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Standout Charities

The organizations listed below support programs that may be extremely cost-effective and are evidence-backed. We do not feel as confident in the impact of these organizations as we do in our top charities. However, we have reviewed their work and feel these groups stand out from the vast majority of organizations we have considered in terms of the evidence base for the program they support, their transparency, and their potential cost-effectiveness. We have published reviews of all of these organizations.

Updated: September 2017
Previous versions of this page available: February 2017 and 2015

Development Media International (DMI)

Producing mass media to promote improved health behaviors in developing countries.

DMI produces radio and television broadcasts in developing countries that encourage people to adopt improved health practices. DMI's program may be highly cost-effective. DMI has completed a randomized controlled trial of its program. Read More

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Food Fortification Initiative (FFI)

Working to reduce micronutrient deficiencies by assisting with food fortification programs.

FFI works to reduce micronutrient deficiencies by doing advocacy and providing assistance to countries as they design and implement flour and rice fortification programs. We believe that food fortification with certain micronutrients may be a highly effective intervention. Read More

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The Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN) - Universal Salt Iodization (USI) program

Aiding salt iodization programs in developing countries.

Iodine deficiency, which remains common in the developing world, harms cognitive development. Fortifying salt with iodine successfully alleviates this problem. (For more, see our full report on salt iodization.) GAIN’s USI activities vary considerably across countries and include advocacy, technical assistance, supplying equipment, training government officials and salt producers, and monitoring, among others. Read More

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Iodine Global Network (IGN), formerly ICCIDD

Aiding salt iodization programs in developing countries.

Iodine deficiency, which remains common in the developing world, harms cognitive development. Fortifying salt with iodine successfully alleviates this problem. (For more, see our full report on salt iodization.) IGN aims to reduce iodine deficiency globally by advocating for national salt iodization programs, tracking progress on iodization, and providing global and country-specific guidance on related programmatic and scientific issues. Read More

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Living Goods

Supporting a network of community health promoters in Uganda.

Living Goods sells health products door-to-door and provides basic health counseling in sub-Saharan Africa. A randomized controlled trial measured a 27% reduction in childhood mortality as a result of its program. Read More

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Project Healthy Children (PHC)

Working to reduce micronutrient deficiencies by assisting with food fortification programs.

PHC aims to reduce micronutrient deficiencies by providing assistance to small countries as they design and implement food fortification programs. We believe that food fortification with certain micronutrients can be a highly effective intervention. Read More

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Other Charities Running Cost-Effective Evidence-Backed Programs

We've identified a number of other charities running cost-effective, evidence-backed programs. We have not completed full reviews of these organizations. Details here.