The humanitarian aid operations of the SDC are an expression of Switzerland's solidarity towards population groups in distress. The Humanitarian Aid of SDC focuses on emergency aid, the reconstruction and rehabilitation of disaster-stricken areas, and disaster risk reduction. It places the victims at the centre of its engagement in a spirit of neutrality, independence and impartiality.
SDC Humanitarian Aid can take various courses of action in a humanitarian emergency: deploy the Swiss Humanitarian Aid Unit, provide funding to partner organisations, deliver relief supplies and advocate with key actors.
Combining emergency relief with medium to long-term programmes makes the SDC's humanitarian operations on the ground more sustainable. For the 2021–24 period, over CHF 2 billion has been earmarked for humanitarian operations to assist the most vulnerable.