Humanitarian Aid and SHA

Management: Manuel Bessler
Deputy: Andreas Huber / Jean-Luc Bernasconi

The mandate of Swiss Humanitarian Aid is to save lives and alleviate suffering. It is active in protecting the interests of vulnerable population groups before, during, and after periods of conflict, crises, or natural disasters. Swiss Humanitarian Aid is active in the following sectors: reconstruction and rehabilitation of disaster-stricken areas, disaster-risk reduction, protection of vulnerable population groups, and emergency aid.

To implement its mandate, Swiss Humanitarian Aid has the following instruments at its disposal: direct actions, contributions, and the secondment of experts from the Swiss Humanitarian Aid Unit (SHA) to its UN partners and to the ICRC.

At the multilateral level, Swiss Humanitarian Aid works to ensure an effective international system for responding to crises. To this end, it builds on its experience to influence international humanitarian policies. To enable its programmes to have a long-term impact, Swiss Humanitarian Aid builds bridges with the area of development cooperation.

The organizational units: