Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation


" The Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) is Switzerland’s international cooperation agency within the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA). 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 humanitarian aid.

SDC employs a staff of around 550 people to carry out its activities in Switzerland and abroad, with an annual budget of CHF 1.3 billion (2006). The Agency undertakes direct actions, supports programmes of multilateral organizations, and helps to finance programmes run by Swiss and international aid organizations in the following areas:

  • Regional cooperation
  • Global cooperation
  • Humanitarian aid
  • Cooperation with Eastern Europe"

Switzerland’s international cooperation programme for 2013–2016 follows five strategic goals and focuses on fragile and conflict-affected countries. The Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) is responsible for implementing the Federal Council’s foreign policy on humanitarian aid, development, and cooperation with Eastern Europe. It supports countries in their efforts to overcome poverty- and development-related problems. For example, the SDC enables disadvantaged groups among the population to gain better access to education and healthcare, and it helps resolve environmental problems. The SDC places special emphasis on fragile states and countries affected by conflict. 

International cooperation for the period 2013–2016 has five strategic goals:

  • Prevent or surmount crises, conflicts and disasters
  • Create universal access to resources and services
  • Promote sustainable economic growth
  • Support transitions to democratic, market-based economy systems
  • Help shape globalisation that favours development, safeguards the environment and is socially acceptable

Source: SDC

  • Agency/Fund
Contact details
Phone:+41 (0)58 462 44 13
Fax:+41 (0)58 464 16 96
Address:Freiburgstrasse 1303003 Bern, 3003 Bern
Geographical focus
  • International; Other
Scientifc field / Thematic focus
  • General

Entry created by Elke Dall on March 12, 2007
Modified on June 14, 2016