The SDC's 500 development programmes and projects focus on 10 thematic areas. The SDC adapts its priorities according to the needs of the 21 South cooperation partner countries and regions. With a view to ensuring sustainable development, the principles of gender mainstreaming and good governance are a common thread running through all its work.
Priorities for development cooperation with the South
Priority countries and regions
The SDC's south cooperation concentrates its activities in 21 of the poorest and structurally weakest countries and regions of Africa, the Middle East, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean. While stepping up its involvement in countries and regions considered as fragile, it is continuing its efforts in its other more stable partner countries.
The 10 priority themes for Switzerland’s development cooperation are:
- Basic education and vocational skills development
- Private sector development and financial services
- State reform, local administrative reform and civic participation
- Management of fragility
- Gender equality
- Agriculture and food security
- Climate change
The last five of these themes are considered as 'global programmes'. Gender equality and governance are managed both as cross-cutting and stand-alone themes.