Development and humanitarian aid – a spirit of active cooperation

Doctor examines a sick child
Doctor examines a sick child © FDFA, Presence Switzerland

Switzerland and the EU are committed to fighting poverty in the world and promoting stability and prosperity in fragile contexts. They cooperate at the political, technical and operational levels to enhance the impact of their respective development and humanitarian policies.

The cooperation between Switzerland and the EU

Since 2012, the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), the Directorate-General for International Cooperation and Development (DEVCO) and the Directorate-General for Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid and Operations (ECHO) have held regular political and thematical dialogues. These discussions embrace fundamental issues, such as the link between migration, safety and development, as well as the promotion of democracy and governance. At the same time, they also cover transversal issues such as gender and the implementation of the 2030 Agenda’s sustainable development goals.

At operational level, Switzerland and the EU cooperate in the field of joint programing, for example in Cambodia. Switzerland also participates every year in the DEVCO’s European Development Days. In 2017, Switzerland and the EU signed an administrative agreement in the field of humanitarian aid and the protection of civil society aimed at reinforcing their cooperation in Switzerland as well as abroad. Thus, Switzerland recently coordinated with the Emergency Response Coordination Centre (ERCC) to participate in efforts to repatriate Swiss and European citizens stranded abroad as a result of the COVID-19 crisis.Switzerland also contributes to the EU’s trust fund for Africa to address the root causes of migration and to better protect migrants on the African continent.

The Official Development Assistance in numbers

Further information can be found on the website Statistics – facts and figures of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC).