We deliver payments electronically and use advanced tools to manage logistics and fraud. See how we do it

Evidence

4

RCTs underway or completed

We address policy questions that keep emerging-market leaders up at night. Studies in progress examine the optimal design and macroeconomic impact of transfers. Read more

Performance

Performance relative to target (click to verify)

the number of households a field officer visits per day, relative to a target of 12 Verify this [csv]

the percent of questions about GiveDirectly that recipients answer correctly, relative to a target of 100%

the average time from census to token payment, normalized to a target of 63 days Verify this [csv]

the percent of recipients we reach by phone for follow up, relative to a target of 100% Verify this [csv]

We publish our internal performance data in real time. In recent weeks, for example, productivity dropped 17% as we recruited new field officers and launched a new research project. We expect productivity to return to previous levels by December.

Discussion

GiveWell (re-)recommendation: We're thrilled that GiveWell has listed us as one of their top recommended charities once again this year. It's not an easy mountain to climb: GiveWell reviews hundreds of organizations in unbelievable depth, and recommends very few. Read the blog post