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News from the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation and its departments for cooperation with Eastern Europe and humanitarian aid
Conferences, panel discussions, cultural events and exhibitions — organised, sponsored or supported by the SDC
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Switzerland's specific actions in development cooperation, cooperation with Eastern Europe, humanitarian aid, multilateral cooperation, the global programmes, development policy, and research and culture
The database of all projects gives an insight into the SDC's concrete activities
Swiss spending on development and cooperation — by international comparison and with assessment by various criteria
Transparency is an essential aspect of Switzerland's international development cooperation activities and is a fundamental value of the SDC
The SDC is active in different countries and areas across four continents.
A list of priority countries and regions and focus areas (PDF, Page 1, 116.7 kB, English)
Development of production systems and rural services favours sustainable use of natural resources
Providing high quality education systems to guarantee universal access to basic knowledge and to relevant vocational education and training
Saving lives in the immediate aftermath of a crisis, meeting the victims' basic needs and starting a new future with rehabilitation
Reducing greenhouse gases and promoting adaptation to climate change
Preventing human trafficking and exploitation; helping refugees and displaced persons return home
Promoting the economy and jobs through private sector and financial sector development and vocational training
Ensuring availability of drinking water for human consumption, sanitation, food production
Strengthening the state in service of the people; promoting democratisation and fair economic and tax policies; enabling respect for human rights
Commitment to equal opportunities for men and women in all development processes for a balanced society
Strengthening of health systems, communicable and noncommunicable diseases, and sexual and reproductive health
Fragility, conflicts, violence and human rights violations are the major challenges in fighting poverty
For development to be possible, governments must act in a reliable and transparent manner; protecting those in need is a key principle of humanitarian aid
The Millennium Development Goals commit the international community to achieving concrete results
Reports on the effectiveness of Swiss actions
Determining the varied economic, socio-cultural and political impacts of the programmes and ascertaining positive and negative results
Coherent external relations in terms of economy, environment and society improve the effectiveness of international cooperation
Access to all SDC evaluations: the SDC's work is systematically and critically analysed in order to measure the effectiveness of its projects and strategies
Using and incorporating the knowledge of federal agencies, cantons and communes; engaging in political dialogue with governments with a view to achieving reforms or better economic and social conditions
Building partnerships with private businesses and launching effective, sustainable initiatives; a contribution to achieving the Millennium Development Goals
The potential to use and incorporate the knowledge and capital of multilateral organisations into development cooperation
Alongside the guidelines for the awarding of mandates and contributions, the FDFA provides information on planned and awarded mandates and criteria for contributions to NGO programmes
Cooperation with NGOs that have a track-record in performance, competence and knowledge, their own financial base and are well-established in society
An overview of information sources and work materials for specialists
Research and innovation as key factors for sustainable economic, social and environmental development and solving global problems
Continuing education opportunities for FDFA staff and staff of Swiss development cooperation organisations
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Short films and images on the SDC's involvement in different sectors and regions of the world
Contact information and important links for media representatives
The SDC newsletter is a bimonthly publication with information on Swiss development cooperation and humanitarian aid programmes
SDC specialists come to you – an offer proposed to schools, associations and other institutions
The Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation on itself and its history
The SDC offers a wide range of jobs at home and abroad
The Confederation's strategy for 2013–2016 in the area of international cooperation encompasses objectives, principles, tools and the substantive orientation of Swiss activitie
The SDC's Board of Directors, organisational structure and Advisory Committee
Get in touch with the SDC at the head office in Switzerland or in our partner countries
Bern, 27.03.2015 – At the Annual Conference of Swiss Humanitarian Aid, Federal Councillor Burkhalter underscores the importance of disaster risk reduction. Dossier
Paul Murphy, a marketing specialist invited by the SDC to take part in a public discussion in Bern, explains how local farmers are involved in the production of therapeutic food in Malawi.
Sendai, 14 March 2015 – Federal Councillor Didier Burkhalter gives a speech at the Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction in the Japanese city of Sendai. Dossier
Akkarai, 18 March 2015 – Federal Councillor Didier Burkhalter visits the village of Akkarai in northern Sri Lanka, where Switzerland is supporting reconstruction efforts.
From: Friday, 17.04.2015
Till: Saturday, 25.04.2015
From: Wednesday, 29.04.2015
From: Wednesday, 29.04.2015
Till: Sunday, 03.05.2015
The SDC contributes to the post-conflict rehabilitation of more than 5000 Sri Lankan families with a “cash for reconstruction” project in the north of the country.
A project to rehabilitate the Arab-Islamic cultural heritage of northern Mali is well under way. The SDC has invested more than CHF 1 million in this operation.
21 March is the International Day of Forests. The SDC is committed to the protection of forests. A case in point is the ANFOR project.
SDC is focusing on vocational education and training in 2015. Find out more about SDC’s strategy and the projects it is carrying out throughout the world. Vocational education and training
Switzerland assists the victims of the war in Syria at various levels.
Dossier Switzerland's commitment in Syria
Switzerland actively participates in the search for universally valid development and sustainability goals for the post-2015 period.
Post-2015 Agenda Blog Post-2015
The Democracy Without Borders initiative associates nationally and internationally renowned Swiss personalities with development projects.
Democracy Without Borders
Current themes of Swiss development cooperation and background information on projects in different regions of the world published in our Briefing Papers at regular intervals.
Subscribe to the SDC Newsletter. Topical information every two months on Swiss development cooperation and humanitarian aid.
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The principles, tasks, objectives and focus of Switzerland’s international cooperation are set out in the Federal Council’s 2013-2016 Dispatch to Parliament.
Message 2013–2016 (PDF, Number of pages 332, 1.5 MB, French)