In which an EA goes to Africa, asks a ton of questions, then writes about it.
Here’s a series of posts summarizing what I learned and experienced:
I spent a week living with a family in a rural village in Rwanda, living in their hut, working on the farm, and asking them a million strange (EA) questions, like:
I also spent a month and a half in Rwanda and Uganda more generally, visited a fish farm, and sat and watched a lot of pigs and chickens, much to the villagers’ bemusement. I did this ground research to get a more qualitative sense of the problems and how best to help from an EA perspective.
Epistemic disclaimer: everything about this is incredibly uncertain. This was just me spending a month and a half in a small part of Africa. My very first post is about how very limited all of this information is. Personally, this whole trip brought me twenty steps closer to complete epistemic nihilism, but for those of you who still have hope, here it is.
I’ll tag all of the ones that refer to animal welfare so you can read or avoid those according to your preferences.
The Parable of the Boy Who Cried 5% Chance of Wolf
The most important lesson I learned after ten years in EA
Why fun writing can save lives
I'm an effective altruist who co-founded Nonlinear, Charity Entrepreneurship, and Charity Science Health (Suvita)