The aim of Switzerland's international cooperation is to support partner countries with their own development. Close collaboration at the governmental level and with the local and national administration is central to this.
Switzerland promotes respect for human rights and good governance in projects and programmes and in political dialogue with foreign governments. Switzerland is committed to strengthening the autonomy of the authorities and civil society in partner countries.
Good governance targets the quality of government and public administration and compliance with the obligation to accountability. This requires the judicial authorities to be independent of the state. It implies the existence of the rule of law, a democratic system and fair regulatory framework for both private and public enterprises. Transparency and criminal sanctions for corruption are of vital importance.