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Annual Report 2012 - Swiss International Cooperation

27.05.2013 - Press release

2012 Annual Report on Switzerland’s International Cooperation

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Coopération internationale de la Suisse - Rapport annuel 2012

Une stratégie unique qui englobe pour la première fois l’aide humanitaire, la coopération technique et financière, les mesures de politique économique et commerciale et la coopération avec les pays de l’Est : ce tournant important a été salué aussi bien par le Parlement que par l’opinion publique, soulignent le directeur de la DDC Martin Dahinden et Marie-Gabrielle Ineichen-Fleisch, Secrétaire d’Etat et directrice du SECO, dans le rapport annuel 2012 sur la coopération internationale de la Suisse qui vient de sortir de presse.

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Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) - Annual Report 2012

The just-published 2012 Annual Report on Switzerland's International Cooperation sets out a unified strategy that encompasses – for the first time – humanitarian aid, technical and financial cooperation, economic and trade policy measures, and cooperation with the countries of Eastern Europe. SDC Director-General Martin Dahinden and State Secretary and Director of SECO Marie-Gabrielle Ineichen-Fleisch stress that this important milestone has been welcomed both by Parliament and by public opinion.

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Interview with Lucas Riegger, Regional Humanitarian Affairs Officer in Mali

One year after the food crisis and the takeover of northern territories of the country by armed groups in Mali, the humanitarian situation is critical and its effects are making themselves felt throughout the region. The Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) has been in the country for 35 years, and has had to adapt to these successive crises. Since mid-February 2013, Lucas Riegger, a member of the Swiss Humanitarian Aid Unit, has been providing support for the activities of the SDC’s Cooperation Office (Coof).

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Sahel: a humanitarian disaster can still be averted

Food crisis in West Africa

In the Sahel region of West Africa more than 10 million people are facing serious food shortages due to drought and the after-effects of the 2010 food crisis. Drawing from the experiences made in the Horn of Africa, Switzerland and other donors have reacted quickly in order to avert famine.

Niger, Chad, Mali, Mauritania, Burkina Faso, Senegal, Northern Cameroon and Northern Nigeria: in all of these countries and regions millions of people are suffering from hunger and malnutrition.

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Il est encore possible d'empêcher une catastrophe humanitaire au Sahel

Crise alimentaire en Afrique de l'Ouest

En Afrique de l'Ouest, dans la région du Sahel, la sécheresse et les suites de la crise alimentaire de 2010 exposent plus de 10 millions de personnes à de graves pénuries de nourriture. Tirant profit de l'expérience réalisée dans la Corne de l'Afrique, la Suisse ainsi que d'autres pays donateurs ont réagi très vite pour éviter une famine.

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Swiss Cooperation with Mali: Definition of the common perspectives for 2012-2015

On 2 and 3 February 2012 in Bamako, Switzerland and its cooperation partner Mali met to take stock of the ongoing cooperation between the two countries and to launch their new strategy for the years 2012 to 2015. This new strategy formulates Swiss cooperation’s major points of thrust in this west African country over the next four years. The Memorandum of Understanding signed on this occasion paves the way to a new period of cooperation between Mali and Switzerland and defines their common perspectives for the coming years.

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Stratégie de coopération suisse au Mali 2012 – 2015

Coopération suisse avec le Mali: Les perspectives communes 2012-2015 sont définies

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Disaster Risk Reduction in International Cooperation: Switzerland's Contribution to the Protection of Lives and Livelihoods


Today half of the world's population is under threat from the forces of nature - one fifth of the earth's surface is regularly affected by earthquakes, vol-canic eruptions, floods, drought, landslides and storms. There are indications that such events are increasingly frequent. Moreover, the effects of cli-mate change are becoming evident.

The negative impacts of such natural events affect increasing numbers of people: 6.9 billion people live on our planet today and, according to UN esti-mates, this number will have

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Un seul monde - No 2 juin 2009



Quand l'Afrique nourrira le monde

(gn) Il y a longtemps que le riz n'est plus exclusivement l'aliment de base du continent asiatique: l'Afrique, qui est en passe de devenir le premier acheteur de riz du monde, en importe actuellement quelque 10 millions de tonnes par an. Elle aurait pourtant la capacité non seulement de couvrir ses besoins, mais aussi d'en exporter de grandes quantités, affirme Marco Wopereis, directeur adjoint du Centre du riz pour l'Afrique (Adrao).Alors qu'en Asie la production rizicole plafonne,

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Message on countries of the South 2009 - 2012: Unified Swiss development cooperation strategy

With its Message on the Continuation of Technical Cooperation and Financial Aid for Developing Countries 2009 - 2012, the Federal Council presented a unified strategy for the Swiss Government's development cooperation as a whole.

By means of this Message, the Federal Council gears Swiss development cooperation to three priorities:

- reducing poverty;

- reducing security risks;

- co-shaping a form of globalization that promotes development.

Four-and-a-half billion Swiss francs have been allocated for this work for the period 2009-2012.

Switzerland's international cooperation

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Stratégie uniforme en matière de coopération au développement - Nouveautés à partir du 1er janvier 2009

Le Conseil fédéral a présenté, par le vecteur de son Message 2009 - 2012, la nouvelle stratégie globale de la Confédération en matière de coopération au développement. Le Parlement a en outre demandé d'élever à 0,5 % du RNB le montant consacré à l'aide au développement.

En vertu du Message sur la continuation de la coopération technique et de l'aide financière en faveur des pays en développement (dit Message Sud), la coopération suisse au développement s'articule autour de trois axes :

1. la réduction de la pauvreté ;

2. la réduction des risques d'ordre sécuritaire ;

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Mali: 30 years of multisectoral development

Swiss Cooperation in Mali

Three events were recently held to commemorate thirty years of cooperation between Switzerland and Mali: a travelling photo exhibit showing the effects of globalisation, meetings between the Malian government and the SDC to discuss the bilateral cooperation programme and a village exhibit illustrating the various types of cooperation between Switzerland and Mali. These events highlighted the numerous initiatives taken by Malian and Swiss partners in cultural, scientific and economic spheres.

During the festivities, the key questions

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Food crisis in West Africa

An Additional Swiss Specialist for Niger
The SDC is dispatching a logistician of its Swiss Humanitarian Aid Unit. To date, the SDC has spent CHF 1.5 million on food aid for Niger and Mali. The situation in the affected areas is slowly improving. Long term measures must be implemented to remediate the structural causes of such occurrences.

In addition to financial contributions of almost CHF 1 million in the past four months, SDC's humanitarian aid is dispatching a logistician to Niger. The specialist will be seconded

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Niger and Mali: Swiss action to fight the famine

Anticipating a state of severe malnutrition and the appeal of the international community, the SDC has allocated over one million Swiss francs since last spring to provide emergency food aid to Niger. In addition to its development cooperation programmes in this priority country, SDC's Humanitarian Aid has paid CHF 832'000 for assistance to the people most affected by the drought which is plaguing the country. A further CHF 400'000 have been allocated to provide food aid in Mali.
These measures complement and fit into