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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
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
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
Bern, 14.12.2017 – Infrastructure, economic and trade relations as well as the rule of law and the SDC's country program for Bolivia were at the center of the meeting.
Bern, 13.12.2017 – The UNESCO Global Education Monitoring Report 2017/18 sets out the responsibilities of actors in the field of education. An interview with an SDC education expert.
Bern, 11.12.2017 – International Mountain Day: The SDC supports the people of the Hindu Kush Himalayan region in adapting to the new realities of their environment.
Bern, 25.11.2017 – International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women – the SDC uses role-plays, case studies, discussions, empowerment and couples workshops in Nepal.
From: Thursday, 25.01.2018
Till: Wednesday, 19.09.2018
From: Thursday, 08.02.2018
Till: Saturday, 10.02.2018
From: Friday, 23.03.2018
Swiss Humanitarian Aid has stepped up its commitment in response to the crisis in the Greater Kasai region of the Democratic Republic of the Congo
On the occasion of Human Rights Day on 10 December 2017, SDC takes stock of its efforts to promote human rights.
Agri-Fin Mobile, a project co-funded by the SDC, provides access to financial and advisory services to smallholder farmers worldwide via mobile phone.
Gender equality, respect for women's and girls' rights, and the prohibition of all forms of gender-based discrimination are fundamental values for Swtizerland.
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.
The SDC and SECO had three priorities for 2016: combating poverty, reducing global risks and improving prospects for people in fragile contexts.
Annual Report SDC 2016
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