These monthly posts originated as the "Updates" section of the EA Newsletter. Organizations submit their own updates, which we edit for clarity.
Job listings that these organizations highlighted (as well as a couple of other impactful jobs) are at the top of this post. Some of the jobs have pressing deadlines.
You can see previous updates on the "EA Organization Updates (monthly series)" topic page, or in our repository of past newsletters. Notice that there’s also an “org update” tag, where you can find more news and updates that are not part of this consolidated series.
The organizations are in alphabetical order.
Consider also exploring jobs listed on “Job listing (open).”
Against Malaria Foundation
- Senior Operations Manager (Remote, £50,000 - £60,000)
Effective Institutions Project
- Chief of Staff/Chief Operating Officer (Remote, $75,000+)
- Nonprofit Founder in Biosecurity and Large-Scale Global Health (Remote Program/ 2 weeks in London/ Stipends + up to $200,000 in seed funding, apply to the Incubation Program by 12 March)
- Senior Researcher (Remote / Oakland, CA, $181,400 - $199,800)
- Senior Research Associate (Remote / Oakland, CA, $127,000 - $139,900)
- Content Editor (Remote / Oakland, CA, $83,500 - $91,900)
- Cause Prioritization Interns (Summer 2023) (Remote, $1,900 / week, apply by 26 February)
- Senior Program Associate - Forecasting (Remote, $134,526, apply by 5 March)
- Associated roles in operations and finance (Most roles remote but require US working hours, $84,303 - $104,132)
Expression of Interest - Project lead/co-lead for a Longtermist Incubator (Remote, flexible, $67,000 - 115,000, apply by 28 February)
EVF’s recent update - announcing interim CEOs of EVF - highlights changes to 80,000 Hours’ organisation structure. 80,000 Hours’ CEO, Howie Lempel, moved to Interim CEO of Effective Ventures Foundation in the UK in November, and Brenton Mayer has been acting as Interim CEO of 80k in his absence.
This month on The 80,000 Hours Podcast, Rob Wiblin interviewed Athena Aktipis on cancer, cooperation, and the apocalypse.
80,000 Hours also shared several blog posts, including Michelle Hutchinson’s writing on My thoughts on parenting and having an impactful career.
Anima International’s Bulgarian team, Nevidimi Zhivotni, recently released a whistleblower video interviewing a former fur farmworker. As a result, part of the video was shown on Bulgaria’s national evening news programme and a member of the team was interviewed live on air. This represents the first time that fur has been covered in depth as a topic on prime-time television in the country.
Further north in Poland, Anima International’s Polish team Otwarte Klatki launched one of its biggest projects as part of the Fur Free Europe campaign. In the video, we see celebrities reacting to being shown footage from fur farms. It’s worth remembering that Poland is one of the world’s top fur producers.
Finally, the team in Norway is gearing up for the Anima Advocacy Conference (Dyrevernkonferansen) 2023. The conference is dedicated to effective animal advocacy and was the first with such a focus when it launched a few years ago. For more information and to get tickets, you can go here.
Berkeley Existential Risk Initiative (BERI)
Elizabeth Cooper joins BERI as Deputy Director starting March 1. She’ll help run BERI’s university collaborations program, as well as launching new BERI programs in the future.
Centre for Effective Altruism
You can see an update from the Forum team here: “Community” posts have their own section, subforums are closing, and more (Forum update February 2023)
Centre for the Study of Existential Risk (CSER)
- Freya Jephcott contributed to new operational guidance from the World Health Organisation on Early Warning Alert and Response in Emergencies.
- Elizabeth Seger, Giulio Corsi, Aviv Ovadya and Shahar Avin, wrote a response to the recent report from the OpenAI, CSET, and SIO looking at the impacts of Large Language Models on covert political influence operations.
- CSER researchers issued a statement following the updating of the Doomsday Clock by the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists.
- Freya Jephcott published a paper in Medical Anthropology outlining doubts over the generation and spread of misinformation within outbreak investigations.
- Clarissa Rios Rojas spoke at a plenary session on Science for Diplomacy and at the closing ceremony of the World Science Forum 2022.
Announcing: Top Ideas you can start through Charity Entrepreneurship’s Incubation Program.
CE has announced their top interventions in Large-Scale Global Health and Biosecurity, that you can launch through their July-August 2023 Incubation Program. The application deadline is March 12, 2023. Apply here.
- An organization preventing the growth of antimicrobial resistance by advocating for better (pull) funding mechanisms to drive R&D and responsible use of new antibiotics.
- An advocacy organization that promotes academic guidelines to restrict potentially harmful “dual-use” research.
Large-Scale Global Health in Low-and Middle-income Regions:
- A charity that rolls out dual HIV/syphilis rapid diagnostic tests, penicillin, and training to antenatal clinics, to effectively tackle congenital syphilis at scale.
- An organization that distributes life-saving Oral Rehydration Solution and Zinc co-packages to treat life-threatening diarrhea in under five year olds.
- A charity that builds healthcare capacity to provide “Kangaroo Care”, an exceptionally simple and cost-effective treatment, to avert hundreds of thousands of newborn deaths each year.
Learn more about them in this post. You can also apply for CE’s 2024 February-March program that will focus on farmed animals and global health and development mass media interventions. CE also invites you to an online event on February 20, 6PM UK Time, where Sam Hilton, Director of Research, will introduce the ideas and answer your questions. Team members and incubatees will also be present at EAG Bay Area.
CE provides participants with 2-month, full-time training, stipends to cover living costs, and seed funding of up to $200,000 per project. Learn more
Effective Institutions Project
The Effective Institutions Project is wrapping up research on global catastrophic risk management at the US National Security Council and AI Safety at Google (and its parent company, Alphabet). They did this with the goal of investigating actionable strategies for improving decision-making at these institutions. They are grateful to Philip Reiner / Loren DeJonge Schulman (NSC) and Tim Hwang / Shahar Avin (Google) for leading these projects.
One of EIP’s goals is to build a field of philanthropists interested in working together to help shape the actions of important institutions in ways that benefit humanity and the planet. With this in mind, the Building Better Institutions convening on January 18 covered topics such as global catastrophic risks, improving institutional epistemics, improving talent in key institutions, and global health and development. At the event, EIP shared their first slate of grant recommendations with potential funders and other key stakeholders. In total, they have raised or granted nearly $600,000 to date for these opportunities.
Finally, EIP welcomes three new research fellows for the spring: Alex Bavalsky, Kartik Sharma, and Gabrielle Tran. These fellows will assist full-time staff in executing pilot implementations of new initiatives, brokering collaborations with funders, and conducting the next edition of the landscape analysis of important institutions.
Faunalytics released their newest original report, Reforming Animal Agriculture Subsidies: A Guide for Advocates. This report dives into animal agriculture subsidies and how advocates can reduce their harmful impact.
Additionally, Faunalytics released a companion report, The Animal Agriculture Industry's Perspective On Advocates & Cage-Free Reforms. Here they review a small sample of industry publications and outline findings.
The organization celebrated the milestone of 5,000 entries in their free online Research Library, and also updated the collection with articles on topics including insect farmers’ attitudes toward slaughter and biases in AI hurting farmed animals.
Fish Welfare Initiative
Fish Welfare Initiative (FWI) recently published their 2022 in Review, where they discuss some of their key successes of the year (e.g. improving the lives of an additional ~720,000 fish) as well as key challenges (e.g. running on-the-ground experiments with farmers in India). FWI also gave a talk at EAGx India, and was represented at EAGx Latin America.
FWI would like to invite anyone who’s interested in following their work more closely to sign up to their monthly newsletter.
FP’s Global Health and Development Fund made grants to LEEP, New Incentives, and, as a result of FP’s Giving Multipliers work, to The Life You Can Save and Effektiv Spenden. FP’s Global Catastrophic Risk Fund supported reporting by Vox on the Biological Weapons Convention and other imperiled international treaties.
This quarter, FP researchers are working on methodological improvements focused on external and internal validity adjustments, time-bounding charity evaluations using value-of-information concerns, and finalizing a new longtermist ratings system. Ongoing research includes a landscape of the nuclear philanthropy space, new prioritization work in climate, continued investigation of funding opportunities involving mass media interventions, a re-evaluation of the evidence base on education interventions, and investigations on far UV light and vaccine research.
FP has also started recommending a number of new high-impact funding opportunities to its members: Family Empowerment Media, Clean Air Asia’s Clean Construction Toolkit program in India, and a new biotech FRO being spun up by Convergent Research.
Recently, FP Senior Researcher Christian Ruhl was awarded the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists’ Leonard M. Rieser Award jointly with CSER’s Haydn Belfield. FP also recently published Christian’s recent research on hotlines and global catastrophic risk, as well as philanthropy to the right of boom.
Finally, Applied Researcher Megan Phelan recently started on FP’s climate team. Megan previously earned a Ph.D in materials science at Caltech, where her doctoral work focused on solar photovoltaics.
- GiveWell published the following new research materials:
- An update to its evaluation of the evidence for breastfeeding promotion programs.
- Grant pages about a recent $30.2 million grant to New Incentives, and a $1 million exit grant to Results for Development for its pediatric pneumonia treatment program in Tanzania.
- Short notes on why GiveWell is deprioritizing research into small-quantity lipid nutrient supplementation, promoting the adoption of Bt eggplants, and manual water pumps to help farmers irrigate their crops.
- GiveWell's CEO and co-founder, Elie Hassenfeld, was interviewed by Matthew Yglesias on a recent episode of the Slow Boring podcast. Topics included GiveWell's founding and evolution, the story behind New Incentives, and the value of acknowledging and learning from failure.
Giving Green published a white paper on corporate climate action, “How To Think Beyond Net-Zero”. It outlines 4 high-impact strategies that businesses can take to maximize their climate impact: engaging in policy, donating to high-impact nonprofits, contributing to catalytic technologies, and purchasing high-quality carbon credits if necessary for existing commitments. Giving Green’s team is offering free 1-1 consultations with businesses who are seeking advice about their climate strategies and invites anyone interested to get in touch here.
Giving What We Can
The Giving What We Can community raised over $50 million USD in 2022, including donations from pledgers and through the donation platform.
Sjir Hoeijmakers published an overview of current effective giving organisations and projects on the EA Forum.
Giving What We Can also added to their top-rated charities list, including:
Global Catastrophic Risk Institute
GCRI has begun some work on solution-oriented public outreach, publishing opinion articles on climate change solutions related to housing and transportation in the New York City metropolitan area. GCRI previously announced a shift toward such outreach work in GCRI's 2022 Annual Report.
GCRI also published two official statements on issues of social justice and inclusivity. One addresses the Demographic Diversity of the GCRI Team following recent changes to the team. The other addresses Race and Intelligence in response to problematic remarks by senior scholar Nick Bostrom.
The Humane League
- The Open Wing Alliance - an international coalition working together to end the abuse of chickens worldwide - secured a significant victory from Viking cruise line! Just weeks after calling on Viking to stop profiting from animal abuse, the cruise line announced a global policy to procure 100% cage-free eggs by 2025 at the latest.
- Upholding its commitment to holding companies accountable for their promises to end animal abuse, THL released its latest Eggsposé. This yearly report exposes companies still profiting from packed cages and empty promises, pressuring them to go cage-free.
- THL also released a Global Manufacturers Report, which raises consumer awareness to which food manufacturing companies are fulfilling or underperforming on their cage-free commitments for hens. Within 2 hours of being published, the report was circling the globe through more than 100 media outlets.
- THL's corporate victories are fueled by monthly gifts. This year, they're looking for 200 new monthly donors: one for every company they'll be reaching out to in 2023. Join The Heart Beat today!
Happier Lives Institute
HLI published a shallow cause exploration of pain relief. The report was commissioned by Founders Pledge and expands on HLI’s previous work in Sharma et al. (2020). The report includes tentative back-of-the-envelope calculations for the cost-effectiveness of several interventions and estimates that providing opioids for terminal pain might be 100x more cost-effective than cash transfers.
A recent post on the Effective Altruism Forum argued that StrongMinds should not be a top recommended charity (yet) and sparked much debate. HLI published a response to clarify the strength of the evidence and to acknowledge what we’ve learned from the discussion. A debate about the technicalities of HLI's methodology is still ongoing in the comments section. Transparent exchanges like this are an important part of research and HLI highly values this deep engagement with HLI's work.
Devex, a leading media platform for the global development community, published an in-depth interview with HLI’s Director, Michael Plant: Could happiness be a new measure for nonprofit effectiveness? The article provides an accessible introduction to HLI’s approach and the implications it could have for the global development field.
Legal Priorities Project
Eric Martínez and Christoph Winter published a new working paper titled “The intuitive appeal of legal protection for future generations,” arguing that the principles underlying legal longtermism — namely, that the law can and should protect the long-term future much more than it does currently — are in fact widely endorsed by legal experts and laypeople, independent of demographic factors such as gender, culture, and politics.
Jonas Schuett published a paper on “Three lines of defense against risks from AI,” outlining a framework aimed at helping AI companies assign and coordinate risk management roles and responsibilities. Jonas started this project at LPP and finished it at his new position at GovAI.
Open Philanthropy announced the results of its regranting challenge, which will regrant $150 million to several excellent grantmakers chosen by a competitive process. The awardees are:
- Development Innovation Ventures
- Eleanor Crook Foundation
- The Global Education and Global Health Innovation programs at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
- Tara Climate Foundation.
Open Philanthropy published a shallow cause investigation on Tobacco Control, written by Cause Prioritization intern Helen Kissel.
Quantified Uncertainty Research Institute
This month QURI released The QURI Medley, a new Substack newsletter. It represents a collection of early takes, polished work, and announcements.
Select posts this month include (posted on the EA Forum and the newsletter):
- Misha Yagudin and Ozzie Gooen Discuss LLMs and Effective Altruism (Video)
- Why does Academia+EA produce so few online videos?
- EA Could Use Better Internal Communications Infrastructure
- Probing GPT-3's ability to produce new ideas in the style of Robin Hanson and others
- Interim Update on our Work on EA Cause Area Candidates
- My highly personal skepticism braindump on existential risk from artificial intelligence
- An in-progress experiment to test how Laplace’s rule of succession performs in practice
- Eli Lifland on Navigating the AI Alignment Landscape (Video)
Separately, Slava has started to do a technical revamping of Guesstimate. We’re exploring fully bringing Guesstimate into QURI for continual support.
Rethink Priorities (RP)
- The newest installments in the Moral Weight Project sequence include Octopuses (Probably) Don't Have Nine Minds by Academic Collaborator Joe Gottlieb, Don’t Balk at Animal-friendly Results by Senior Research Manager Bob Fischer, and If Adult Insects Matter, How Much Do Juveniles Matter? by Bob Fischer and Academic Collaborator Emily Sandall.
- Associate Researcher Marie Davidsen Buhl also launched a sequence on speedruns of scalable longtermist projects, which currently features shallow investigations into (1) developing an affordable super personal protective equipment (PPE) written by Marie and (2) AI alignment prizes by Research Fellow Joe O'Brien.
- Research Fellow Jam Kraprayoon wrote up findings from four surveys on the US public’s support for using ultraviolet germicidal irradiation technology for reducing risks from pathogens.