GBS Switzerland

The Effectiveness of Swiss Foreign Aid

Petersplatz 1, 4051 Basel
Room 117
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GBS Executive Director Jonas Vollmer will be talking about the effectiveness of Swiss foreign aid, drawing on a forthcoming GBS policy paper on effective development aid:

Over the past decade, empirical research in development economics has presented us with amazing results: Some approaches for reducing poverty are hundreds of times more cost-effective than others, while some are even harmful. This new body of evidence enables us to rethink development cooperation and to question popular beliefs.

But to what extent are national agencies aware of this development – in particular the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC; Direktion für Entwicklung und Zusammenarbeit, DEZA)? To what extent do their strategy and budget reflect new research?