EA Philippines is currently doing cause prioritization and career advice research on causes that could be very impactful for Filipinos to contribute to. We are currently doing research on local farm animal welfare and local mental health, and we're mostly done with a problem profile for local poverty.
We're also considering interviewing Filipinos working in the AI space or taking PhDs in computer science to see if it's recommendable for Filipinos to contribute to technical AI safety or AI policy.
I started this in April 2020, with no research background other than a couple of papers I wrote in university. My 2 co-founders have since helped in the research, and we're also now managing 3 volunteers (2 students and 1 fresh grad) who are helping out in the research.
I definitely think there's space for more people to do cause prioritization projects, whether to build up research experience and skills, find high-impact career paths or donation opportunities, or explore your own cause prioritization. I think it's even more important for people unable to move to the U.S. or U.K., since you can do research to determine which causes are most important, neglected, and tractable for you to have a career in within your region.
Yi-Yang Chua from EA Singapore wrote this great piece on why it's important to do local priorities research, which might be worth a read.