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.