Introduction

“A conversation on poverty” is my public attempt to develop an educated view on the most effective ways of helping the poorest people in the world to improve their living conditions.

Note: yes, there is already A LOT of research —in fact, good research— on the topic, but I will explain in another post why I still have many questions about it. More on that soon…

The search for effectiveness is inspired by the effective altruism movement: if you want to do good, you should try to determine how you can do the most good with the resources available to you.

Possible outcomes

a) I am convinced that a certain approach —or “intervention” in development jargon— is the most effective¹.

b) I conclude that we need to do more research on other alternatives and try to make that happen.

c) I am overwhelmed by the amount of existing research or the complexity of the subject and I fail to come to a conclusion.

The plan

Why make this public

How you can help

  • You can point me towards research or arguments I may not be aware of.
  • You can question my reasoning whenever it seems to be flawed.
  • You can share additional arguments that can complement or change my views.

The best way to contribute to a post is to respond, either inline or at the end of the post. Typo and grammar alerts are welcome too!

Note on editing


¹ The conclusion would have to be periodically reviewed, since there is always the possibility of new research or new arguments changing my views. I will be satisfied if I have taken into account most of the high quality research and arguments available at any given moment.

A conversation on poverty

A look into the most effective ways of improving poor people’s living conditions

Pablo Melchor

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Entrepreneur, lifelong student, occasional teacher. Helping to develop effective altruism in Spain. https://pablomelchor.com/hello/

A conversation on poverty

A look into the most effective ways of improving poor people’s living conditions