Multilateral cooperation is an important element of Swiss development cooperation. Thanks to their long years of experience and considerable resources, multilateral organisations – such as international financial institutions, UN agencies and development banks – make an important contribution to solving problems affecting developing countries worldwide. Some 37% of all Swiss development cooperation funds are disbursed to such organisations in the form of general financial assistance (known as core contributions). Bilateral cooperation accounts for 63%. One fifth of these bilateral funds are used for projects that are directly implemented by multilateral organisations on the ground.
Development goals of the international community
As a follow-up to the Millennium Development Goals, the international community in 2015 is determining new, universal sustainable development goals.
UN agencies, the OECD and the World Bank are just a few of the international organisations with which Switzerland cooperates in the framework of its multilateral activities. What are the burning issues at the moment? What positions is Switzerland defending? What is the specific impact on the ground of the work done in these institutions? These are some of the questions that the Multilateral Accent proposes to answer in the four issues that it publishes annually.
SDC dedicated website on multilateral cooperation
Specialist information (news, documents, instruments, methods) on knowledge exchange and cooperation with partners and experts