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16 May 2015 description
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The SDC’s response to the Ukraine crisis

On 15 May 2015 Switzerland sent a convoy carrying 300 tonnes of chemical water treatment products to eastern Ukraine to supply approximately 3.5 million people in need in the Donetsk region with clean drinking water. This is the first humanitarian convoy of its size to have crossed the contact line between the government-controlled area and that under the control of non-government forces since the armed conflict began in the region. The convoy is being accompanied by Manuel Bessler, the Federal Council Delegate for Swiss Humanitarian Aid.

11 May 2015 description

Bern, 08.05.2015 - In view of the rapidly escalating humanitarian crisis in Yemen, Switzerland is making CHF 2 Million available to the Yemen Humanitarian Pooled Fund managed by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). At the same time it calls on all parties to respect their obligations under international law to ensure the protection of civilians, to engage in dialogue to seek a political solution to the conflict and to cease hostilities.

06 May 2015 description

Bern, Media release, 01.05.2015

38 tonnes of relief supplies will be sent from Zurich to Nepal as soon as landing permission is granted by the Nepalese authorities. As well as large tents and tarpaulins for the construction of emergency shelters in higher altitude regions the material includes water-treatment and medical supplies. This material is urgently needed according to the assessment of the Swiss rapid response team that has been in the disaster-stricken area since 26 April.

29 Apr 2015 description

Bern, 28.04.2015 - On the evening of 28 April 2015, a 10-strong medical team will fly to Nepal as part of the “Mother and Child” unit to provide medical support in the disaster area for women in childbirth and to perform surgery on children there. The deployment of the team of doctors by the Swiss Humanitarian Aid Unit is the first response measure to be taken following an initial assessment of the situation by the rapid response team sent to the region on 26 April 2015 in the wake of the devastating earthquake in the Himalayas.

27 Apr 2015 description

Bern, Media release, 26.04.2015

To assess the situation after the devastating earthquake that struck the Himalayan region, Switzerland dispatched a team of specialists to Nepal on the morning of 26 April 2015. Working under the coordination of Swiss Humanitarian Aid, the team includes a doctor, a structural engineer, a logistics specialist and a water expert, and will set up initial emergency assistance.

22 Apr 2015 description

Afin d’assurer la sécurité alimentaire et réduire la pauvreté, les collectivités des zones de Youwarou, Tenenkou, Mopti et Niafunké réalisent des projets de soutien aux filières agricoles porteuses.

17 Apr 2015 description

La Suisse et le Mali viennent de signer un accord de financement d’un montant de 5, 5 milliards de FCFA (CHF 8 millions) en vue de promouvoir une gouvernance locale inclusive et le renforcement de la société civile dans son rôle de veille citoyenne. L’appui bénéficiera aux régions de Mopti et de Tombouctou. Depuis 15 ans, la DDC soutient la gouvernance et la décentralisation dans la région de Sikasso, au sud du pays.

15 Apr 2015 description

In Sri Lanka, Switzerland is supporting the reconstruction of homes and villages that were destroyed by the tsunami in 2004 and the civil war that ended in 2009. Federal Councillor Didier Burkhalter has visited Akkarai, a village in Jaffna in the north of the country.

19 Mar 2015 description


  • WFP Yemen needs to urgently mobilize resources for the safety nets. Unless new contributions are ensured, serious pipeline breaks will start to affect this activity in July.

  • In January, WFP reached 759,440 beneficiaries including conflict-affected populations, malnourished children and nursing mothers, refugees and stranded migrants.

Situation Update

15 Mar 2015 description

Un proyecto de cupones por activos, financiado por la cooperación suiza y la italiana, ha ayudado a fortalecer los lazos entre los residentes de la comunidad de Entre Ríos –en su mayoría madres solteras, ancianos y personas con discapacidad—y a revivir una práctica ancestral llamada “tornavuelta”, que ayuda al cuidado de los huertos familiares. Unas 1,000 familias se benefician del proyecto.

11 Mar 2015 description

Switzerland supports Myanmar in four areas of cooperation: employment and vocational skills development; agriculture and food security; health, social services and local governance; and peace promotion, democratisation and protection. The geographic focus is south-eastern Myanmar.


05 Mar 2015 description

By Emily Loewen

March 5, 2015

MUTTENZ, Switzerland – There is a difference of opinion when it comes to color choice in the quilting group at Brügg Mennonite Church in Muttenz, Switzerland. For Gulschin Ibrahim, the Swiss tendency to choose similar tones and colors is a bit boring. In Syria, where Ibrahim is from, people like brighter shades, and more of them.

“She tells us we’re doing the colors all wrong,” said Margrit Amstutz with a laugh. Amstutz is in the same quilting group.

28 Feb 2015 description

Program at a Glance

The Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation’s Humanitarian Aid (SDC/HA) contributes to the improvement of lives of people affected by poverty and conflict in the Southeast of Myanmar by creating favourable conditions for trust building between the parties in the Myanmar peace process.

The objectives of the three community infrastructure programs in Mon and Kayin States are:

1) enhancement of the learning environment of children,

2) access to basic health care and water and sanitation facilities,

25 Feb 2015 description


Population: 18.2 million (ESCWA 2013)

15.5 million people in need of humanitarian assistance:

  • 12.2 million in Syria (7.6 million of which are internally displaced)

  • 3.3 million refugees in neighbouring countries and North Africa

UN Appeals for 2015:

  • $2.9 billion Syria Strategic Response Plan 2015 (SRP) 0% funded* (*as of 12th January, OCHA)

21 Feb 2015 description

The Social Welfare Centre in Olovo, one of the facilities heavily damaged in the floods of May 2014, was officially reopened today. Funds for the Centre’s rehabilitation were provided by the European Union through its Flood Recovery Programme (in the amount of 16,500 BAM), the Swiss Government (39,000 BAM) and UNICEF (18,000 BAM).

17 Feb 2015 description

In this report:

-New Displacement in Kachin

-REACH Mission in Myanmar

-Resourcing Update

-Suspension of School Feeding

-2014 Highlights

13 Feb 2015 description

Kosovo - With the rise in irregular migration of Kosovo citizens towards the European Union (EU), Kosovo President Atifete Jahjaga met with IOM Kosovo Chief of Mission Jorge Baca Vaughan on Thursday (12/2) to discuss the need to engage with local and international institutions to address migration management and the return of irregular Kosovar migrants from EU countries.