Switzerland - Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC)

Donor: 
Bilateral
Geographical focus: 
Europe
Thematic focus: 
Tourism in general
Human Rights in Tourism
Intro text: 
In operating with other federal offices concerned, SDC is responsible for the overall coordination of development activities and cooperation with Eastern Europe, as well as for the humanitarian aid delivered by the Swiss Confederation. Through its bilateral programmes Switzerland stays in contact with local realities and maintains direct control and visibility, often strengthened by the commitment of Swiss personnel. The experiences and observations gained on the ground influence the standpoints Switzerland takes within the international organisations, creating a synergy between its bilateral and multilateral commitments. Switzerland also manages its own humanitarian programmes, always maintaining close relationships with the multilateral humanitarian institutions. Total ODA in 2014 was USD 3.5 billion, which represents 0.49% of GNI.

Official website

https://www.eda.admin.ch/sdc

Who can apply?

Priority countries, Swiss NGOs.

Objectives and activities

The nine thematic areas of the development cooperation are:

-         Health;

-         Basic education and vocational training;

-         Private sector and financial services;

-         State reform, local administrative reform, and civic participation;

-         Conflict transformation and crisis resilience;

-         Agriculture and food security;

-         Water;

-         Climate change; and

-         Migration.

The last four of these themes are considered global programmes. Health is a global theme.

Switzerland’s commitment focuses on five goals:

-         Preventing and overcoming crises, conflicts and catastrophes;

-         Creating access for all to resources and services;

-         Promoting sustainable economic growth;

-         Supporting the transition to democratic, free-market systems;

-         Helping to shape pro-development, environmentally friendly and socially responsible globalization.

One project on tourism “South Africa: A label for fair trade travel packages” under the sub-sector Sustainable Trade.

Type and level of funding

Framework credits (FC) 2013–2016 in CHF millions

Medium

%

FC Humanitarian Aid and the Swiss Humanitarian Aid Unit (SDC)

2'025

17,8%

FC for the continuation of technical cooperation and financial aid in support of developing countries (SDC)

6'920

61,0%

Bilateral cooperation

4'152

 

Multilateral cooperation

2'768

 

FC for the continuation of economic and trade policy measures in developing countries (SECO)

1'280

11,3%

FC for the continuation of cooperation with the countries of Eastern Europe and the CIS 

1'125

9,9%

SDC

750

 

SECO

375

 

Total commitments

11'350

100%