Swiss Cooperation Office in Ukraine

Since the year 2000, the two Swiss Federal Departments, SDC and SECO, have maintained a joint Cooperation Office in Kyiv. This Swiss Cooperation Office is a part of the Embassy of Switzerland. It plays a key role in the management of the Swiss Cooperation Programme in Ukraine as it is responsible for the planning and implementation of the programme, and provides a platform for our partners in Switzerland and Ukraine.

The Cooperation Office employs two Swiss experts (Director and Deputy Director) and ten local programme and administrative staff.

Objectives and their Implementation

The Swiss Cooperation Office coordinates the programme activities within the SDC and SECO cooperation programme in Ukraine with the relevant Ukrainian state authorities and other organisations, as well as with Swiss implementing partners and other donors. The mission and the main tasks of the Cooperation Office are:

  • Steering, monitoring and reporting about the programme's and the projects’ progress;
  • Observing the programme environment, and the development of programme domains and crosscutting initiatives;
  • Promoting the programme development according to the Swiss Cooperation Strategy Ukraine 2011 - 2014 ();
  • Leading a policy dialogue with the main partner organisations of the Government of Ukraine;
  • Actively participating in donor coordination and donor harmonisation (;;
  • Sustaining representation activities and public relations;
  • Supporting and serving projects implemented under the aegis of SDC and SECO;
  • Supporting national and international experts and visiting delegations.

In the early 1990s Switzerland recognized the newly independent state of Ukraine and since then it has been supporting Ukraine through a number of bilateral and multilateral cooperation projects. In 1997 Switzerland and Ukraine signed a bilateral agreement for technical cooperation, in the framework of which the Swiss Cooperation Office was opened in Kyiv to coordinate assistance programs in Ukraine. The Swiss Cooperation Office operates on behalf of two governmental organizations - the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), which is a part of the Swiss Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and the State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO), which is a part of the Swiss Federal Department for Economic Affairs.

The aim of the Swiss Cooperation Office is to support transition processes in Ukraine by:

  • encouraging the democratic reform of its public institutions
  • ensuring strong and sustainable development of the economy
  • promoting principles of an equitable and participatory society
  • deepening integration with Europe




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