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The Life You Can Save presents a conversation with new GiveDirectly President Rory Stewart
“Instead of giving a tent to people in poverty, which they sell for cash to buy what they want, or moving wheat halfway around the world from a farmer in Idaho, we’re actually letting people determine what their needs are.” - Rory Stewart, GiveDirectly President

Join us for a special online event with GiveDirectly President Rory Stewart and Africa Director, Recipients Advocacy Caroline Teti.

Earlier this year, GiveDirectly appointed former UK International Development Secretary Rory Stewart as its new President/CEO. Stewart succeeds GiveDirectly’s founder Michael Faye (who now serves as Executive Chair) and will lead GiveDirectly in an exciting new phase as the world’s fastest growing nonprofit with a proven model for eradicating extreme poverty around the world.

GiveDirectly is a nonprofit that lets donors send unconditional cash transfers directly to the world’s poorest households. GiveDirectly believes that people in poverty deserve the dignity to choose for themselves how best to improve their lives. Its successful model has helped build a consensus in the international community that unconditional cash transfers are one of the most effective approaches to addressing extreme poverty.

GiveDirectly’s pitch is as radical as it is simple. GiveDirectly argues that if you give every family in an impoverished community a no-strings-attached one-time payment of US$1,000 — approximately four days’ salary for a typical UN staffer — you can transform their lives for the better in almost every way.

Thurs Dec 8, 2022 5:00 PM AEDT (Sydney)
Thurs Dec 8, 2022 7:00 AM CET (Berlin)

Wednesday Dec 7, 2022 10:00 PM PST (Los Angeles)


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Rory Stewart
President @GiveDirectly
Rory is a British academic, author, diplomat and former politician with a wide ranging and impressive career. He served as a Member of Parliament (MP) from 2010 to 2019 and has served terms in the UK Government as Minister of State for Justice, Minister of State in Foreign Office and DFID (covering Africa, Middle East, and Asia), Minister for the Environment and Chair of the House of Commons Defence Select Committee. Most recently, Rory served as the UK Secretary of State for International Development, where he oversaw a budget of 20 billion pounds in foreign aid alone. Prior to working in government , Rory was chair and chief executive of the Turquoise Mountain Foundation, based in Kabul in Afghanistan, which he built from 1 to 300 employees. And before that –– in 2002 –– he walked for 21 months crossing Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, and Nepal.
Caroline Teti
Director, Recipients Advocacy @GiveDirectly
Caroline is the Africa Director, Recipients Advocacy at GiveDirectly. She has worked for GiveDirectly on different roles including Field Director for the Basic Income Project and Director of Government and External Relations. She previously worked as a Senior Programme Manager of the national inter-ministerial public health programme targeting over six million children annually with deworming. She is a social scientist with 14 years cumulative work experience in the public sector as well as local and international NGOs. Among the sectors that Caroline has worked in include: education, Health, water and sanitation, microfinance and health advocacy.
Will Brown
Africa Correspondent @The Telegraph
Will Brown is an award-winning foreign correspondent based in Nairobi for The Telegraph and a Senior Associate at the Centre for Strategic and International Studies in Washington DC. Before joining The Telegraph, he was the West Africa Correspondent for The Economist based in Dakar and a freelance journalist in New Delhi. He has reported in 27 countries and been published in, appeared on, or cited by more than 40 major news outlets. He has been cited by Human Rights Watch, the US Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, as well as in the European and UK Parliaments. He has also been asked to brief members of the US State Department and Amnesty International researchers on potential war crimes.
Louise Pfeiffer
Director of Philanthropy @The Life You Can Save
Louise is the Director of Philanthropy at The Life You Can Save. She has worked extensively in financial services for over 20 years as an adviser, manager and consultant. She joined The Life You Can Save in May 2022 however was influenced by Founder Peter Singer’s work while at university, where she minored in philosophy and ethics ahead of embarking on a career in the for-profit sector. She is driven to help end global poverty through building a culture of high-impact giving through her work at The Life You Can Save. Louise has worked or volunteered in roles across many industries including: management consulting; political campaigning; and animal advocacy.