Priority themes WASH and Protection 2017

In the frame of the dispatch 2017-2020, 4 priority themes have been defined for the SDC/HA domain, namely DRR, SGBV, WASH and Protection, the two latter ones being hosted by the Africa H division. This CP will fund several activities implemented for the whole SDC/HA domain in order to increase the impact and coherence of priority themes such as defined in the operational concepts adopted by the HA domain in 2016.

Paese/Regione Tema Periodo Budget
Assistenza umanitaria & RRC
Formazione professionale

Protezione, accesso & sicurezza
Formazione professionale avanzata
Igieniche d'aqua
Politica del settore idrico
15.03.2017 - 31.12.2019
CHF  1’233’930
Contesto Protection and WASH operational concepts have been adopted on November 17th 2016 by the management of SDC/HA which outline the main action lines for each priority theme as well and lists activities and projects to be funded to achieve the proposed results.


WASH programming & implementation capacity and awareness about state-of-the-art sector approaches are strengthened for SDC/SHA’s global relief response. 


The increased integration of protection in SDC/HA’s strategies and programming and the enhanced internal capacity and of the partners contribute to foster the protection of vulnerable persons, to increase the number of persons reached by protection activities supported by SDC/HA, and to reduce the violence (including forced displacement) in the countries of intervention.

Gruppi target


Direct beneficiaries: the 88 active members of the SHA expert Group WASH as well as selected HA/SHA offices in the field.

Indirect beneficiaries: refugees, IDPs and local population assisted by HA/SHA and its partners in selected countries


Direct beneficiaries: SDC/HA staff at HQ and field offices; SHA seconded experts; SDC/HA implementing partners. 

Indirect beneficiaries: affected communities, vulnerable groups.

Effetti a medio termine


Increased sectoral capacity to respond to humanitarian crises; Increased capacity in the sanitation field for SDC-SHA programmes and offices; More coherent and efficient approach of the Swiss humanitarian WASH sector 


Protection aspects are integrated in SDC/HA’s strategies and programming; internal capacity and of relevant partners is built; practical applications of protection activities at field and policy level are enhanced.


Risultati principali attesi:  


Output 1: Selected WASH training events successfully organized for general humanitarian aid and SHA staff in HA/SHA focus countries.

Output 2: Access to sanitation online education enabled for the humanitarian aid context.

Output 3: SHA programs benefit from Sandec’s sanitation advisory support (on demand) on site.

Output 4: SHA programs benefit from Sandec’s sanitation desk based advisory support (on demand).

Output 5: Dissemination of the Arabic Compendium (in collaboration with CEWAS Middle East) sanitation/FSM planning approaches. 

Output 6: Adaptation of the existing Compendium for the humanitarian context


Output 1: Selected backstopping’s missions and protection assessments in support of CS’s processes, protection portfolios’ reviews, and mainstreaming endeavors.

Output 2: Support to the Inter-Agency Protection Standby Capacity Project (ProCap) to deploy senior personnel to strengthen the capacity of RC/HCs, UN Agencies, NGOs and the protection cluster in programming and mainstreaming; to train up to 100 mid-level protection staff from Standby Partners and UN Agencies.

Output 3: Support to operational research focused on generating and assessing innovations in the protection response in aid design and delivery.

Output 4: Organization of regional protection workshops in priority contexts addressed to SDC/HA staff, SHA experts, and implementing partners.

Direzione/Ufficio responsabile DSC
Credito Aiuto umanitario
Partner del progetto Partner contrattuale
Economia privata
Instituzione universitaria e di ricerca svizzera
Organizzazione delle Nazioni Unite (ONU)
  • Other Swiss academic and research institutions
  • Settore privato straniero Nord
  • Settore privato svizzero
  • Fondo delle Nazioni Unite per l’infanzia
  • Ufficio delle Nazioni Unite per il coordinamento degli affari umanitari

Coordinamento con altri progetti e attori


The EAWAG backstopping mandate will provide indirect support to the MENA water programs and other selected projects and contributes to the smooth implementation of the Operational Concept WASH adopted by the SDC/HA domain on November 17th 2016. 


The proposed project will contribute to the implementation of the SDC/HA Operational Concept Protection 2017-2020. The strategic-consulting and backstopping support to SDC/HA offices and geographical desks will support the integration of protection aspects in country strategies and in humanitarian and development programmes, while the development of expertise through workshops, trainings, and sectorial researches will consent to strengthen internal and partners’ operational capacity.

Budget Fase in corso Budget Svizzera CHF    1’233’930 Budget svizzero attualmente già speso CHF    1’216’184