Through its international cooperation, Switzerland promotes peace and good governance in developing countries. To this end, Switzerland is using the expertise it has developed over the years to strengthen human rights in priority regions, to participate in conflict resolution and prevention, to strengthen public institutions and to increase the participation of civil society and citizens, in order to ensure that public services meet the real needs of the population.
Because of its history and neutrality, Switzerland has a strong legitimacy to support the political processes for conflict prevention and resolution. Switzerland has special expertise in the areas of international humanitarian law and human rights. Its International Cooperation Strategy 2021–24 places a special focus on peace, gender equality and good governance.