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17 Jan 2018 description

The Hindu Kush Himalayan region has been hit hard by the impact of climate change. To help the local people successfully adapt to this new reality, the SDC is supporting the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD), based in Kathmandu, Nepal. The organisation provides eight countries in the region with a platform for creating and adopting new approaches to sustainable mountain development.

01 Jul 2016 description



Emergency aid and reconstruction measures supported by Switzerland directly benefit around three and a half million people a year.
Given their scale and tragic consequences, Swiss Humanitarian Aid has focused its attention on the conflicts in Syria and Iraq, South Sudan and the Central African Republic, and the Ebola epidemic in West Africa. (p. 8)


13 Jun 2016 description

Executive Summary

The FDMA Protection Unit organized a two days Capacity Building Training on “Protection” in collaboration with Protection Cluster FATA/KP and funded by Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC).

31 Jan 2016 description


Switzerland's glaciers are melting. In less than 40 years, their surface has shrunk by almost 30 percent. Linked directly to an increase in greenhouse gas emissions, this relentless retreat can be observed around the globe, impacting negatively on the economy, the environment and society.

21 Apr 2015 description

Maria Daud works as a project manager in the fields of food security and disaster risk reduction for the Pakistan programme at Malteser International, an NGO that is supported by the SDC. She shared her experience at the SDC’s 2015 Annual Conference of Swiss Humanitarian Aid in Bern

How do you explain the concept of disaster risk reduction?

Disaster risk reduction reduces the vulnerability of communities in areas prone to disasters. Two approaches are central: capacity building and mitigation.

24 Dec 2012 description

In the spirit of mutual cooperation, this three-year Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) will support the SDC-funded sustainable development programme in the province.

The MoU defines overall collaboration between the SDC, the Government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK) and Helvetas Swiss Intercooperation (HSI). It supports the implementation of the Livelihoods Programme Hindukush and the Water for Livelihoods Project aiming to improve the quality of life and reducing vulnerability of marginalised communities.

26 Nov 2012 description

Switzerland has just completed a project providing water for the flood-affected population in Rajanpur District in Punjab Province, which according to the United Nations was one of the districts most affected by the 2012 floods. According to official figures, more than 270,000 people were affected and 26 people lost their lives during these latest floods in Rajanpur.

08 Jul 2012 description

The Swiss Cooperation Office in Afghanistan celebrates its 10th anniversary in 2012. Subject to fundamental changes, Afghanistan is one of the so-called “fragile” states. Given this complex and volatile context, the SDC is stepping up its commitment in an effort to prevent the achievements so far from being undone. Elisabeth von Capeller, head of the Division South Asia, visited the country from 6–11 June 2012 and shares her impressions.

30 Mar 2012 description

This brief shares experiences and draws some lessons from the continued engagement of SDC’s Livelihoods Programme (LP) in the sensitive security context of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province (KPK), north-western Pakistan.

Remaining Engaged in Difficult Times

15 Jan 2012 description

SDC Humanitarian Aid

The Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) has been active in Pakistan for 45 years, and is represented by the Swiss Cooperation Office in Islamabad. Cooperation focuses on income generation, water and rural development. SDC Humanitarian Aid (SDC-HA) is assisting the Government of Pakistan in emergencies with relief and reconstruction programmes.

08 Sep 2010 description

Switzerland is stepping up its aid for Pakistan. In several regions the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) is launching projects for the disinfection and distribution of drinking water. About 250,000 people are expected to benefit from this.

23 Aug 2010 description

Current situation on site

The worst floods to hit Pakistan in 80 years continue to spread across the country. The flow of water from the north-western mountain province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK - formerly the North Western Frontier Province) has reached the lower-lying and heavily populated provinces of Punjab and Sindh downstream. The flood-hit area now stretches for more than 1,500 km along the Indus and its tributaries.

According to the authorities, to date at least 2,000 people have perished and more than 17 million have been affected by the floods.

23 Aug 2010 description

Switzerland is stepping up its aid for Pakistan. In several regions the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) is launching projects for the disinfection and distribution of drinking water. About 250,000 people are expected to benefit from this.

13 Aug 2010 description

Switzerland has increased its emergency aid contributions for flood victims in Pakistan.

10 Aug 2010 description

The situation in Pakistan remains desperate. Switzerland is helping the flood victims by supplying materials and making contributions to international organisations.

The floodwaters in Pakistan have now reached low lying and densely populated regions. At least 1600 people have been killed and 15 million people are dependent on help.

05 Aug 2010 description

Bern, 05.08.2010 - The situation in the flooded regions of Pakistan is increasingly serious. The FDFA has started immediate emergency measures and is considering providing additional aid. A Swiss mission is now assessing the needs on the spot.

Official figures state that up to now at least 1500 people have died in the floods. About 3.2 million people need help. Switzerland is taking action to alleviate the distress.

31 Dec 2009 description


It is often said, "Food insecurity anywhere, threatens peace everywhere". Food insecurity may cause unrest or even political instability. Persistent food insecurity may cause conflicts, civil wars and can threaten the overall peace of community, society, nation or world depending on the extent and spectrum of hunger and poverty.

The term food security reflects the desire to eliminate hunger and malnutrition.

30 Jan 2009 description

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 ;


30 Jan 2009 description

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 …

21 Dec 2007 description

SDC Reconstruction Project in Pakistan

In three villages in the earthquake-damaged district of Batagram, eight hundred children returned to school at the beginning of October 2007.

Religious and social rules are strictly observed in the district of Batagram, making it particularly important to establish good trust with the population. Just how important it is can be illustrated by the fact that Pakistani construction workers from the northern town of Gilgit are regarded as foreigners here. But appearances can be deceptive.