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14 Jun 2017 description

Séminaire régional sur « Le rôle des journalistes et des médias dans la prévention de la violence et de l’extrémisme violent en Afrique de l’Ouest et au Sahel »

Des journalistes et des responsables des médias décident d’adopter une Charte de bonnes pratiques et de lancer un Forum pour renforcer la prévention de l’extrémisme violent en Afrique de l’ouest et au Sahel

01 Jul 2016 description

HIGHLIGHTS

HUMANITARIAN AID AND THE SWISS HUMANITARIAN AID UNIT

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)

TECHNICAL COOPERATION AND FINANCIAL AID FOR DEVELOPING COUNTRIES

05 Mar 2016 description

In Burkina Faso, a third of school-age children – around one million girls and boys – do not have access to education and 70% of the adult population is illiterate. Alternative schooling modules need to be developed for them. Since 2006, the SDC's support for basic education has helped more than one million Burkinabe over 15 years of age learn to read and write.

28 Dec 2015 description

The peaceful election in Burkina Faso of President Roch Marc Christian Kaboré on 29 November 2015, thirteen months after the end of the long reign of Blaise Compaoré, was an impressive accomplishment. The West African country can be proud of having achieved a truly democratic transition. For the SDC, it is confirmation that its efforts to strengthen civil society over the long term are proving successful.

30 Jun 2014 description

Gender equality is a matter of social justice. It is of particular importance when it comes to rural development due to the repercussions on food security. In its seminal report of 2011 the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO)1 estimated that if women had the same access to resources as men their total production would increase by 20% to 30%. This would mean a reduction of 12% to 17% in the number of persons suffering from hunger worldwide.

27 May 2013 description

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.

27 May 2013 description

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.

16 May 2013 description

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).

14 May 2013 description

On 8 May 2013 the Federal Council decided to grant Burkina Faso and Mozambique general budgetary assistance of CHF 32 million each for the years 2013 to 2016. This will support both countries in implementation of their poverty reduction strategies, which focus on broad-based and sustainable growth.

31 Oct 2012 description

In western Africa, the problems linked to food security are very often attributed to the capriciousness of the climate and to meteorological factors. Even if the decline in the amount of rain and the phenomenon of global warming do indeed severely impact the situation of the men, women, and children, the recurring food crises in the Sahel region are also to be explained by human factors, factors which are often attributed with playing a merely secondary role.

20 Mar 2012 description

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.

16 Mar 2012 description

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.

11 Sep 2009 description

Des précipitations d'une force inhabituelle et des pluies diluviennes ont provoqué récemment de graves inondations au Burkina Faso, Niger, Sénégal, Sierra Leone et Ghana. Ces catastrophes naturelles ont touché quelque 600'000 personnes et fait 159 victimes. La Suisse est engagée dans plusieurs pays d'Afrique occidentale.

10 Sep 2009 description

Torrential rainfall has resulted in severe flooding in Burkina Faso, Niger, Senegal, Sierra Leone and Ghana. Some 600,000 people are affected, and 159 deaths have been reported. Switzerland is active in a number of these West African countries. The following is a brief summary of the situation.

In recent years floods have been a regular occurrence in this region in the summer months.

01 Jun 2009 description

(Extrait)

Périscope

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.

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 ;

2.

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 …