Dispatch on Switzerland's International Cooperation 2017–2020

Switzerland’s international cooperation efforts aim to reduce poverty and global risks, alleviate suffering, and promote peace and respect for human rights.
Switzerland’s international cooperation efforts aim to reduce poverty and global risks, alleviate suffering, and promote peace and respect for human rights. © SDC © Aung Htay Hlaing

The Dispatch outlines the Federal Council's strategic priorities in Switzerland's international cooperation for 2017–2020.

Switzerland's international cooperation efforts aim to reduce poverty and global risks, alleviate suffering, and promote peace and respect for human rights. Through such activities, Switzerland works to encourage global sustainable development in a way that respects the environment through the sustainable management of natural resources.

Switzerland's international cooperation in 2017–2020 draws on framework credits for each of the five policy instruments:

Humanitarian aid

  1. Technical cooperation and financial aid for developing countries
  2. Economic and trade policy measures for development cooperation 
  3. Transition aid and cooperation with Eastern Europe

Measures for the promotion of peace and human security

Besides the FDFA, the State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO) of the Federal Department of Economic Affairs, Education and Research (EAER) is also involved in international development cooperation.

Focal areas and priorities

Committed to ensuring a world without poverty and in peace, for sustainable development.

Strategic objectives

Switzerland's international cooperation is guided by seven strategic objectives.

Humanitarian aid and the Swiss Humanitarian Aid Unit

Priorities are providing help on the ground and working to ensure international humanitarian law is respected. Protecting civilian populations is crucial.

Technical cooperation and financial aid

Bilateral cooperation with priority countries and regions, working with multilateral organisations to respond to challenges and membership of multilateral organisations.

Economic and trade policy measures

Promoting sustainable growth that benefits people at all levels of society, in keeping with the terms of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

Transition cooperation in Eastern Europe

Showing solidarity with the poor and excluded, creating jobs and providing alternatives to migration.

Promoting peace and human security

Switzerland's peace policy, humanitarian policy, human rights policy and foreign policy on migration for the benefit of international cooperation.

Five framework credits

The volume of commitments proposed by the Federal Council for the five framework credits over four years amounts to CHF 11,06 billion.