International agreements to spend percentage of GDP on global public goods | Hauke Hillebrandt

Hauke reviews international agreements to spend a percentage of GDP on public goods such as aid (0.7%), defence (NATO’s 2% target), R&D, global governance, etc. He shows how these agreements interact with priorities in effective altruism because they are large in scale, solve (global) public good dilemmas, and relate to differential technological development. Finally, he argues that we should advocate for a new international agreement to spend 1% of GDP on global risk reduction.

Hauke Hillebrandt is a research associate at the Center for Global Development. His focus is on global cooperation and the Commitment to Development Index, which ranks countries by their policies in aid effectiveness, trade, finance, migration, environment, security, and technology transfer. He also works on global catastrophic risks.

Previously, he was Director of Research for the Giving What We Can project and Philanthropic Advisor at the Centre for Effective Altruism in Oxford. There he has advised foundations, a large group of small donors and several ultra high net worth individuals on how to donate more effectively. He also led a team to prepare reports with policy recommendations to Gordon Brown, UN Special Envoy for Global Education.

Hauke holds a PhD in Cognitive Neuroscience from University College London, was fellow at Harvard University and has published peer reviewed papers and commentaries that have been cited more than 100 times.

This talk was taken from EA Global Asia and Pacific 2020. Click here to watch the talk with the PowerPoint presentation.

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