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Disaster Relief: the Haiti Earthquake

January 13th, 2010 by Deyan Leave a reply »

Together with the whole world, we have been reading about the terrible disaster that has struck Haiti. Our thoughts are with the families that have been hurt and we hope for a quick international intervention to help the ailing country.

Please consider making a donation if you can. We have not performed any research on disaster relief to date, but our partner GiveWell has a few interesting notes about potentially good organizations here (even though they have not done specific research either). Of the few organizations that they mention, I would probably highlight Partners in Health, which seems to have moved rather quickly to provide aid in Haiti:


  1. Are you calling the GiveWell blog a “Partner” after all of that criticism? It seems you spent an entire week trying to defend your website’s methodology against their abrasive comments. We love your site. Redirect your energy toward building some content and get us a list of what you think are the most effective charities in Haiti! We want to hear from you!

  2. Deyan says:


    Thanks for your kind comment, I appreciate it. While I personally disagree with the conclusions that GiveWell drew, I value their perspective and the rigor they bring. And FYI, we have been working for the past 6 months on our whitepaper, which goes much deeper into the same types of questions. We ourselves want to improve, so the public posts were perhaps a bit time intensive, but other than that they were also a good opportunity to explain more. Stay tuned, much more is coming!

    And yes, we are definitely spending the vast majority of our time on our research, an announcement about our 2010 plans is overdue!


  3. Frank says:

    how do you use the rss feed for your blog?

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