The SDC's cooperation development with the South helps reduce poverty in 20 countries and regions across Africa, Asia, and Latin America. It supports the efforts of these countries to cope with the development issues they face. Its activities aim to facilitate better access for disadvantaged population groups to employment, an income, training, health services, and sustainable growth.
Around half of these 20 priority countries and regions are considered as fragile or are affected by conflict.: state institutions are weak or unstable, and the poor are subject to violence and arbitrary politics. Despite these difficult circumstances, the SDC is stepping up its involvement in these regions in an attempt to bring improvements to the situation of population groups affected.
In conjunction with its partners on the ground, the SDC runs more than 800 projects and programmes in the areas of health and training (particularly in Africa), job and income creation (in particular in Asia and in Latin America), rural development, state reform, and administrative reforms. The principles of gender mainstreaming and good governance are a common thread running through all its work.