Humanitarian Aid and SHA

The mandate of SDC’s Humanitarian Aid is to save lives and alleviate suffering. It is active in protecting the interests of vulnerable population groups before, during, and after periods of conflict, crises, or natural disasters. Swiss Humanitarian Aid is active in the following sectors: reconstruction and rehabilitation of disaster-stricken areas, disaster-risk reduction, protection of vulnerable population groups, and emergency aid.

To implement its mandate, the Humanitarian Aid has the following instruments at its disposal: direct actions, contributions, and the secondment of experts from the Swiss Humanitarian Aid Unit (SHA) to its UN partners and to the ICRC. To enable its programmes to have a long-term impact, the Humanitarian Aid builds bridges with the area of development cooperation.