Effective Altruism Funds: Global Health and Development Fund donations made to Instiglio

This is an online portal with information on donations that were announced publicly (or have been shared with permission) that were of interest to Vipul Naik. The git repository with the code for this portal, as well as all the underlying data, is available on GitHub. All payment amounts are in current United States dollars (USD). The repository of donations is being seeded with an initial collation by Issa Rice as well as continued contributions from him (see his commits and the contract work page listing all financially compensated contributions to the site) but all responsibility for errors and inaccuracies belongs to Vipul Naik. Current data is preliminary and has not been completely vetted and normalized; if sharing a link to this site or any page on this site, please include the caveat that the data is preliminary (if you want to share without including caveats, please check with Vipul Naik). We expect to have completed the first round of development by the end of March 2020. See the about page for more details. Also of interest: pageview data on analytics.vipulnaik.com, tutorial in README, request for feedback to EA Forum.

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Basic donor information

ItemValue
Country United Kingdom
Affiliated organizations (current or former; restricted to potential donees or others relevant to donation decisions)Centre for Effective Altruism
Websitehttps://app.effectivealtruism.org/funds/global-development
Donations URLhttps://app.effectivealtruism.org/
Regularity with which donor updates donations datairregular
Regularity with which Donations List Website updates donations data (after donor update)irregular
Lag with which donor updates donations datamonths
Lag with which Donations List Website updates donations data (after donor update)days
Data entry method on Donations List WebsiteManual (no scripts used)

Brief history: This is one of four Effective Altruism Funds that are a program of the Centre for Effective Altruism (CEA). The creation of the funds was inspired by the success of the EA Giving Group donor-advised fund run by Nick Beckstead, and also by the donor lottery run in December 2016 by Paul Christiano and Carl Shulman (see https://forum.effectivealtruism.org/posts/WvPEitTCM8ueYPeeH/donor-lotteries-demonstration-and-faq for more). EA Funds were introduced on 2017-02-09 in the post https://forum.effectivealtruism.org/posts/a8eng4PbME85vdoep/introducing-the-ea-funds and launched on 2017-02-28 in the post http://effective-ahttps://forum.effectivealtruism.org/posts/iYoSAXhodpxJFwdQz/ea-funds-beta-launch The first round of allocations was announced on 2017-04-20 at https://forum.effectivealtruism.org/posts/MsaS8JKrR8nnxyPkK/update-on-effective-altruism-funds The funds allocation information appears to have next been updated in November 2017; see https://www.facebook.com/groups/effective.altruists/permalink/1606722932717391/ for more

Brief notes on broad donor philosophy and major focus areas: Since its inception, the fund has had Elie Hassenfeld of GiveWell as its fund manager. The fund has made grants in global health and development to GiveWell-aligned organizations. It has mostly been used to make grants under GiveWell Incubation Grants as well as provide further funding to GiveWell top and standout charities

Notes on grant decision logistics: Money from the fund is supposed to be granted about thrice a year, with the target months being December, March and July. Actual grant months may differ from the target months. The amount of money granted with each decision cycle depends on the amount of money available in the Fund as well as on the available donation opportunities

Notes on grant publication logistics: Grant details are published on the EA Funds website, and linked to from the Fund page. Grants are usually of two types: (1) Grants that are also GiveWell Incubation Grants, so they will be cross-posted to the GiveWell Incubation Grants page on GiveWell's site (but are listed only with donor Effective Altruism Funds on the donations list website), (2) Grants that are decided along with and similarly to GiveWell discretionary regranting

Notes on grant financing: Money in the Global Health and Development Fund only includes funds explicitly donated for that Fund. In each grant round, the amount of money that can be allocated is limited by the balance available in the fund at that time

This entity is also a donee.

Full donor page for donor Effective Altruism Funds: Global Health and Development Fund

Basic donee information

We do not have any donee information for the donee Instiglio in our system.

Full donee page for donee Instiglio

Donor–donee relationship

Item Value

Donor–donee donation statistics

Cause areaCountMedianMeanMinimum10th percentile 20th percentile 30th percentile 40th percentile 50th percentile 60th percentile 70th percentile 80th percentile 90th percentile Maximum
Overall 1 60,000 60,000 60,000 60,000 60,000 60,000 60,000 60,000 60,000 60,000 60,000 60,000 60,000
Global health 1 60,000 60,000 60,000 60,000 60,000 60,000 60,000 60,000 60,000 60,000 60,000 60,000 60,000

Donation amounts by cause area and year

If you hover over a cell for a given cause area and year, you will get a tooltip with the number of donees and the number of donations.

Note: Cause area classification used here may not match that used by donor for all cases.

Cause area Number of donations Total 2019
Global health (filter this donor) 1 60,000.00 60,000.00
Total 1 60,000.00 60,000.00

Skipping spending graph as there is fewer than one year’s worth of donations.

Full list of donations in reverse chronological order (1 donations)

Amount (current USD)Amount rank (out of 1)Donation dateCause areaURLInfluencerNotes
60,000.0012019-04-29Global healthhttps://app.effectivealtruism.org/funds/global-development/payouts/1qrRBknrSXGe4825arATUbGiveWell Elie Hassenfeld James Snowden Donation process: GiveWell found an interesting donation opportunity with Instiglio that fit into GiveWell Incubation Grants and would normally be funded by Good Ventures. Since this is a more high-risk high-reward grant than typical for GiveWell Incubation Grants, they decided to use funds from the Global Health and Development Fund rather than request money from Good Ventures

Intended use of funds (category): Direct project expenses

Intended use of funds: The grant is intended to cover a portion of the design costs for the initial technical specification of a new Health Outcomes Fund, intended to be between $50 million and $100 million, focused on primary health care. Partners working with Instiglio and likely contirbutors to the fund include GiveWell, UBS Optimus, and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. The fund should allow funders in global health and development to fund programs based on results, while reducing the transaction costs of a typical results-based contract. Design decisions include metric pricing, the selection of implementers and payment metrics, and verification and evaluation methodologies.

Donor reason for selecting the donee: GiveWell has four reason to recommend donating to the fund: (1) GiveWell can help push the fund to adopt its values of cost-effectiveness and transparency. (2) Participating in the fund may lead GiveWell to work with and influence international aid agencies toward GiveWell's approach. (3) GiveWell may also learn and update its approach from working with the other agencies. (4) The result-based financing method being tried by this fund may be worthwhile. Reservations include (a) Skepticism of some arguments for results-based financing. (b) Uncertainty about whether GiveWell will contribute to the fund after initial scoping. (c) Lower cost-effectiveness than the top GiveWell-recommended charities. The reason for funding through EA Funds rather than Good Ventures is the greater risk and reward, making it more suited for the fund

Donor reason for donating that amount (rather than a bigger or smaller amount): Likely a sufficient amount for this initial phase of scoping. No explicit amount-related discussions are included
Percentage of total donor spend in the corresponding batch of donations: 100.00%

Donor reason for donating at this time (rather than earlier or later): Likely determined by the stage of the fund

Donor thoughts on making further donations to the donee: GiveWell writes: "We are uncertain whether we will contribute funding to the Outcomes Fund once the scope is finalized. We would guess that there is sufficient alignment between partners to co-design a fund which meets our minimum criteria for cost-effectiveness, but we are uncertain whether this is the case."

Other notes: The grant is also listed under GiveWell Incubation Grants and has a page there: https://www.givewell.org/research/incubation-grants/april-2019-instiglio.