Good Governance

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The objective of governance is to create an environment that strengthens rule of law and human rights, gender equality, appropriate distribution of power and macro-economic stability. Governance helps to improve social and economic framework conditions in the service of sustainable development, the fight against poverty and human security.

SDC focus

Given the crucial importance of governance, the SDC has made it a cross-cutting theme in all its activities. Governance also reinforces the supporting measures provided by cooperation in its various areas of involvement, both in development and in humanitarian aid.

The SDC is committed to promoting participation, transparency and accountability, equal treatment and non-discrimination, as well as to ensuring the effectiveness of its own activities and those of its partners. These principles must be applied in sectors such as health, education and the management of natural resources, to name but a few.

With its work, the SDC therefore seeks to break the vicious circle of discrimination, exclusion, poverty and helplessness, aiming to enable the most vulnerable and the destitute to participate as citizens and give them equal rights at international level so they too can benefit from the potential offered by globalization.

SDC spheres of activity

Governance-related topics come under the theme of “State and Economic Reforms”, addressing the following priorities:

Backround

Governance is a strategic objective of SDC development cooperation. The concept is, however, complex, covering the various resources, institutions and mechanisms used by social groups and individuals to express their interests, interact and exercise their rights and obligations, as recognized by the State.

Governance triggers a wave of positive knock-on effects

In attaining its objectives, development cannot choose to overlook governance. It is not enough to involve beneficiary populations. Institutions – especially State institutions – have to be strengthened at all levels. Governance applied to the public service sector improves its functioning, triggering positive social, political and economic knock-on effects for the population at large. However, it also concerns all other stakeholders in society, such as industry and commerce, civil society and the international organizations.

SDC dedicated website on decentralization

Specialist information (news, documents, instruments, methods) on knowledge exchange and cooperation with partners and experts

http://www.sdc-decentralization.net/

Documents

Current projects

Object 1 – 12 of 1190

Improved Healthcare in Hospitals in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh

Women, children and men  in a Surgical ward

15.05.2018 - 31.12.2018

Since August 2017, over 700,000 Rohingyas have fled to Bangladesh to escape violence in Myanmar's Rakhine state. Together with refugees who fled during previous crises, some 900,000 refugees from Myanmar are currently living in Cox's Bazar district in southern Bangladesh. The region's three hospitals have been unable to cope with the enormous increase in the number of refugees.  Swiss Humanitarian Aid is helping to upgrade the hospitals' infrastructure and providing training in laboratory analysis and logistics.

Period Budget

15.05.2018 - 31.12.2018


CHF 200'000



Capacity building for Serbian municipalities

Around 50 parliamentarians in session at the Serbian parliament.

01.01.2018 - 31.12.2021

Switzerland is supporting the Serbian government’s public administration reform, which aims to make it more effective and accessible to both citizens and the private sector. SwissPRO project is being run in 99 municipalities (two-thirds of Serbia) to improve good governance, social inclusion and gender equality.

Period Budget

01.01.2018 - 31.12.2021


CHF 7'000'000



Decentralization and Municipal Support in Kosovo (DEMOS)

Two young people rollerblading on a cycle path..

01.01.2018 - 31.12.2021

Since the declaration of independence in 2008, Kosovo has been engaged in the reform and decentralisation of its public authorities with the aim of strengthening autonomy and local democracy in its 38 municipalities. The SDC's “Decentralisation and Municipal Support” project (DEMOS) aims to help municipalities develop basic public services, thereby supporting Kosovo in its transition to a democratic and decentralised state.

Period Budget

01.01.2018 - 31.12.2021


CHF 12'800'000



Mozambique: Less illness thanks to better water supplies and sanitation

A villager in Niassa Province in northern Mozambique works a new handpump. She is surrounded by a group of people.

01.01.2018 - 31.12.2021

Many cases of illness in the poor region of northern Mozambique are caused by the poor condition of water supplies and sanitation.  The SDC is assisting the efforts of the local people and responsible authorities to improve the situation. Aim of the project: Better living conditions for half a million people – and less poverty.

Period Budget

01.01.2018 - 31.12.2021


CHF 7'445'000



Bosnia and Herzegovina: Improving nursing care for better health services

A nurse sitting in a treatment room.

01.12.2017 - 30.11.2021

In Bosnia and Herzegovina nurses make up the largest group of healthcare professionals. However, the potential offered by their proximity to local communities is underexploited. They are often responsible for administrative tasks rather than patient care and, with limited career prospects, many nurses are attracted by better working conditions in Western Europe. This is regrettable because nurses and the care they provide can be a gateway to better health services for people living in rural areas and marginalised communities.

Period Budget

01.12.2017 - 30.11.2021


CHF 5'125'000



Revitalising labour market in Moldova

Two young women checking cables.

01.12.2017 - 31.12.2021

With Moldova facing high unemployment and a slowdown in growth, the SDC is funding a project designed to offer young job seekers alternatives to emigration and to improve the country's economic situation. Switzerland is supporting reforms aimed at training a qualified workforce and improving the investment climate. This will not only promote demand-driven training but also help create new jobs in the private sector.

Period Budget

01.12.2017 - 31.12.2021


CHF 5'350'000




Water and Sanitation for Syrian Refugees and Their Lebanese Hosts

a 1000 litre water tank

15.07.2017 - 15.06.2020

The crisis in Syria has a significant impact in Lebanon. The country is home to over one million Syrian refugees. Basic needs are unmet due to this unprecedented population growth and lack of public facilities. The SDC supports a project of the Lebanese Red Cross on water and sanitation for Syrian refugees and host communities in the Akkar Governorate bordering Syria.

Period Budget

15.07.2017 - 15.06.2020


CHF 1'100'000



Maximum cooperation needed to manage glacier melt in Central Asia

Two men working with specialist equipment on a glacier.

01.05.2017 - 31.12.2020

How to meet the needs of Central Asia’s 68 million inhabitants for water while respecting the glaciers overlooking Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan? The SDC’s project is building on voluntary regional cooperation and rigorous scientific monitoring of the changes taking place in the glaciers.

Period Budget

01.05.2017 - 31.12.2020


CHF 1'200'000



Higher Income in the South Caucasus Thanks to Competitive Agricultural Products

A man in a protective suit holding a honeycomb full of bees on the roof of a high-rise building.

01.04.2017 - 31.03.2021

Livestock farming is an important source of income for a large part of the rural population in Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan. But many farmers live from subsistence farming and produce just enough food for their own needs. The aims of the project are to strengthen smallholder farms and to provide them with access to markets. This way, farmers can sell their honey, meat, cheese and wool products, and sustainably increase their incomes.

Period Budget

01.04.2017 - 31.03.2021


CHF 5'100'000



Access to drinking water: a challenge in Tajikistan

Three children around a fountain.

01.03.2017 - 28.02.2021

In Tajikistan, the poorest country in Central Asia, half of the 8.5 million inhabitants do not have access to drinking water. In mountainous and rural regions, the figure reaches 80%. This situation poses a serious risk to public health. The SDC's project on 'Safe drinking water and sanitation management in Tajikistan' (SWSMT) focuses on access to drinking water and sanitation in the east of the country.

Period Budget

01.03.2017 - 28.02.2021


CHF 5'300'000



An attractive labour market for young Kosovars

A young man working on an electrical system.

01.01.2017 - 31.12.2020

The project « Enhancing Youth Employability » is aimed at improving job opportunities for young people in Kosovo, a population segment particularly impacted by unemployment. By connecting employers and job seekers, and by training young people in the skills in demand on the labour market, the project is helping to reduce unemployment and drive economic growth.

Period Budget

01.01.2017 - 31.12.2020


CHF 7'570'000


Object 1 – 12 of 1190