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Is There Such a Thing as "Bad" Charity?

Not long ago, I shared Peter Singer's now-famous 2013 TED Talk, The Why and How of Effective Altruism, with a friend to whom I was introducing the concept of effective altruism. In the talk, Professor Singer compares two solutions for blindness: curing trachoma, an infectious bacteria which causes blindness, or providing a guide dog for a blind person. "It costs about 40,000 dollars to train a guide dog and the recipient so the guide dog can be an effective help to a blind person," Professor Singer says. Yet highly effective charities can cure one person in a developing nation of trachoma for between 25 and 50 dollars. "You could provide one guide dog for one blind American," Professor Singer…

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