- Top charities
Published: March 2011
A woman in a developing country is 97 times more likely to die as a result of pregnancy than a woman in a developed country. Some charities work to reduce maternal mortality through interventions including better primary care facilities; others work to improve women's access to birth control. We have not identified a charity we can confidently recommend in this area.
Also see our report on maternal mortality.
The Small Enterprise Foundation, our highest-rated economic empowerment organization has clients who are predominantly women.2 We recommend:
Also see our report on economic empowerment.
Charities run a large variety of education programs in the developing world. We feel that all these programs have potential to be helpful when carried out appropriately, but none have strong track records of reliably improving student performance (or life outcomes).
Our top recommendation in this cause is Pratham, an India-based education charity that has shown an unusual commitment to rigorously evaluating its programming and generating better knowledge about what works. (See our brief review of Pratham.)
Many other women-focused charities work to improve and enforce laws protecting women. We have not yet researched these areas. If you would like to stay posted on the progress of our research, you can sign up for updates using the box to the right above.