Public consultation on international cooperation 2021–2024

A man instructs a woman to use a welding device.
Local job creation is one of the priorities of international cooperation 2021–2024. © Dominic Nahr

Swiss development cooperation is to become more focused, making it more effective. This is the proposed strategic approach for Switzerland’s international cooperation, submitted for optional public consultation by the Federal Department for Foreign Affairs (FDFA) and the Federal Department for Economic Affairs, Education and Research (EAER) on 2 May 2019.

Press conference 02.05.2019

  • Federal Councillor Ignazio Cassis,
  • State Secretary Marie-Gabrielle Ineichen-Fleisch, SECO Director
  • Ambassador Manuel Sager, Director General of the SDC

Based on the Federal Constitution and legislation, every four years the Federal Council and Parliament define the strategic approach of Switzerland's international cooperation (IC), which helps to alleviate hardship and poverty in the world. The following thematic focus has been defined for 2021–2024: local job creation, the fight against climate change and against the causes of irregular migration and forced displacement as well as the promotion of peace and the rule of law.

International cooperation takes Switzerland’s migration policy interests into account. The FDFA and the EAER wish to make international cooperation more effective by focusing on specific regions and issues, innovation and the use of digital technologies. This new approach will also give Switzerland greater flexibility in responding to crises and opportunities.

Financial parameters

As set out in the current financial planning, CHF 11.37 billion are envisaged over four years. Switzerland can undertake commitments up to this amount for the period 2021–24 in order to implement the objectives set. The relevant funding will be determined by Parliament during the annual budget debates. According to current forecasts, Switzerland’s official development assistance (ODA) will amount to 0.45% of gross national income with the expected payments. This is below the 0.5% target which was approved by Parliament in 2011 and has since been reaffirmed on several occasions.

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