The SDC relies on the knowledge, experience, capacities and networks of non-state service providers and key players to carry out its mandates. In Switzerland, the SDC maintains partnerships with NGOs that have a successful, long-term track record, proven skills, substantial knowledge, their own financial basis, and are firmly anchored in Swiss society. These partnerships contribute to the qualitative development of Switzerland's international cooperation, use complementarities to achieve strategic goals, and increase public awareness on humanitarian and development policy issues.
The SDC relies on the skills, capacities, experiences and networks of NGOs at technical, operational and development policy levels. It works together with local, international and Swiss NGOs according to the particular context. The competences and track record of an NGO form the basis for partnerships and cooperation, which also encourages civil society to play an active role and promotes the democratic participation of local people in development processes.
The Government Bill on Switzerland's International Cooperation defines the strategic framework for strengthening cooperation with Swiss NGOs by emphasising the contribution made by civil society organisations to poverty reduction and social justice, as well as to strengthening democratic processes and conserving global public goods.