Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC)
The Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) is Switzerland’s international cooperation agency within the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA) and is responsible for the overall coordination of the Official Development Assistance (ODA) to Pakistan delivered by the Swiss Confederation.
Switzerland has been delivering development and humanitarian assistance through the SDC in Pakistan since 1966, investing a total amount of around 680 million Swiss Francs. In recent years, the SDC has concentrated its efforts on Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) province and the erstwhile Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) near the Afghan border, contributing to stability through equitable and sustainable management of natural resources and by promoting good governance and human rights.
The SDC has decided to accelerate the planned exit of its cooperation programme in Pakistan, following the Federal Council’s decision to cut the international cooperation budget as part of the stabilisation programme 2018-2020. The SDC will wind up its activities in Pakistan by the end of 2019. This decision does not affect SDC’s emergency relief assistance in the event of a humanitarian crisis.
The early closure of the programme in Pakistan is based on the consolidation strategy 2017-2019, designed to achieve systemic change. In particular, this strategy aims to institutionalise and capitalise on the best practices inspired by the SDC and build capacities among the partners in order to ensure sustainability of the programme’s achievements.