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). The SDC is responsible for the overall coordination of development cooperation, as well as for the humanitarian assistance delivered by the Swiss Confederation.
Switzerland has been delivering development and humanitarian assistance through the SDC in Pakistan since 1966. More recently, the SDC has concentrated its efforts on two underprivileged areas in the North-West, namely Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) and the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA). As poverty, illiteracy, limited public services and natural disasters are still widespread in these areas, the SDC launched its Pakistan Hindukush Program there in 2012. The Programme comprises humanitarian assistance as well as development cooperation, and aims at improving people's lives by increasing their incomes, adapting productive systems, rebuilding and rehabilitating basic rural infrastructure after natural disasters and promoting good governance and conflict resolution at local levels. During its long presence in the country, Switzerland has kept up good relations with the Government of Pakistan (GoP) and works in close cooperation with the relevant ministries.
The SDC's long-term commitment in Pakistan aims at reducing poverty, fighting discrimination, supporting disadvantaged population groups and empowering people.
The two pillars of these activities under the current Strategy 2012-2014 (extended until 2016) are:
Improving the living conditions of the rural population by enhancing livelihoods and strengthening resilience among the population.
Empowering people by promoting governance and conflict resolution at local level and protecting the rights of vulnerable groups.