Disaster risk reduction, emergency relief, reconstruction and protection
Disaster risk reduction, emergency relief, reconstruction are three fields of activity of the Humanitarian Aid of SDC. This corresponds to the work that needs to be done before, during and after a crisis, armed conflict or disaster.
Prevention refers to all of the measures taken to protect vulnerable people in the event of a disaster. The main goal of emergency relief is to save lives and alleviate the worst suffering caused by a crisis. Two-thirds of the Humanitarian Aid’s funds are earmarked for emergency relief measures. Reconstruction and rehabilitation efforts can begin after an emergency when the situation has stabilised. In situations of protracted conflict, activities in all three fields may be carried out at the same time.
On the other hand, protection of civilians is one of the four thematic priorities of the Humanitarian Aid of SDC beside disaster risk reduction, water/sanitation/hygiene, and gender-based sexual violence.
For over 13 years, devastating conflict has dominated Sudan,
forcing the population to flee the fighting and destroying their
livelihoods in the process. The SDC supports a UN reconstruction
programme in Sudan, which among other things aims to improve the
economic situation of smallholder farmers.
Agriculture and Food Security
Following the rehabilitation of 28 schools in northern Lebanon in
the first phases of the project, the SDC is expanding its engagement
to 24 other schools in the same region. The rehabilitation works are
being carried out in cooperation with the Lebanese authorities to
help them cope with the large influx of refugee children from Syria.
Formal basic education (primary and lower secondary)
Reconstruction and Rehabilitation
MULTISECTOR or CROSS-CUTTING
The Roma are the largest ethnic minority in Bulgaria. Many Roma
suffer from social exclusion, discrimination, poverty and
unemployment. Social, cultural and economic barriers hinder access
to education and healthcare for members of the Roma community. With
its contribution to the enlarged EU, Switzerland is supporting
projects to improve the living conditions of the Roma in Bulgaria.
The earthquake on 12 January 2010 caused unprecedented damage in
Haiti. In the southwest of the country, one of the worst affected
regions, the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) is
providing support to the Ministry of Education in rebuilding schools
in accordance with the appropriate architectural and anti-earthquake
norms. The programme is designed to provide the education community
with model school buildings that are compliant with norms and can be
used anywhere in Haiti.
Formal basic education (primary and lower secondary)
The African Risk Capacity is a specialised agency of the African
Union to help African countries improve their capacities to better
respond to extreme weather events such as droughts and floods,
therefore protecting the food security of their populations. It uses
modern finance mechanisms such as risk pooling to create pan-African
climate response systems. SDC co-finances the expansion of this
insurance scheme to new countries, including the development of
contingency plans that will allow insurance pay-outs to countries in
case of drought or floods related catastrophes.
This project, being a part of the broad HEKS-EHO program, defines
an innovative approach to tackle access to quality education and
improving of housing conditions of Roma. Through the dweller driven
housing model, the project is upgrading the substandard Roma
settlements, providing better living conditions for Roma. By
institutionalisation of Roma teacher‘s assistants in education, it
assists in enrollment and higher attainment of Roma pupils and
skills increase of Roma adults, contributing to a more sustainable
integration of Roma.
The two civil wars fought in Area 1 as well as prolonged
marginalization in the education system have deprived local
communities from access to education for decades. In response, Local
Partner 1 (LP1) has worked with Area 1 communities since 1995 and
supported the introduction of a new Kenyan curriculum. Improved
access and quality of education for all in Area 1 is both a basic
human right and a powerful tool to address the cycles of poverty and
conflict affecting the communities.
Through the usage of food aid in the form of Swiss dairy products,
Swiss Humanitarian Aid contributes to the prevention and treatment
of malnutrition, undernourishment, and disease. The SDC’s
Humanitarian Aid administers the credit granted by parliament for a
yearly amount of some CHF 20 million destined for the purchase of
Swiss dairy products and their use for the benefit of the needy. Its
task is to ensure a sustainable, targeted, and closely monitored
UNICEF through its 138 Country offices (CO) supports governments
(especially at local level) and partners to reduce risk and
strengthen resilience. To achieve this, UNICEF is currently
increasing its focus on fragility and supports disaster risk
reduction (DRR), climate change adaptation (CCA) and peacebuilding
(PB) while also promoting a multi-hazard approach to Risk Informed
Par son appui financier au projet du Consortium formé par
Solidarités International, Action Contre la Faim et le Danish
Refugee Council, la DDC contribue à l’amélioration de la sécurité
alimentaire et des conditions de vie de populations les plus
vulnérables du nord-ouest de la RCA et avant tous des femmes, et au
renforcement de leurs stratégies de résilience.
On 16 April, a 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck coastal areas in
north-west Ecuador. The most affected areas are the provinces of
Manabi,Esmeraldas, Santa Elena, Guayas, Santo Domingo and Los Ríos,
for which the Government has declared a “state of emergency”.
Through its Emergency Appeal, the IFRC aims at supporting the
Ecuadorian Red Cross (ERC) to assist 100’000 people affected by the
earthquake over a period of 12 months and will focus on health,
WASH, shelter, and livelihoods.
A small action is a one-off contribution to a humanitarian
endeavour with no following phase that has to be operationally
completed within a maximum period of 12 months. It is a flexible,
efficient and transparent tool for SDC HA to support small
humanitarian activities, including emergency response.