The political upheavals of 2011 have set in motion a lengthy and uncertain transition process in North Africa. Switzerland supports Tunisia, Egypt, Libya and Morocco through targeted projects, which promote democracy and human rights, stimulate economic development, create jobs and deal with migration issues.

Out of solidarity and in its own best interests, Switzerland expanded its involvement in North Africa in 2011, providing support to its partner countries on the difficult road towards stability and democracy.

Free elections and new constitutions are positive signs; however, past experience has shown that periods of social upheaval can last decades. In North Africa, the political and economic situation remains uncertain for the time being.

The Swiss programme is being implemented, as an interdepartmental effort, by the Directorate of Political Affairs of the FDFA, the State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO), the State Secretariat for Migration (SEM) and the SDC.