Lives depend on it
More than 760 million people live in extreme poverty, surviving on less than A$2 per day. Diseases associated with extreme poverty, such as malaria and parasitic worms, kill millions of people every year. Millions more are stunted or suffer chronic disease, yet these diseases can be easily prevented or alleviated.
You can make a difference
The scale of poverty can often feel overwhelming, yet the majority of Australians are in an incredibly
position. Did you know that if you’re living on A$38,000 per year, you’re in the richest 5% of people on the
planet? At A$70,000 per year, you’re in the top 1%. With the rise of evidence-driven interventions, we each have
an unprecedented opportunity to transform lives. We have already made significant progress, with extreme poverty
rates cut in half between 1990 and 2015.
Check out our Impact Calculator impact calculator to see just how far your donation can go.
Because giving works
It’s easy to get disillusioned with charities, and it makes sense to be concerned where your donation goes. Here
at Effective Altruism Australia,
we partner with charities that are independently
evaluated to be doing work that improves and saves lives. Effective interventions can – and do – break the cycle
of poverty. Every dollar invested in anti-malarial bed nets
increases GDP by $12. By preventing diseases,
children are able to stay healthy and in school longer, and cash transfers give people the chance to invest in
their businesses and livelihoods.
Have a look at Giving What we Can’s Myths About Aid to dispel some common objections to giving. Or if you prefer video, Hans Rosling’s 2014 TED talk is a great resource: