Gender Mainstreaming 2022-2025 Phase 7

In collaboration with selected strategic partners, the SDC will promote gender equality and women’s rights in 3 priority areas that correspond to the SDC’s strategic interests and where it can promote innovative approaches: Peace building and crisis response, data driven advocacy and policy influence, and mobilising quality investments for gender transformative change. This will contribute to accelerate the implementation of the SDG 5 and to reduce its current funding gap.

Country/region Topic Period Budget
Conflict & fragility
Human rights
Employment & economic development
Conflict prevention
Women’s equality organisations and institutions
Human rights (incl. Women's rights)
Data and statistics
Democratic participation and civil society
01.03.2022 - 28.02.2025
CHF  3’900’000
Background Progress towards Gender inequality is too slow and piecemeal. Despite some progress in certain areas over the past decades, gender inequality persists in all areas of life, mostly to the detriment of women and girls. Women’s vulnerability and the difficulties they face are all the higher in situations of crisis and conflict. SDG 5 on gender equality is one of the most underfinanced goals and implementation is lagging behind. The SDC is well positioned to address this global challenge as it has been active in this regard for many years – with tangible results. In future, it will further strengthen its profile with promoting innovative approaches in gender financing, with stronger engagement in the important field of gender data, and with its increased commitment to the women peace and security agenda (UN Security Council Resolution 1325).
Objectives Contribution to enhanced implementation of women's rights, gender transformative change and gender equality.
Target groups Direct target group are women organisations, networks and activists, as well as global initiatives that promote gender equality and women’s rights. Indirect target groups are governments, private sector and other relevant stakeholders engaging with these groups and initiatives, as well as SDC programmes and staff that shall benefit from developed expertise. Finally, the SDC benefits from its profile as credible and committed development partner.
Medium-term outcomes

Outcome 1: Women, in particular young women, elevate their leadership and meaningful participation in local peacebuilding and humanitarian and crisis response, hold governments accountable and directly engage with global decision makers on WPS.

Outcome 2: Women activists and gender advocates use gender-specific data to influence policy makers and hold them accountable.

Outcome 3: Key stakeholders of the global investment community are enabled and encouraged to enhance investments for gender transformative change, and to address gender imbalances across the investment process.


Expected results:   Not yet available; This will be defined in the partial actions for each partnership.

Results from previous phases:  

The previous phase covered the overall mandate of the Gender Unit, including knowledge management, advise, thematic quality, and support to strategic partners / policy dialoge. The new phase will focus on the latter part only. Selected key results are:

Learning processes, products (gender toolbox), events and trainings on several topics have ben realised. This resulted in better integration of gender into programmes, annual reports. But there is still room to improve know how transfer and results for more transformative change.

Collaboration with strategic partners generated some tangible results: More competent women activists in peacebuilding and climate change, their leadership in policy dialogue and in progress monitoring of policy implementation. But, future contributions need more focus and scale in key strategic areas instead of scattered small contributions.

Increased efforts in contributing to global/national policy processes, a.o. global platforms, action coalitions, co-chairing donor working groups, with inputs to strategic review processes of the FDFA.

Directorate/federal office responsible SDC
Project partners Contract partner
International or foreign NGO
Other International Organization
Swiss Non-profit Organisation
  • Other international or foreign NGO North
  • Other OI
  • Other Swiss Non-profit Organisation

Coordination with other projects and actors SDC Thematic Units Governance, Fragility, Conflict & Human Rights, Social Equality/LNOB, Inclusive Economic Development. FDFA Directorate for International Law (DIL), FDFA Peace and Human Rights Division (PHRD), the State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO). 
Budget Current phase Swiss budget CHF    3’900’000 Swiss disbursement to date CHF    2’490’621
Project phases Phase 7 01.03.2022 - 28.02.2025   (Current phase) Phase 6 01.01.2017 - 30.06.2022   (Completed) Phase 4 01.12.2010 - 31.12.2013   (Completed)