Development and humanitarian aid – a spirit of active cooperation

Doctor examines a sick child
Doctor examines a sick child © FDFA, Presence Switzerland

Switzerland and the EU are committed to fighting poverty in the world and promoting stability and prosperity in fragile contexts. They cooperate, at political, technical and operational levels, to enhance the impact of their respective development and humanitarian policies.

The cooperation between Switzerland and the EU

Since 2012, the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), the Directorate-General for International Cooperation and Development (DEVCO) and the Directorate General for Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid and Operations (ECHO) have held regular political and technical dialogues. The discussions embrace fundamental issues, such as the link between migration, safety and development, as well as the promotion of democracy and governance. At the same time, they also cover transversal issues such as gender and the implementation of the 2030 Agenda with its sustainable development goals.

At operational level, Switzerland and the EU cooperate in the field of joint programing, for example in Cambodia. In 2018, Switzerland organized a high level panel on the occasion of DEVCO’s European Development Days. In 2017, Switzerland and the Commission signed an administrative agreement in the field of humanitarian aid and the protection of civil society aiming at collaborating in Switzerland as well as abroad. Switzerland has, for example, recently coordinated with the Emergency Response Coordination Centre (ERCC) in order to better react to the challenges after the passage of the Idai cyclone in Mozambique. Switzerland also contributes to the EU’s trust fund for Africa to address the root causes of migration and to better protect migrants on the African continent 

The Official Development Assistance in numbers

Further information can be found on the website Statistics – facts and figures of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC).