Every four years, the strategic focus of Switzerland's international cooperation is renewed and set out in a dispatch which the Federal Council submits to Parliament for approval.
At the end of the four-year dispatch period, the SDC publishes a report summarising the results and challenges for Switzerland's international cooperation during that period. This report covers the work of the SDC, SECO and the peacebuilding interventions of the Human Security Division (HSD) since the start of the period 2017–20.
Among other things, these reports account for the use made of Switzerland's five framework credits for international cooperation.
In 2018, Parliament also called on the Federal Council to submit a mid-term report for the current dispatch period.
In February 2020, the Federal Council submitted the final report on the implementation of the dispatch on international cooperation 2017-20 to Parliament.
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The report ‚The SDC Contribution‘ aims to inform about the results of our work and the challenges we faced in realising the goals adopted by the Parliament in the framework of the Dispatch on Switzerland’s International Cooperation 2013 – 2016. It illustrates results with concrete examples which contribute to worldwide poverty reduction.
For the first time, the SDC is publishing the results of its activities over a five-year period. This new general activity report illustrates eight thematic areas of SDC activity by presenting sample projects, the funds earmarked, and the contribution thus made to worldwide poverty reduction and the reform of structures.
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