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People give to people: meet the global intermediaries

One of the disincentives to making donations to big charities tackling big problems is you don’t know where your money goes. There’s seldom a clear link between the human stories presented in the appeal, and the people who may benefit from your assistance.

Today GlobalGiving.co.uk launches an online system which changes that:

… enabling individuals to give directly to hundreds of well-vetted grassroots charity projects in over 70 countries, mostly in the developing world. Donors can also tangibly see the impact of their donations on the communities concerned through regular progress updates from project leaders. Projects range from providing clean water to villages in Morocco, enabling Guatemalan women to set up small-scale businesses, or helping Nepalis produce pedal-generated light as an alternative to dirty kerosene lamps.

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