Combating corruption through development cooperation

Corruption hinders development and can cause conflict. Switzerland is strongly committed to combating corruption. The Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and the State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO) support a range of programmes in partner countries as well as global initiatives that contribute to combating corruption. They have also taken measures to reduce the risk of corruption within their programmes.

Mutual support between the states parties and the provision of technical assistance in the fight against corruption, in particular for the benefit of developing countries, are set out in Article 60 of the United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC).

Acting on the recommendation of the Interdepartmental Working Group on Combating Corruption, the SDC and SECO have each compiled a list of projects and programmes that directly or indirectly contribute to the fight against corruption.

Projects and programmes (as at 1 January 2019)

These lists include around 60 projects and programmes in 20 countries where Swiss development cooperation contributes directly or indirectly to the fight against corruption. The overall objective is to improve governance at central, regional and local levels and to strengthen public institutions (including the judiciary and prosecution authorities) and civil society.