SDC services and Switzerland’s development assistance: facts and figures

The Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) provides humanitarian aid and longer-term development cooperation in the South and East. Its aims is pursued both through direct cooperation with the individual countries and with international organizations like the United Nations.

SDC expenditure: Statistical tables

Switzerland’s development cooperation is coordinated by the SDC in conjunction with the State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO).The International Cooperation Annual Report takes stock of the activities of both federal agencies and provides an overview of Swiss development assistance statistics.

Annual Reports on Switzerland's International Cooperation SDC/SECO

Statistical booklet of the Annual Report 2016 on Switzerland's International Cooperation SDC/SECO

Switzerland’s official development assistance and private assistance

In addition to the SDC and SECO, other federal offices, cantons and municipalities support projects and programmes in developing countries. All these government players contribute to Switzerland’s Official Development Assistance (ODA), while many private Swiss organizations also participate in development cooperation:

SDC expenditure and budget: Statistical tables

Switzerland compared with other countries

Official Development Assistance

Official development assistance (ODA) is defined by the OECD as being the total financial flows that are

  • from the official sector (Confederation, cantons and municipalities);
  • promoting economic development and welfare of developing countries as their main objective;
  • concessional in character (grants and loans at concessional terms);
  • provided to countries and territories on the DAC List of ODA Recipients (2014-2016 List: 146) and to multilateral development institutions as defined by the OECD.

International Aid Transparency Initiative (IATI)

The SDC is a member of the International Aid Transparency Initiative (IATI), which brings together over 200 donors, partner countries and civil society organisations. Its members publish online a compilation of recent, comparable and rapidly accessible data and information by means of a central global registry. Since November 2013, the SDC regularly publishes its data in accordance with IATI standards (XML data files).

IATI registry

SDC data: