Where should you give to help Nepal?

I really liked GiveWell’s post, where they summed up their general advice. In brief:

  • Money is usually not the limiting factor at the moment, though it will be at some point
  • Give to organized professionals who have a track record of turning donations into action
  • Give unconditionally, letting them spend it anywhere in the world
  • Give to more transparent and accountable organizations
  • Give cash
  • Think about giving to less publicized causes
  • Don’t give to those market directly to you, on the phone or the street

I think this is great advice. On this basis, GiveWell recommends Doctors Without Borders and the Red Cross. I agree these are good bets. I have little to add, other than some fairly broad advice:

  • Consider giving in a year when others have stopped
  • Young people: consider giving up your plans to work in banking or consulting and taking a career in some form of international service, or if you do business, develop enterprise in poor countries
  • The best development intervention we know is international migration. Remember that the best gift your country could give is letting people move there more freely, so remember that when you vote.