For my 30th birthday, I'd like to ask those who are able to consider donating $30 to this Educate Girls NGO. Why is this org / cause important to me and the world? Read on!
I am who I am today because of my access to a world-class education. My grandmother didn't have a chance to get a higher education, and my great grandmother barely had beyond an elementary one, and they were privileged for their times. Even now in South Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa, there are an estimated 130 MILLION girls who don't have access to education. Education is a human right that all men and women unequivocally deserve, but too few girls and women have access to it.
And let's say that you roll your eyes and think, eh, why should I care about this? How does this affect me? Setting aside altruism and access as a right, from a purely cost benefit point of view, educating women increases economic growth in societies, so that's less foreign aid out of your tax payer $. Educating women also gives them greater reproductive autonomy, preventing both overpopulation and directly combating climate change. To quote no notable feminist Larry Summers, " investment in the education of girls may well be the highest-return investment available in the developing world.” Educating women is the catalyst for greater social democracy across the world. Also, finally, since these $ go to the developing world, your dollar goes a longer way.
Some of you may be thinking, Karthik, that sounds decent, but how do I know that THIS charity's $ are effectual? That's a great question. This particular NGO intervention was the subject of the world's first impact bond evaluation. It found that " Student learning outcomes, which make up 80 percent of the outcome payment, were measured for girls and boys using the ASER test for English, Hindi, and Math, in which students receive a grade between A-E for each subject. Using a randomized controlled trial, IDinsight compared the progress on this test for children receiving the intervention to those in a comparison group. The target over the three years was a combined increase of 5,592 learning levels for the students receiving the intervention, above the comparison group. This target proved much more difficult to achieve in the first two years, with only 52 percent achieved by the end of year two. The final year of the DIB saw a huge increase in learning outcomes for the students receiving the intervention: by the end of year three, this group had improved their test performance by 8,940 more learning levels than the comparison group, equivalent to 160 percent of the target (Figure 2)." https://www.brookings.edu/blog/education-plus-development/2018/07/13/worlds-first-development-impact-bond-for-education-shows-successful-achievement-of-outcomes-in-its-final-year/