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Evidence Action — No Lean Season

Urban seasonal laborers in the city of Rangpur, Bangladesh. (Photo courtesy of Evidence Action)
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To support the No Lean Season program.
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Published: June 2017

Note: This grant was awarded while the Open Philanthropy Project was a partnership between GiveWell and Good Ventures.

Good Ventures, with input from GiveWell, awarded a grant of $1,687,500 to Evidence Action as part of GiveWell’s Incubation Grants to support the development of potential future top charities and improve the quality of GiveWell’s recommendations. This grant is intended to support Evidence Action’s work on No Lean Season, its program incentivizing seasonal migration. Evidence Action plans to use these funds towards its work in Bangladesh and Indonesia.

Evidence Action is an organization that takes evidence-backed development interventions to scale, working to turn successful trials into sustainable large-scale organizations. Its No Lean Season program offers subsidies (grants or loans) to low-income agricultural workers as an incentive to migrate during the famine season to urban areas where higher wages can be earned.

See GiveWell’s page on this grant for more details.