Global health and wellbeing is a broad approach to cause prioritization within effective altruism. In contrast to longtermism, which evaluates causes based on their expected effects on the long-term future, global health and wellbeing prioritizes interventions with robust evidence of impact on the lives of existing individuals. Prominent causes in global health and wellbeing include scientific research, policy advocacy, farmed animal welfare, and global development. Other names for this approach include short-termism, neartermism, and non-longtermism, although some consider these designations to be inaccurate or misleading, because they overemphasize temporal discounting or population ethics and overlook its other defining characteristics of the approach, such as tight feedback loops, non-fanaticism, and tangible impact.[1][2]


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    Karnofsky, Holden (2021) Open Philanthropy’s new co-CEO, Open Philanthropy, June 16.


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