The Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) is the agency for international cooperation of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA). The SDC is responsible for the overall coordination with other federal authorities of development and cooperation with Eastern Europe as well as for humanitarian aid delivered by the Swiss Confederation.
Swiss international cooperation, which is an integral part of the Federal Council's foreign policy, aims to contribute to a world without poverty and in peace, for sustainable development. It fosters economic self-reliance and state autonomy, contributes to the improvement of production conditions, helps address environmental problems, and ensures better access to education and basic healthcare services.
The strategy of the Swiss Confederation on international cooperation for the period 2017 to 2020 is set out in detail in a Federal Council dispatch that was adopted by Parliament in September 2016. It is based on the vision of a world without poverty and in peace, for sustainable development, from the perspective of the 2030 Agenda.
The SDC’s commitment is guided by its concern to reduce hardship and poverty and to overcome major global challenges such as climate change, migration flows and access to water. The SDC implements Switzerland’s international cooperation in close coordination with SECO and the Human Security Division of the FDFA. It is constantly expanding its activities in fragile contexts, where almost two thirds of the world’s poorest people are expected to be living by 2030.
Switzerland’s international cooperation includes all the activities it carries out in the areas of humanitarian aid, technical and financial cooperation with developing countries, economic and trade cooperation, transition aid for the countries of Eastern Europe and Central Asia, as well as peacebuilding and human security.