Switzerland has been supporting the political, social and economic transition of North Macedonia since 1992. The Swiss Cooperation Programme 2021–2024 demonstrates Switzerland’s commitment to continue this support. The programme is closely aligned with North Macedonia’s reform processes to continue the Euro-Atlantic integration and its efforts to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.
The identified thematic priority areas for joint cooperation are:
- Democratic Governance
- Sustainable Economic Development
- Environment and Sustainable Public Utility Services
The Swiss Cooperation Programme will further support core themes such as gender equality, social inclusion and digitalization. The programme was prepared in close coordination with partners in North Macedonia.
The main implementation modalities are contributions to government and multi-donor programmes and mandates to Macedonian, Swiss and international civil society organizations, consultancies and private sector entities. Particular efforts will be made to leverage private sector engagement and funding.
All interventions aim at the same final goal: contributing to improve the lives and prospects of all people living in North Macedonia.
Switzerland ranks among North Macedonia’s largest bilateral cooperation partners. The planned budget for the period 2021 to 2024 amounts to 65 million Swiss francs.