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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
Background information on current topics
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, 38.6 kB, English)
Development of production systems and rural services favours sustainable use of natural resources
Preventing human trafficking and exploitation; helping refugees and displaced persons return home
Knowing dangers and risks, acting preventively, during and after events, immediately. Saving lives, meeting the victims' basic needs and starting a new future with rehabilitation
Providing high quality education systems to guarantee universal access to basic knowledge and to relevant vocational education and training
Strengthening of health systems, communicable and noncommunicable diseases, and sexual and reproductive health
The SDC is committed to ensuring that public services are performed competently in the interests of all citizens.
Reducing greenhouse gases and promoting adaptation to climate change
Promoting the economy and jobs through private sector and financial sector development and vocational training
Fragility, violence and conflicts are major challenges in the fight against poverty. The promotion of human rights and the promotion of sustainable, peaceful, just and inclusive societies contributes to address their root causes, to strengthen resilience and to leave no one behind.
Commitment to equal opportunities for men and women in all development processes for a balanced society
Ensuring availability of drinking water for human consumption, sanitation, food production
The work of the SDC contributes to a permanent improvement of the living conditions of all beneficiaries.
Reports on the activities, results and effectiveness of Swiss international cooperation.
Determining and improving on an ongoing basis the various economic, social, cultural and policy effects of the programmes.
Coherent foreign relations from an economic, ecological and social perspective raise the effectiveness of international cooperation.
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
Development banks, UN development organisations and global funds and networks are important pillars of development cooperation, contributing both knowledge and funding. Switzerland’s portfolio of priority partner organisations reflects new global challenges as well as the country’s development priorities.
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 Swiss NGOs that provide added value for the implementation of Switzerland's international cooperation and meet quality criteria
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
New releases, specialist publications and brochures: search the archive to download or order
SDC documents and information for apprentices, pupils, students and teachers
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
Simple explanations of technical terms used in development cooperation
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 Dispatch on Switzerland’s International Cooperation 2017–2020 sets out the rationale, objectives, principles and instruments for Switzerland’s commitment
Get in touch with the SDC at the head office in Switzerland or in our partner countries
The SDC's Board of Directors, organisational structure and Advisory Committee
Frequently asked questions about Swiss development cooperation. Information about funding, implementation of goals, and the organisation and effectiveness of the SDC's activities.
International Women's Day raises global awareness of discrimination against women. Switzerland supports specific projects promoting gender equality.
If a region is marked by conflict, art and culture can facilitate dialogue between opposing sides. The 'Art at Risk' conference has focused on this area of tension.
Berne, 25.02.2020 – Important for Europe, important for Switzerland – this is why many of the projects under Switzerland's first contribution to the enlarged EU were aimed at improving security in Eastern Europe.
Bern, 02.05.2019 – Swiss development cooperation should become more focused and effective. The FDFA and the EAER have opened a consultation on this issue.
Swiss development cooperation will become more focused, making it more effective. This is reflected in Switzerland's new international cooperation strategy for 2021–24.
International cooperation strategy 2021–24: greater focus and impact
Switzerland supports communities in Pakistan's Hindu Kush through rural development, water management, human rights and humanitarian aid projects.
Blog: Over 50 years of Swiss support for Pakistan
The Swiss model has inspired Bulgaria's reform of its vocational education and training (VET) into a dual system, to which Switzerland contributed financial support and expertise.
Article: Vocational training in Bulgaria
Through close cooperation with the scientific community and the private sector, the SDC exploits the full potential of new technologies for poverty reduction.
A large number of SDC projects take place in mountain regions and seek to improve the quality of life of people who live there.
The principles, tasks, objectives and focus of Switzerland’s international cooperation are set out in the Federal Council’s 2017–2020 Dispatch to Parliament.
Dossier «Dispatch 2017–2020»
A global framework for sustainable development. The 17 sustainable development goals follow on from the Millennium Development Goals.
Switzerland's international cooperation remains vital. It alleviates poverty and hardship, and is helping to overcome global challenges.
Find out how Switzerland made a difference in 2018
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