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News from the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation and its departments for cooperation with Eastern Europe and humanitarian aid
Conferences, panel discussions, cultural events and exhibitions — organised, sponsored or supported by the SDC
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Background information on current topics
Switzerland's specific actions in development cooperation, cooperation with Eastern Europe, humanitarian aid, multilateral cooperation, the global programmes, development policy, and research and culture
The database of all projects gives an insight into the SDC's concrete activities
Swiss spending on development and cooperation — by international comparison and with assessment by various criteria
Transparency is an essential aspect of Switzerland's international development cooperation activities and is a fundamental value of the SDC
The SDC is active in different countries and areas across four continents.
A list of priority countries and regions and focus areas (PDF, Page 1, 37.4 kB, English)
Development of production systems and rural services favours sustainable use of natural resources
Providing high quality education systems to guarantee universal access to basic knowledge and to relevant vocational education and training
Saving lives in the immediate aftermath of a crisis, meeting the victims' basic needs and starting a new future with rehabilitation
Reducing greenhouse gases and promoting adaptation to climate change
Preventing human trafficking and exploitation; helping refugees and displaced persons return home
Promoting the economy and jobs through private sector and financial sector development and vocational training
Ensuring availability of drinking water for human consumption, sanitation, food production
Strengthening the state in service of the people; promoting democratisation and fair economic and tax policies; enabling respect for human rights
Commitment to equal opportunities for men and women in all development processes for a balanced society
Strengthening of health systems, communicable and noncommunicable diseases, and sexual and reproductive health
Fragility, conflicts, violence and human rights violations are the major challenges in fighting poverty
For development to be possible, governments must act in a reliable and transparent manner
The Millennium Development Goals commit the international community to achieving concrete results
Reports on the effectiveness of Swiss actions
Determining the varied economic, socio-cultural and political impacts of the programmes and ascertaining positive and negative results
A film team working on behalf of the SDC visits people the SDC supported a number of years ago. What is the legacy of this support?
Coherent external relations in terms of economy, environment and society improve the effectiveness of international cooperation
Access to all SDC evaluations: the SDC's work is systematically and critically analysed in order to measure the effectiveness of its projects and strategies
Using and incorporating the knowledge of federal agencies, cantons and communes; engaging in political dialogue with governments with a view to achieving reforms or better economic and social conditions
Building partnerships with private businesses and launching effective, sustainable initiatives; a contribution to achieving the Millennium Development Goals
The potential to use and incorporate the knowledge and capital of multilateral organisations into development cooperation
Alongside the guidelines for the awarding of mandates and contributions, the FDFA provides information on planned and awarded mandates and criteria for contributions to NGO programmes
Cooperation with NGOs that have a track-record in performance, competence and knowledge, their own financial base and are well-established in society
An overview of information sources and work materials for specialists
Research and innovation as key factors for sustainable economic, social and environmental development and solving global problems
Continuing education opportunities for FDFA staff and staff of Swiss development cooperation organisations
New releases, specialist publications and brochures: search the archive to download or order
SDC documents and information for apprentices, pupils, students and teachers
Short films and images on the SDC's involvement in different sectors and regions of the world
Contact information and important links for media representatives
The SDC newsletter is a bimonthly publication with information on Swiss development cooperation and humanitarian aid programmes
Simple explanations of technical terms used in development cooperation
The Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation on itself and its history
The SDC offers a wide range of jobs at home and abroad
The Confederation's strategy for 2013–2016 in the area of international cooperation encompasses objectives, principles, tools and the substantive orientation of Swiss activities
Get in touch with the SDC at the head office in Switzerland or in our partner countries
The SDC's Board of Directors, organisational structure and Advisory Committee
2015: A milestone on the road to sustainable development
Bern, 18 January 2017 – Tourism can be a catalyst for positive
change. The UN-International Year of Sustainable Tourism for
Development was launched today in Madrid.
Geneva, 12 December 2016 – The SDC organised a series of site visits
on the margins of a meeting of UNAIDS’s governing board in Geneva.
International Human Rights Day, 10 December 2016 – The SDC supports
half a dozen national human rights institutions worldwide.
Bern, 11.01.2017 – The report gives an overview of Swiss foreign
policy and provides an account of Switzerland’s most important foreign
policy activities in 2016.
From: Saturday, 29.10.2016
Till: Sunday, 05.03.2017
From: Friday, 24.03.2017
From: Friday, 21.04.2017
A large number of SDC projects take place in mountain regions and
seek to improve the quality of life of people who live there.
Swiss Humanitarian Aid looks back over nearly three decades of
commitment as its operations in the South Caucasus draw to a close.
The SDC is present in China. It is currently undertaking six
programmes targeting climate change and pollution.
The DISPLACED exhibition in partnership with the SDC allows visitors
to glimpse what it is like to be forced to flee one’s homeland.
with Didier Burkhalter
The principles, tasks, objectives and focus of Switzerland’s
international cooperation are set out in the Federal Council’s
2017–2020 Dispatch to Parliament.
A global framework for sustainable development. The 17 sustainable
development goals follow on from the Millennium Development Goals.
Swiss International Cooperation 2015 – a milestone on the road
to sustainable development
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