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|Frida Ghitis: Cuba's new President just a rebranding of repression|
Added: 20.04.2018 17:10 | 2 views | 0 comments
Do not believe all those headlines claiming that Cuba is beginning a "new era." Yes, it's true that, as of Thursday, Cuba has a new President and that, for the first time in decades, his name is not Castro. For now, however, not much more than the presidential letterhead is changing.
|Cuba names Castro's replacement|
Added: 19.04.2018 15:04 | 1 views | 0 comments
Miguel Diaz-Canel was officially named as the new leader of Cuba on Thursday, one day after a vote in the country's National Assembly.
|Our 2018 plans for research|
Added: 19.04.2018 14:58 | 4 views | 0 comments
This is the second of three posts that form our annual review and plan for the following year. The reviewed our progress in 2017. The following post will cover GiveWell's progress and plans as an organization. We aim to release our metrics on our influence on donations in 2017 by the end of June 2018.
Our primary research goals for 2018 are to:
- Explore areas that may be more cost-effective than our current recommendations but don’t fit neatly into our current criteria by investigating (i) interventions aimed at influencing policy in low- and middle-income countries and (ii) opportunities to influence major aid agencies.
- Find new top charities that meet our current criteria by (i) completing intervention reports for at least two interventions we think are likely to result in GiveWell top charities by the end of 2019, (ii) considering renewal of GiveWell Incubation Grants to current grantee organizations that may become top charities in the future and making new Incubation Grants, and (iii) developing and maintaining high-quality relationships with charities, funders, and influencers in the global health and development community.
- Improve our internal processes to support the above goals. We plan to continue to delegate significant parts of our top charity update process to non-management staff and to improve our year-end process for making recommendations.
- Continue following our top charities and address priority questions. We are devoting fewer resources than we have in the past to top charity updates. We plan to continue gathering up-to-date information to allow us to make high-quality allocation decisions for giving season, and to answer a small number of high-priority questions.
Our secondary goals (which we hope to achieve, but are lower priority than the goals above) are to:
- Improve the quality of our decisions and transparency about our decision-making process.
- Hire more flexible research capacity to increase our output.
- Complete reviews of two new potential top charities.
We discuss each of these goals in greater depth below.
|The era of the Castros is ending in Cuba|
Added: 18.04.2018 20:57 | 1 views | 0 comments
For the first time in the lives of most Cubans, a man not named Castro is set to take over the leadership of the Communist-run island nation.
|Review of our research in 2017|
Added: 18.04.2018 18:13 | 6 views | 0 comments
This is the first of three posts that form our annual review and plan for the following year. This post reviews and evaluates last year’s progress on our work of finding and recommending evidence-based, thoroughly-vetted charities that serve the global poor. The following two posts will cover (i) our plans for GiveWell’s research in 2018 and (ii) GiveWell's progress and plans as an organization. We aim to release our metrics on our influence on donations in 2017 by the end of June 2018.
We believe that 2017 was a successful year for GiveWell’s research. We met our five primary goals for the year, as articulated in our from the beginning of the year:
Our primary research goals for 2017 are to:
- Speed up our output of new , by hiring a and by improving our process for reviewing interventions at a shallow level.
- Increase the number of promising charities that apply for our recommendation. Alternatively, we may learn why we have relatively few strong applicants and decide whether to change our process as a result. Research Analyst Chelsea Tabart will spend most of her time on this project.
- Through , fund projects that may lead to more top charity contenders in the future and consider grantees and as potential 2017 top charities.
- Further improve the robustness and usability of our .
- Improve our process for following the progress of current top charities to reduce staff time, while maintaining quality. We also have some specific goals (discussed below) with respect to answering open questions about current top charities.
We achieved our five primary goals for the year:
- Our intervention-related output was greater than in any past year, although we still see room for improvement in the pace with which we complete and publish this work (). We hired a Senior Fellow and published nine full or interim intervention reports in 2017, compared to four in 2016.
- We increased the number of promising charities that applied for our recommendation ().
- We added two new top charities: Evidence Action's No Lean Season (the first top charity to start as a GiveWell Incubation Grant recipient) and Helen Keller International's vitamin A supplementation program (which joined our list as a result of our charity outreach work). We continued to follow our current Incubation Grant recipients and made several new Incubation Grants to grow the pipeline of new top charities ().
- We made substantial improvements to our cost-effectiveness analysis ().
- We reduced the amount of staff time spent on following our current top charities. We also completed 17 of the 19 activities outlined in last year’s plan ().
We discuss progress on each of our primary goals below. For each high-level goal, we include (i) the subgoals we set in our last annual review, (ii) an evaluation of whether we met those subgoals, and (iii) a summary of key activities completed last year.
|Canada to return diplomat families from Cuba over health concerns|
Added: 17.04.2018 7:10 | 1 views | 0 comments
The families of Canadian diplomats in Cuba will return home permanently due to unexplained heath concerns, Canada's government announced Monday.
|JFK's 'secret' doomsday map revealed|
Added: 07.04.2018 5:10 | 5 views | 0 comments
An old map of Cuba is up for auction in Boston -- but it's much more than a map.
|Considering policy advocacy organizations: Why GiveWell made a grant to the Centre for Pesticide Suicide Prevention|
Added: 22.03.2018 16:00 | 45 views | 0 comments
In August 2017, GiveWell recommended a of $1.3 million to the Centre for Pesticide Suicide Prevention (CPSP). This grant was made as part of to seed the development of potential future GiveWell top charities and to grow the pipeline of organizations we can consider for a recommendation. CPSP implements a different type of program from work GiveWell has funded in the past. Namely, CPSP identifies the pesticides which are most commonly used in suicides and advocates for governments to ban the most lethal pesticides.
Because CPSP's goal is to encourage governments to enact bans, its work falls into the broader category of policy advocacy, an area we are newly focused on. We plan to investigate or are in the process of investigating several other policy causes, including tobacco control, lead paint regulation, and measures to improve road traffic safety
This post will discuss:
- GiveWell's interest in researching policy advocacy interventions as possible priority programs. ()
- Why CPSP is promising as a policy advocacy organization and Incubation Grant recipient. ()
- Our plans for following CPSP's work going forward. ()
|What happened to Cuba's forgotten cinemas?|
Added: 21.03.2018 1:50 | 15 views | 0 comments
It took photographer Carolina Sandretto four years and three round trip journeys to Cuba to put together a comprehensive book about the architectural opulence of its movie theaters.
|The problem with 'Latin American photography'|
Added: 16.03.2018 12:50 | 17 views | 0 comments
"There is no other expression or discipline which can express reality as directly as photography," said Cuban photographer and cinematographer Mario García Joya during the second Colloquium of Latin American Photography in Mexico City in 1980, an ambitious event which had brought together photographers from across the region.