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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, 38.6 kB, English)
Development of production systems and rural services favours sustainable use of natural resources
Preventing human trafficking and exploitation; helping refugees and displaced persons return home
Saving lives in the immediate aftermath of a crisis, meeting the victims' basic needs and starting a new future with rehabilitation
Providing high quality education systems to guarantee universal access to basic knowledge and to relevant vocational education and training
Strengthening of health systems, communicable and noncommunicable diseases, and sexual and reproductive health
For development to be possible, governments must act in a reliable and transparent manner
Strengthening the state in service of the people; promoting democratisation and fair economic and tax policies; enabling respect for human rights
Reducing greenhouse gases and promoting adaptation to climate change
Promoting the economy and jobs through private sector and financial sector development and vocational training
Commitment to equal opportunities for men and women in all development processes for a balanced society
Ensuring availability of drinking water for human consumption, sanitation, food production
Fragility, conflicts, violence and human rights violations are the major challenges in fighting poverty
Reports on the activities, results and effectiveness of Swiss international cooperation.
Determining and improving on an ongoing basis the various economic, social, cultural and policy effects of the programmes.
Coherent foreign relations from an economic, ecological and social perspective raise the effectiveness of international cooperation.
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
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The SDC newsletter is a bimonthly publication with information on Swiss development cooperation and humanitarian aid programmes
SDC specialists come to you – an offer proposed to schools, associations and other institutions
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 Dispatch on Switzerland’s International Cooperation 2017–2020 sets out the rationale, objectives, principles and instruments for Switzerland’s commitment
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
Frequently asked questions about Swiss development cooperation. Information about funding, implementation of goals, and the organisation and effectiveness of the SDC's activities.
Bern, 18.01.2019 – SDC and SECO are looking for innovative projects run by young Swiss people that can help advance sustainable development and fight poverty in developing countries.
Harare, 09.01.2019 – Ignazio Cassis paid a visit to Zimbabwe. He visited a clinic run by the Ruedi Lüthy Foundation, which receives support from the SDC.
Bern, 21.12.2018 – India introduces new building codes in energy efficiency, which were developed together with Switzerland.
Zurich, 20.12.2018 – Thanks to the work of the SDC, a monumental Buddha statue from Pakistan is making its first-ever appearance abroad at the Rietberg Museum in Zurich.
From: Friday, 05.01.2018
Till: Sunday, 10.03.2019
From: Friday, 29.03.2019
Pastoralists in southern Ethiopia suffer from the effects of drought, fodder scarcity and conflicts. The SDC is working to improve their food security and resilience to crisis situations.
Project: Water and pasture management in Ethiopia
A powerful statement against climate change: 100,000 postcards with messages from young people worldwide come together on world’s biggest postcard.
World’s biggest postcard against climate change
Children under five and women living in remote regions benefit from better access to medical treatment thanks to Switzerland's efforts in the realm of family medicine.
Family medicine in Tajikistan
There are more refugees now than at any time since the Second World War. Switzerland is committed at several levels to protecting refugees, internally displaced persons and migrants.
Dossier: Commitment to refugee and migration issues
A large number of SDC projects take place in mountain regions and seek to improve the quality of life of people who live there.
The principles, tasks, objectives and focus of Switzerland’s international cooperation are set out in the Federal Council’s 2017–2020 Dispatch to Parliament.
Dossier «Dispatch 2017–2020»
A global framework for sustainable development. The 17 sustainable development goals follow on from the Millennium Development Goals.
In 2017, Switzerland achieved significant results in the implementation of the Dispatch on Switzerland's International Cooperation 2017–2020.
Annual Report SDC 2017
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