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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
Saving lives in the immediate aftermath of a crisis, 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
For development to be possible, governments must act in a reliable and transparent manner
Strengthening the state in service of the people; promoting democratisation and fair economic and tax policies; enabling respect for human rights
Reducing greenhouse gases and promoting adaptation to climate change
Promoting the economy and jobs through private sector and financial sector development and vocational training
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
Fragility, conflicts, violence and human rights violations are the major challenges in fighting poverty
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
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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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.
Bern, 10.10.2018 – At its meeting on 10 October, the Federal Council decided to approve the United Nations Global Compact for Migration with a clarification.
Bern, 01.10.2018 – Following the Indonesian earthquake and the tsunami, the Swiss Humanitarian Aid is sending a team of experts on Monday evening.
New York, 26 September 2018 – At EU meeting on the Syria crisis Swiss foreign minister Cassis calls for joint efforts to overcome the humanitarian catastrophe. Dossier
Bern, 12.09.2018 – The SDC wants to leverage the advantages of the Swiss school system in its partner countries – a study by PH Zug shows the way.
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This short video provides a vivid account of what good governance means and what the SDC is doing in its partner countries to improve the prospects of the people living there.
"Good governance" video
There are more refugees now than at any time since the Second World War. Switzerland is committed at several levels to protecting refugees, internally displaced persons and migrants.
Dossier: Commitment to refugee and migration issues
Shaping and advancing your career in international cooperation is an art. Visit Forum cinfo and get motivated! Friday, 16 November, Berne
Agenda: forum cinfo 2018
Gender equality, respect for women's and girls' rights, and the prohibition of all forms of gender-based discrimination are fundamental values for Swtizerland.
Dossier «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.
Dossier «Dispatch 2017–2020»
A global framework for sustainable development. The 17 sustainable development goals follow on from the Millennium Development Goals.
In 2017, Switzerland achieved significant results in the implementation of the Dispatch on Switzerland's International Cooperation 2017–2020.
Annual Report SDC 2017
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