New Incentives – Nigeria

Open Philanthropy recommended a grant of $13,676,963 dollars to New Incentives to support their continued expansion in northern Nigeria and the extension of their work in current areas of operation through 2024. This grant was made on GiveWell’s recommendation.

New Incentives — General Support (2021)

Illustration of an infant getting vaccinated. (Image courtesy of New Incentives.)

Open Philanthropy recommended a grant of $16,785,243 to New Incentives for general operating support, due to its status as a GiveWell top charity. We followed the recommendation of GiveWell staff regarding how to allocate grantmaking between GiveWell top charities.

Read GiveWell’s review of New Incentives to learn more about the charity’s activities and follow its progress.

New Incentives — General Support (2020)

New Incentives Field Officers conducting conditional cash transfer disbursements at an outreach session in Katsina, Nigeria. (Photo courtesy of New Incentives.)

Open Philanthropy recommended a GiveWell Incubation Grant of $1,897,905 to New Incentives to support its program providing conditional cash transfers for infant vaccination in North West Nigeria. This grant supplements a larger GiveWell Incubation Grant that was made in November 2017 to support New Incentives’ operations during a randomized controlled trial of its program. GiveWell Incubation Grants are recommended by GiveWell staff, and support the development of potential future top charities.

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

New Incentives — General Support (April 2020)

New Incentives Field Officers conducting conditional cash transfer disbursements at an outreach session in Katsina, Nigeria. (Photo courtesy of New Incentives.)

The Open Philanthropy Project recommended a GiveWell Incubation Grant of up to $1,897,905 to support its program providing conditional cash transfers (CCTs) for infant vaccination in North West Nigeria. This grant supplements a larger GiveWell Incubation Grant that was made in November 2017 to support New Incentives’ operations during a randomized controlled trial (RCT) of its program. The additional funding will sustain New Incentives’ operations for the duration of the RCT, plus additional time for us to evaluate the results of the RCT and one extra month for New Incentives to plan its wind-down if we decide not to recommend funding for it in the future. From mid-May until our investigation is complete (between mid-July and December 2020), New Incentives will receive monthly disbursements of $253,054, covering its operating expenses for up to 7.5 months in total. GiveWell Incubation Grants are recommended by GiveWell staff, and support the development of potential future top charities.

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

New Incentives — General Support (November 2017)

Caretakers in Zamfara waiting to get their infants immunized and receive cash transfers. (Photo courtesy of New Incentives.)

The Open Philanthropy Project recommended a GiveWell Incubation Grant of $5,944,203 to New Incentives to support its program offering conditional cash transfers for infant vaccination in North West Nigeria. This grant is the first (and major) tranche of a grant intended to fully support New Incentives’ operations through May 2020, for the duration of a randomized controlled trial of the program. The grant amount may be updated in the future. GiveWell Incubation Grants are recommended by GiveWell staff, and support the development of potential future top charities.

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

New Incentives — General Support (April 2017)

A mother in rural West Africa displays the Conditional Cash Transfer she received from the New Incentives program after immunizing her baby. (Photo courtesy of New Incentives)

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 $820,000 to New Incentives for general support, as part of GiveWell’s Incubation Grants to support the development of potential future top charities and improve the quality of GiveWell’s recommendations. New Incentives plans to use these funds to support its work on conditional cash transfers to incentivize child immunization.

Good Ventures previously made several grants to New Incentives, including funding for general support in 2014, 2015, and 2016, as well as a November 2016 exit grant that included funding for New Incentives to pivot to its new program incentivizing immunizations. Since then, New Incentives has begun operating a program providing conditional cash transfers for child immunizations in Nigeria. Over the next few months, New Incentives plans to explore potential for scale-up.

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

New Incentives — Exit Grant and Immunizations Pilot

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 $368,587 to New Incentives as part of GiveWell’s Incubation Grants to support the development of potential future top charities and improve the quality of GiveWell’s recommendations. Part of this funding ($205,024) is intended as an “exit grant” to support New Incentives in closing down its program giving conditional cash transfers to women who deliver at a health facility. The remaining $163,563 is intended to support New Incentives’ pilot program to instead make conditional cash transfers to incentivize routine immunizations.

New Incentives is a startup organization that aims to increase delivery of conditional cash transfers, an intervention we believe to be supported by strong evidence of effectiveness. We are continuing to support New Incentives in its expansion because we believe that New Incentives, if successful, could become a GiveWell-recommended charity.

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

New Incentives — General Support (2014)

Manali, a 14-year-old beneficiary of New Incentives’ conditional cash transfer program for education, in front of her home. (Photo courtesy of New Incentives)

Published: March 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 $100,000 to New Incentives in January 2014 for general operating support. New Incentives is a startup organization that aims to increase delivery of conditional cash transfers, an intervention we believe to be supported by strong evidence of effectiveness. We made this “seed” grant because we believe that New Incentives, if successful, could become a GiveWell-recommended charity. See GiveWell’s writeup of this grant for more details.

New Incentives — General Support (2015)

Manali, a 14-year-old beneficiary of New Incentives’ conditional cash transfer program for education, in front of her home. (Photo courtesy of New Incentives)
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 $100,000 to New Incentives in March 2015 for general operating support. Good Ventures previously granted New Incentives $100,000 in January 2014. New Incentives is a startup organization that aims to increase delivery of conditional cash transfers, an intervention we believe to be supported by strong evidence of effectiveness. We are continuing to support New Incentives in its early stages of expansion because we believe that New Incentives, if successful, could become a GiveWell-recommended charity.

New Incentives — General Support (2016)

Women waiting to register their pregnancy at a health clinic in Nigeria. (Photo courtesy of New Incentives)

Published: March 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 $300,000 to New Incentives in March 2016 for general operating support. Good Ventures previously made grants to New Incentives in January 2014 and March 2015. New Incentives is a startup organization that aims to increase delivery of conditional cash transfers, an intervention we believe to be supported by strong evidence of effectiveness. We are continuing to support New Incentives in its expansion because we believe that New Incentives, if successful, could become a GiveWell-recommended charity. See GiveWell’s writeup of this grant for more details.