Some people have been asking for further details on the Swiss effective foreign aid ballot initiative (“1% initiative” in Zurich) by the Effective Altruism Foundation (EAF). The vote on a counterproposal that preserves the key points of the original initiative will take place on November 17th and I’ll publish an EA forum post afterwards. Feel free to get in touch via PM if you’d like to get access to an early draft.
There’s no need for any additional financial resources for that particular initiative, but I encourage people looking to support potential similar future initiatives (or other efforts to improve Swiss foreign aid policy) with ≥$10k to get in touch with me (firstname dot lastname at ea-foundation.org).
Update: The counterproposal to the initiative has passed!
Our social media update:
70% of Zurich voters in favor of more effective foreign aid: The counterproposal to the Stiftung für Effektiven Altruismus’s ballot initiative has passed with a very strong majority! The city of Zurich’s development cooperation budget has thus just been increased from $3 million to $8 million per year. It is to be allocated “based on the available scientific research on effectiveness and cost-effectiveness”.
We supported the counterproposal because it contains the key points of our original initiative and had a high chance of success. This seems to be the first time that Swiss legislation on development cooperation mentions effectiveness requirements.
I expect to post a more thorough EA forum update in a couple of weeks.
New EA Forum post is out: EAF’s ballot initiative doubled Zurich’s development aid.