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Who gives?

First published
Monday 16 March 2020

Last updated
Wednesday 18 November 2020

Why this story?

We give when we are moved – by the impact of personal loss, like the death of a loved one to cancer, or by catastrophic events, like the Boxing Day tsunami in Thailand or the earthquake in Haiti.

But what if we set compassion aside and gave with our heads? What if we had a moral duty to be sceptical and an obligation to give in ways that do the most good for the most people? Welcome to effective altruism – can measurable results and a demand for a return on investment be the future of giving? David Taylor, editor

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