Democratic Governance and Civil Society

Swiss PRO project
Swiss PRO project ©SDC

What is the goal?

Citizens and civil society actively participate in inclusive democratic processes and institutions are accountable and effective.

What shall be achieved?

Responsive and accountable institutions: Transparent and accountable local and national institutions meaningfully involve citizens in decision and policy-making and increase awareness and capacities regarding environmental protection and climate change.

Enhanced local services for all: Local authorities and CSOs provide effective and sustainable services, leaving no one behind.

Civil society and oversight actors perform their democratic role: Informed citizens and strengthened civil society participate in decision-making and oversee government’s work.

Resources: CHF 29 million

A young woman places a folded ballot paper in the ballot box.
The objectives of the SDC include supporting fair and transparent elections, for example in Tunisia. © SDC

The objective of governance is to create an environment that strengthens rule of law and human rights, gender equality, appropriate distribution of power and macro-economic stability. Governance is a strategic objective of SDC development cooperation.

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