I'm going to be writing a few papers on a particular low-income country for a global economic development class I'm going to be taking. Here are the topics


I'd like it to be relevant for people in EA, so if anyone is interested in answers to the above about a particular country or policy, but doesn't have the time to do the research for themselves, let me know.

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You could try doing something relevant to one of the charities founded under Charity Entrepreneurship. They often advocate or implement practical and widely-recommended policy solutions within specific low-income countries. There’s one charity working on reducing lead exposure for children, and another trying to improve vaccination rates against preventable diseases. You could reach out to the founders, learn which countries they’re considering working in next, write a general profile of poverty with specific focus on their target problem, advocate their policy or analyze their options within that country, and provide them a stakeholder roadmap for getting the policy effectively implemented. Charity Entrepreneurship also has a big list of ideas they’re waiting for more people to tackle, so you could talk with CE about fleshing out some of those proposals.

https://www.charityentrepreneurship.com/our-charities

Thanks! I'll ask them!

I'm from the lead exposure charity mentioned (LEEP: https://leadelimination.org/) - if banning lead paint counts as urban development then feel free to email me clare@leadelimination.org - we can definitely suggest some countries we're beginning work in.  

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I will find out if it does!

I have a Gdoc here ('Appendices to "The case against randomista development"') where I rank countries as a function of population, poverty (GDP per capita) to get at the importance and neglectedness of improving their economic policy proxied by their ranking on the World Banks Doing Business ranking.  The ranking is below.

But this didn't include tractability. Also from a longtermist perspective some people say that India is probably going to be the most important country, due to its population size, democracy, scalability, and so on.

 GDP per capita (PPP)PopulationPoverty multiplier (1/GDP) / max(1/GDP) to scaleImportance: Population * Poverty weightWB Doing business rankNeglectedness: WBDB/GDPI*N
Congo Democratic Republic of

$868

79M

147

115,637

183

0.21

24,380

Ethiopia

$1,734

102M

74

75,285

159

0.09

6,903

Mozambique

$1,216

29M

105

30,224

138

0.11

3,430

Bangladesh

$3,580

163M

36

58,025

168

0.05

2,723

India

$6,574

1B

19

256,777

63

0.01

2,461

Uganda

$1,819

41M

70

29,076

116

0.06

1,854

Pakistan

$5,238

193M

24

47,021

108

0.02

970

Nigeria

$5,861

186M

22

40,454

131

0.02

904

China

$15,531

1B

8

113,162

31

0.00

226