International cooperation includes development cooperation with the South and the East, multilateral cooperation, humanitarian aid and the promotion of peace and human security.
Switzerland's international cooperation focuses on the following areas: conflict resolution, social development (basic education, vocational skills development and health), good governance, gender equality, development of the private sector, disaster prevention, respect for and promotion of human rights and fundamental freedoms, and conservation of natural resources. Switzerland is particularly active in fragile and conflict-affected countries.
As the Swiss government's centre of competence for international cooperation, the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) is responsible for the overall coordination of Switzerland's development cooperation with the South and East, multilateral cooperation and humanitarian aid. The SDC coordinates its work with other federal agencies which are engaged in international cooperation.