Experts' points of view

Henri Stalder stands in front of a wrecked car riddled with bullet holes.
Henri Stalder is one of the Swiss experts working for the UN in Syria. © SDC

As part of its humanitarian aid effort for victims of the Syrian conflict, Switzerland has sent many experts from the Swiss Humanitarian Aid Unit (SHA) to Syria and neighbouring countries.

Water and sanitation specialists, engineers and cash transfer experts are seconded to various UN agencies such as UNHCR and UNICEF to assist them in their operations. Alternatively, they work on projects run directly by the SDC. Either way, they temporarily leave their jobs and homes in Switzerland and spend several months working in the field, deploying their expertise for the benefit of people in need.