Annual report 2019Enlarged EU: Reducing disparities
All projects under the enlargement contribution must be implemented within 10 years. The 10 countries that joined the EU in 2004 successfully completed their projects in 2017. All projects in Romania and Bulgaria were completed by the end of 2019. In Croatia, which joined the EU in 2013, the projects will continue until 2024.
All results of the enlargement contribution for Romania
All results of the enlargement contribution for Bulgaria
All results of the enlargement contribution for Croatia
Life projects for victims of sexual violence
'Healing workshops' offer victims an opportunity to regain their mental health over time and build positive social relationships. Set up within the communities, they provide spaces for communication between people who have been through the same ordeals and have similar needs.
"The workshop brought back memories of the rape. But talking to others made me realise I wasn't the only victim. Taking part in these workshops by the Women's Network for Rights and Peace was an important step for me in the healing process."
Testimonial of a survivor from South Kivu in the Democratic Republic of the Congo
Website SDC: The Great Lakes Region
Website SDC: Gender equality
Promoting gender equality
In this regard, Switzerland participated in an analysis of the situation in the South Caucasus seeking to understand wage disparities between men and women.
With Swiss support, Georgia set up a workplace protection system for pregnant women and breastfeeding mothers. Employers are now required to adapt the working environment of such women and avoid exposing them to certain risks.
Switzerland has also supported women's entrepreneurship and leadership in rural communities. In particular, the Women's Economic Empowerment in the South Caucasus (WEESC) project aims to engage some 1,200 women in employment to enable them to increase their contribution to household income.
In several municipalities in Georgia and Armenia, Switzerland supports women's participation in decision-making processes. Their involvement in public management has made it possible to raise some issues that were not previously addressed, such as access to drinking water or the quality of the road infrastructure, which is essential for better access to markets.
Affordable public transport for all
The cable car generates new social and economic activities. The local authorities have refurbished the public spaces around the four station buildings with new squares, community centres, playgrounds and an abundance of street art. These developments boost the local economy and create new jobs. Many new businesses such as bakeries, souvenir shops, restaurants and even a hotel have sprung up alongside the stations.
Website SECO: Colombia
Ending gender stereotypes
The project addresses gender stereotyping with ex-offenders convicted of domestic and other forms of violence. The aim is for them to change their gender stereotypes and adopt a more respectful attitude towards women and minorities.
The workshops with ex-offenders are led by psychologists and sociologists who, through various interactive techniques, encourage them to reflect on stereotypes of masculinity.
Getting them involved in household chores is one of the methods used. Every day, the participants prepare and serve food in soup kitchens for the poorest people in the neighbourhood.
"In these workshops, we deal with different types of violence but we also talk about how to be a good father."
Y. Rodríguez, project coordinator
Switzerland in international comparison ODA 2019
In terms of financial volume, the largest donors are the United States, Germany, the United Kingdom, Japan and France. Switzerland take the 11th place in absolute numbers.
Composition and evolution of Swiss ODA from 2004 to 2019
The target set by the Parliament of an ODA/GNI rate of 0.5% has been reached by 2015 thanks to the growth of the means granted to international cooperation. From 2017, however, ODA has been declining as a result of reduced asylum costs and savings measures affecting international cooperation credits. The current ODA/GNI rate has fallen to 0.44%.
Composition and evolution of multilateral ODA of Switzerland from 2004 to 2019
During the last fitfeen years, Switzerland's share of multilateral ODA remained relatively stable, between 20% and 25% of total ODA.
Contributions to international non-governmental organisations, including the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), are considered bilateral ODA and therefore do not appear in this table.
Europe, North Africa and the Middle East
In North Africa, projects focus on democratic transition and human rights, sustainable and inclusive economic development and employment, and migration and protection.
In the Middle East, SDC is working to provide protection and basic services for refugees and others in need, and to ensure sustainable water management.
The focus of development cooperation is on the access of poor people to basic social services (health, education), infrastructure (water), employment and income, and sustainable growth.
Many regions of sub-Saharan Africa are experiencing chronic crisis, with affected populations relying on humanitarian assistance on a recurring and / or prolonged basis. In those regions, humanitarian interventions take place in coordinated actions with other partners of the international cooperation.
Switzerland's international cooperation in East and South Asia focuses on countries and regions with persistently high multidimensional poverty rates, for example in terms of income, lack of security, limited access to services, chronic malnutrition, vulnerability to ecological and economic shocks, and social and ethnic discrimination of large population groups.
In Peru, SECO’s main areas of support are the development of economic institutions, private sector competitiveness and access to basic public services. In Columbia, where certain areas continue to be heavily impacted by the presence of organized armed groups and organized crime. SECO is working to create better economic prospects, thereby also contributing to lasting peace.
SDC Cooperation with Eastern Europe
SECO Development and economic cooperation by objective
SDC Development Cooperation
With a view to ensuring sustainable development, the principles of gender mainstreaming and good governance are a common thread running through all its work.
Distribution and evolution of SDC expenditures
Since 2016 onwards, the international cooperation credits have been deeply impacted by budgets cuts decided by the Federal Council and approved by the Parliament (stabilisation programs and debt brake).
Distribution and evolution of SECO expenditures
Since 2016, the resources have gradually decreased as a result of the Confederation's economic measures which particularly affected the credits of international cooperation.
Bilateral expenditures by region
SECO is more active in middle-income countries. Transition assistance in Eastern countries accounts for more than a third of 2019 expenditure. South and East Asia, sub-Saharan Africa and Latin America are, in almost equal parts, the other main recipient regions.
Creating jobs through entrepreneurship
Claudia and her mentor Amparo developed a growth strategy for Rextie. "I was so impressed by Claudia's dedication, perseverance and determination that I decided to invest USD 50,000 of my own funds in her business", says Amparo.
Website: Women Entrepreneurs Week 2019