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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, 38.6 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
The Millennium Development Goals commit the international community to achieving concrete results
Despite a challenging environment, Swiss international cooperation produced many good results in 2016
Determining the varied economic, socio-cultural and political impacts of the programmes and ascertaining positive and negative results
A film team working on behalf of the SDC visits people the SDC supported a number of years ago. What is the legacy of this support?
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
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 Confederation's strategy for 2013–2016 in the area of international cooperation encompasses objectives, principles, tools and the substantive orientation of Swiss activities
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
Bern, 17.10.2017 – Der Vorsteher des EDA empfängt den Aussenminister
aus Burkina Faso. Im Fokus des Gesprächs stand die Entwicklungshilfe.
International Day for Disaster Reduction, 13.10.2017 – The SDC is
involved in earthquake-resistant reconstruction in Nepal and Ecuador.
Bern, 10.10.2017 – On this year's World Day against the Death Penalty
the FDFA sets out Switzerland's foreign policy activities towards
universal abolition of the death penalty.
New York, 06.10.2017 - Switzerland deposited its instrument of
ratification in New York on 6 October 2017, making it an official
party to the Paris Agreement.
From: Wednesday, 18.10.2017
From: Monday, 23.10.2017
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Till: Sunday, 12.11.2017
Dealing with the complex challenges that arise in the process of
implementing the 2030 Agenda requires Investments in long-term
The threat of conflicts over water is one of the greatest challenges
of the future. Switzerland finds dialogue and cooperation to be
effective in its prevention efforts.
Read the 'Water and conflicts' dossier in issue
3/2017 of the SDC's magazine 'Eine Welt/Un seul monde' (PDF, 3.0 MB, French)
Agri-Fin Mobile, a project co-funded by the SDC, provides access to
financial and advisory services to smallholder farmers worldwide via
Switzerland will strengthen cooperation with civil society and
private sector in its commitment to gender equality and women's rights.
Strategy on Gender equality and Women’s rights
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.
A global framework for sustainable development. The 17 sustainable
development goals follow on from the Millennium Development Goals.
The SDC and SECO had three priorities for 2016: combating poverty,
reducing global risks and improving prospects for people in fragile contexts.
Report SDC 2016
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