Switzerland to step up its commitment to Ukraine

Municipal employees receive residents for consultation in an office.
Switzerland will further pursue and strengthen Swiss support for the private sector. (A small farm company in the Ukrainian Carpathians.)

Peace promotion, humanitarian aid and sustainable urban planning are new components of Switzerland's strategy on cooperation with Ukraine for the period from 2015 to 2018.  In addition Switzerland plans to build on tried and tested elements of its support in the areas of healthcare, decentralisation, energy efficiency and the private sector.

Switzerland's new strategy on cooperation with Ukraine for 2015–2018 continues its engagement in the country to date and at the same time expands its field of activity.  The new dimensions respond to two central developments: the change in the situation as a result of the armed conflict in the country and the government's efforts to carry out reforms.

The activities planned in each of Switzerland's four areas of activity thus respond to the conflict and its consequences. They will be carried out, as before, by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) of the FDFA and the State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO) of the Federal Department of Economic Affairs, Education and Research (EAER). In addition, the Human Security Division (HSD) of the FDFA and Swiss Humanitarian Aid, part of the SDC, will now participate in implementing the strategy:

  • Governance and peacebuilding
    A peacebuilding dimension will now be added to Switzerland's support for local governance and decentralisation.

  • Health promotion
    The SDC, which has been active for more than 10 years in the field of maternal and child health, will now extend its activities to include promoting primary healthcare and preventing non-communicable diseases, in particular in communities affected by the conflict.

     

  • Energy and sustainable urban development 
    The State Secretariat for Economic Affairs' engagement in the field of energy efficiency will now include promoting sustainable urban planning.

     

  • Sustainable economic development
    The strategy will further pursue and strengthen Swiss support for the private sector, in particular by helping to create a better environment for business and finance and by promoting small and medium-sized enterprises.

Switzerland's activities in Ukraine

Two new Swiss actors

New Swiss actors will be involved in developing and implementing the new cooperation strategy programme:  In addition the SDC and SECO, which have been active in Ukraine for more than 15 years, the Human Security Division (HSD) and Swiss Humanitarian Aid will supplement Switzerland's activities in Ukraine. 

The HSD will focus primarily on the conflict situation in the east of the country to continue the efforts Switzerland undertook during its chairmanship of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE). In addition to various bilateral projects Switzerland plans to step up its participation in the OSCE's monitoring.  It will aim to improve relations between the conflicting parties, promote respect for human rights and international humanitarian law, and strengthen the key political processes needed to resolve the conflict 

Swiss Humanitarian Aid is responding to the humanitarian situation and has given funding to the activities of organisations such as the ICRC, the World Food Programme (WFP) and the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). 

The Swiss cooperation office in Kyiv will also be provided with additional staff and its budget will be substantially increased from CHF 57 million for the 2011–2014 period to almost CHF 100 million for 2015–2018. SECO remains the largest contributor to Switzerland's cooperation programme in Ukraine.

Support for the most vulnerable groups

Switzerland's involvement will be neutral and impartial and will be strengthened in those regions directly affected by the conflict and/or those with a large number of displaced persons. It will aim to support the development of the country, including the poor, the most disadvantaged and minority groups.

Difficult context

Switzerland's new strategy on cooperation with Ukraine for 2015–2018 has been developed in the context of the current turbulent socio-political and geostrategic context. The annexation of Crimea in violation of international law in spring 2014 and the outbreak of armed conflict in the Donbass region are two factors behind the internal and international tensions. Large numbers of people have been forced to find refuge in other parts of the country. Ukrainian society has polarised and poverty is increasing. 

This is all taking place against the backdrop of a major economic crisis involving a dramatic fall-off in industrial production and the devaluation of the national currency, which has lost half its value in one year.  These are just two indicators of the extent of the economic collapse under way.

Urgent reform needed

The armed conflict and its economic consequences, which the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and other agencies have provided massive financial support to overcome, have made clear the urgent need for the country to restore its finances and carry out radical and rapid structural reforms. 

Under pressure from western creditors and the domestic reformist movement the Kyiv government has undertaken first steps to reorganise the power structure, the economy and the workings of the state. 

Building a new system

This situation has presented Ukraine with an enormous challenge but also an opportunity to make major decisions on the direction of a new, more modern and efficient system, one based on the principles of the rule of law and market economics, democracy and transparency that will put an end to corruption which is one of the main problems of contemporary Ukrainian society. For the lenders, this necessary reorientation offers an opportunity to contribute to the development of the country through supporting its strategic priorities. 

 

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Supporting the Medical Education Development in Ukraine (MED)

01.07.2023 - 30.06.2027

Ukrainian population faces major health needs due to the war and the disruptions caused by the Covid-19 pandemic. A total collapse of the healthcare systems could be avoided thanks to the commitment of the Ministry of Health and the flexible long-term support to sectoral reforms of donors such as SDC. The Medical Education project aims to further strengthen the resilience of the medical education system in a context of acute scarcity and unprecedented migration of health professionals. 


Assistance on Nuclear Safety and Security by supporting the International Atomic Energy Agency’s Expert Missions to Ukraine

01.07.2023 - 30.09.2024

Since Russia’s military aggression against Ukraine in February 2022, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA’s) Response and Assistance Network (RANET) has provided technical assistance to Ukraine. In January 2023, the IAEA addressed to its Member States, including Switzerland, crucial extra budgetary funding needs amounting to Euro 11.8 Mio for the year 2023. This funding supports the IAEA Experts Missions to Ukraine to ensure nuclear safety and security; mitigates humanitarian protection of human live and health, disaster resilience and environmental protection.


SRC: Emergency assistance to IDP - Winterization

01.08.2022 - 31.08.2024

In expectation of the winter in Ukraine, the Swiss Red Cross in collaboration with the Ukrainian Red Cross Society improve living conditions in collective centers and host community facilities, and provide durable accommodation solutions for Internal Displaced Persons through winterization measures in Ternopil and Ivano Frankivsk Oblast. 


Partnership Fund for a Resilient Ukraine

01.02.2022 - 31.03.2024

With a contribution to the Partnership Fund for a Resilient Ukraine (PFRU), Switzerland aims at strengthening communities and at enhancing government legitimacy in Eastern Ukraine through improved services, economic recovery and empowered civil society. The PFRU is an innovative multi-donor financing tool which focuses on supporting the implementation of reforms in the conflict-affected areas of the country through an integrated approach (humanitarian-development-peace nexus). The PFRU unites five development partners (UK, US, Canada, Sweden, Switzerland) and it is co-owned by the Government of Ukraine.


Support to Ukraine Reform Conference 2022

16.10.2021 - 31.12.2024

Switzerland will co-host the 5th Ukraine Reform Conference in Lugano (4-5 July 2022). In addition to events held outside Ukraine, Switzerland will support an inclusive and multi-stakeholder in-country preparatory process to generate broader support for reforms and to present concrete commitments at the conference itself. For this purpose, it will organize a series of activities in Ukraine including civil society, the private sector, local authorities, academia and government institutions.


Ukraine’s Cohesion and Regional Development (UCORD)

01.06.2021 - 30.11.2026

Ukraine’s recovery, cohesion and regional development need an effective implementation structure, which should be coordinated by the Regional Development Agencies (RDAs). Switzerland will empower RDAs and will help them to transform into inclusive multi-stakeholder platforms that coordinate the design of regional strategies and co-implement with communities and businesses the public services provision projects with a focus on environment and culture.


Sustaining Health Sector Reform in Ukraine

10.05.2021 - 30.04.2025

Health outcomes in Ukraine can only be improved if the healthcare reform is implemented on all levels. Reform efforts need to be reliably accompanied and continuously sustained and supported by development partners through successes as well as set-backs. Through this targeted project, Switzerland will help to optimize the World Bank (WB) and World Health Organization (WHO) reform blueprints to the Ukrainian context and challenges and contribute to a comprehensive system building of the health sector. 


Decentralization for Improved Democratic Education (DECIDE)

01.01.2020 - 31.01.2025

Decentralisation and education reforms are key components to the ongoing national reforms that need to be pursued in a coordinated manner. Capitalizing on experience in decentralisation reform and in citizenship education, Switzerland will support the development of efficient, transparent and participatory education governance in rural areas of Ukraine, where it will aim at fostering trust between local authorities and citizens through improved education service and greater civic engagement of youth.


Improving transparency and reducing corruption through e-governance in Ukraine

EGAP

01.07.2019 - 30.04.2024

The people of Ukraine are regularly confronted with the problems of corruption and difficulties in accessing information. With the 'E-Governance for Accountability and Participation' (EGAP) programme, the SDC is working to improve this situation and help strengthen citizens' trust in Ukraine's public administration.



Mental Health for All

01.04.2018 - 29.02.2024

In Ukraine, socio-economic factors, the protracted conflict, coupled with an oudated mental health care system result in a high prevalence and poor treatment of mental health disorders. This project supports the implementation of reforms in the mental healthcare sector by improving framework conditions, piloting integrated, communiry-based models of care and providing psychosocial support to communities affected by the ongoing conflict. 


City Resilience Program, Phase II

01.12.2022 - 31.12.2027

The City Resilience Program scales up the resilience of cities against adverse impacts of disasters and climate change. It does so by supporting risk-informed und multisector planning efforts, identify suitable interventions and investments that enhance the resilience of cities, and supports their bankability and access multiple financing sources.

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Last update 05.10.2022

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