Development cooperation and humanitarian aid from the UN

Poverty, AIDS, environmental degradation and water scarcity are just a few of the challenges that individual countries can no longer meet on their own. The United Nations (UN) play a central role in development cooperation and humanitarian aid worldwide. Switzerland also participates in the commitment of the international community.

In recent years Switzerland has channelled around 40% of its public development aid through international organizations. It is one of the most important providers of funds for the UN’s most significant development programmes.

Switzerland makes financial contributions and participates actively in the executive organs of these organizations. Most Swiss public funds for development are reserved for bilateral projects, which however are coordinated with UN programmes.

Swiss developpment and cooperation and the UN agencies

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Swiss Guidelines on human rights defenders

Switzerland supports the work of human rights defenders and aims to improve their protection on the ground from arbitrary treatment, threats and violence. The FDFA's guidelines on the protection of human rights defenders serve as a framework for the Swiss representations abroad.



30 years of Swiss participation in election observations: Review and outlook

This anniversary publication places Switzerland's election observation operations in their historical context, explains the comprehensive approach behind election observation and electoral assistance from different perspectives, and sets out some of the new challenges we face in the digital age. The analysis and statistics are complemented by field reports from 30 years of election observation.



Swiss Peace Supporter 3/2019

This issue assesses the progress achieved and new challenges faced in implementing the anti-personnel mine ban convention. The 4th Review Conference, to be held in Oslo in November 2019, will provide an opportunity to renew the treaty's commitment to a mine-free world in response to some recent, worrying statistics. In addition, we look back on the 30th anniversary of Switzerland's participation in international election observation missions.



Swiss Peace Supporter 2/2019

On 23 June 1999, the Federal Council made the decision to participate in the UN military peacekeeping mission in Kosovo. Since then, 620 women and 7,880 men have been involved in peacekeeping operations with the ‘Swiss Company’, abbreviated to SWISSCOY. This latest edition of ‘Swiss Peace Supporter’ tracks the progress of the peacekeeping mission. It also includes eye-witness reports of election monitoring in Ukraine and Nigeria.




The UN is reviewing how it operates to achieve the sustainable development goals



Switzerland's contribution to the enlarged EU: 2018 Annual Report

Information on the results achieved in the last three remaining country programmes that are still under way, e.g. mine clearance in Croatia, the promotion of SMEs in Romania and decommissioned trams from Basel improving Bulgaria's public transport system. The report also briefly explains the background to the second Swiss contribution to selected EU member countries.




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The Swiss contribution in brief

Information on Switzerland’s contribution to the enlarged EU: a brief presentation including project examples.










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Swiss Peace Supporter 3/2017

The 2011 protest movements and uprisings triggered lengthy processes with uncertain outcomes in the countries of North Africa. What is left today of what was dubbed the 'Arab Spring'? What foreign policy should Switzerland pursue in this region? This SPS provides an overview of the transition in North Africa and explains how Switzerland promotes peaceful change in the region.



FDFA Action Plan for the Universal Abolition of the Death Penalty 2017-2019

The action plan demonstrates how Switzerland and its partners team up to play a leading role in efforts to abolish capital punishment worldwide. Switzerland categorically opposes the death penalty under all circumstances.






FDFA Strategy on Gender equality and Women’s rights

The strategy sets out the principles of action and the key objectives of Swiss foreign policy regarding gender equality and women's rights. It outlines the basic principles of the commitment to make a genuine, tangible contribution to an inclusive and equitable society, creating greater prosperity for the benefit of all.



Flyer: Agenda 2030 - Switzerland and the Sustainable Development Goals

The flyer provides information on the content of the 2030 Agenda – with its 17 Sustainable Development Goals – adopted by the UN member states in 2015. It also provides an overview of the implementation of the 2030 Agenda by Switzerland, cooperation with non-governmental and sub-national stakeholders and reporting to the UN.




Executive summary of the report on Effectiveness 2017: Swiss International Cooperation in the Field of Employment



Report on Effectiveness 2017: Swiss International Cooperation in the Field of Employment

The Report on Effectiveness 2017 presents the achieved results of the international cooperation of SDC and SECO in the field of employment between 2005-2014. Independent experts have assessed the effectiveness of more 72 projects and programs. The report also shows which factors have influenced the effectiveness. The SDC and SECO regularly produce reports on effectiveness in order to analyze the achieved results of their interventions in certain thematic fields.




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Facts & Figures Trade (de)

Small producers in developing countries face immense challenges. Yet the fact is that they too can benefit from the global division of labour if they are given, for instance in the domain of high-quality goods (including bio and fair-trade products), the possibility of producing a greater added value.


Publisher SDC

Facts & Figures Production (fr)

The global food production system must take into account the growth of the population in the South. Climate change represents yet an additional danger. Can the increase in agricultural production that is called for be reached with sustainable forms of production? How can the situation of small farmers be improved?


Publisher SDC

Facts & Figures Consumption (de)

The consumer in Switzerland and, increasingly, also the urban population in the South, exert an influence on the direction taken by the global food production and trade systems. How can the consumer actively contribute to a more environmentally friendly and socially responsible world?


Publisher SDC

Film Tanzania – Rural Livelihood Development Programme

In its economic development, Tanzania embarked over the past two decades on a process to move away from a controlled towards a market-oriented economy through gradual adjustments. The Rural Livelihood Development Programme (RLDP) emerges from these facts and emphasises on strengthened participation of these households in market-oriented activities and on cooperation ventures involving the private sector.


Publisher SDC

Project Film Bolivia – Programma de Innovación Continua (fr)

The “Programa de Innovación Continua” (PIC) is a program that fosters innovation in the production, processing, and marketing of agricultural products. The PIC aims at joining theory, i.e., research, with the practical application of new insights, while working directly with the farmer families in their local communities.


Publisher SDC

Film Tanzania – The KILICAFE-Project

TechnoServe”, a US-based non-profit organization, started a programme with the aim of making Tanzanian coffee globally competitive in order to benefit small scale farmers and their families. The objective of the project was to double the income of each farmer by raising the quality of the coffee and the productivity of the coffee-producers.


Publisher SDC

Pakistan: Emergency Relief and Reconstruction following the worst Floods for a Century (de)

Some 20 million people have been left suffering in the wake of the floods of the century that hit Pakistan in 2010. Switzerland delivered emergency assistance and is presently supporting the disaster-hit region in the rehabilitation of infrastructure. Over 2000 water wells and 16'000 groundwater pumps have been cleaned and disinfected. In addition, the SDC is active in the rebuilding of schools and bridges that were destroyed. This video traces the SDC’s path from emergency relief to reconstruction, while at the same time delving into current problems and challenges.


Publisher SDC

Film portrait Albania: Tatjana Piro

The scars left by the fall of the Berlin Wall are still visible in several countries in the Western Balkans. Film of the Annual Conference on Cooperation with Eastern Europe 2009.



Publisher SDC

Climate change: Africa (de)

While the poorer countries of the South have done little to contribute to global warming, they are among those hardest hit by its consequences. Film of the Annual Development Cooperation Conference 2009.


Publisher SDC

Climate change: Latin America (fr)

While the poorer countries of the South have done little to contribute to global warming, they are among those hardest hit by its consequences. Film of the Annual Development Cooperation Conference 2009.

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