Picking an organization to donate to
One activity I want to end on is having you use your own insights to choose where I donate some money, on your behalf. I will donate 15 euros to whichever organization/project you personally choose. (I.e., 15 euros per person in the course, so your answer sends 15 euros somewhere.)
I have chosen a diverse set of projects, some of which are not MBD at all, but are organizations I like. I do this partially because I like those organizations, and partially to create a tension and make you reflect on the value of MBD versus other initiatives :)
After the class I will post receipts to the course DropBox.
Option 1: Fuel efficient and low emission cook stoves (Gold Standard)
efficient and low emission cook stoves, specifically in Guinea. This
donation more or less goes to the purchase of carbon offset credits,
with those credits being used to subsidize the cost of cook stoves for
people in Guinea. Each offset credit is US$20, so I will do the
currency conversion and round up. More information can be found here: https://marketplace.goldstandard.org/collections/projects/products/improved-cookstoves-guinea
Option 2: Supporting microentrepreneurs (Kiva)
is an organization many of you may know. They support micro
entrepreneurs through invididual, crowdsourced loans. They do accept
donations to cover their own overhead costs, and that is where this
donation would go: https://www.kiva.org/blog/why-donate-to-kiva as well as https://www.kiva.org/donate/supportus.
In essence, donations help ensure that 100% of loans go tho the
recipient. I encourage you to take a look at some of the entrepreneurs
they are supporting, and consider contributing to some loans as well.
If you contribute to a loan, you actually will get the money back. a https://www.kiva.org/
Option 3: Médecins Sans Frontières
I've always liked Doctors Without Borders, as they do great work. This is obviously not MBD though, but is a great organization.
Option 4: The Red Cross for Ukraine Aid
I think it is hard to not be affected by the Russian invasion of Ukraine, especially while sitting in Finland. There are many refugees and displaced people who need support there. This is obviously neither MBD, nor the Global South, but is a great cause.