SDC-EU Dialogue Program 2013 - 2016

Projet terminé

The program is set up to promote more systematically complementarities and synergies with certain EU External Action policies. It seeks to establish a continuous dialogue with relevant European Commission institutions, based on a flow of relevant knowledge on development policy matters, with the aims of increasing Switzerland’s visibility at the EU level as a reliable donor and further increasing the effectiveness of Swiss international cooperation. To achieve its goals, SDC closely collaborates with a Brussels-based Think-and-Do-Tank, the European Centre for Development Policy Management (ECDPM).

Pays/région Thème Période Budget
Burkina Faso

Secteur non spécifié
01.10.2013 - 31.07.2017
CHF  1’400’000

As the largest donor worldwide, the EU and its member states play a pivotal role in international development cooperation. The Dispatch 2013-2016 mentions knowledge management and scaling-up of successful experiences as important strategies for Swiss development aid. This program addresses fundamental issues discussed at the international level on the future role of international development cooperation, its instruments, and the international aid architecture. It, thus, contributes to the same discussion within Switzerland and to a process of gradual adjustment of Swiss international cooperation to a changing global environment.



  • To further increase the effectiveness of Swiss development cooperation through enhanced complementarities and synergies with certain EU policies;
  • To improve the perception at EU level of Switzerland’s contribution to international efforts as a development partner.

    Groupes cibles


  • At the international level, relevant Directorates-General of the European Commission as well as other development policy stakeholders located in Brussels;
  • At the domestic level, SDC Directorate and units of all SDC domains as well as other federal offices and external Swiss stakeholders interested in foreign policy issues.

    Effets à moyen terme


  • To enrich and consolidate policy development and its implementation at the level of Swiss development cooperation and Swiss foreign relations as a whole.
  • To contribute to policy development debates of EU institutions engaging in international development cooperation.


    Principaux résultats antérieurs:  

    Phase 1 allowed to launch a multi-annual dialogue with the Directorates-General Development and Cooperation-EuropeAid and Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection on a number of issues, including at the level of Commissioners. In 2011-13, ECDPM proved to be very efficient in delivering services requested, and became an indispensable resource for SDC units in a number of activities.

    Direction/office fédéral responsable DDC
    Crédit Coopération au développement
    Partenaire de projet Partenaire contractuel
    Autre organisation internationale
    • Centre européen de gestion de politiques de développement
    • The European Centre for Development Policy Management (ECDPM) located in Maastricht and Brussels supports SDC as a facilitator and backstopper for policy advice and implementation.

    Budget Phase en cours Budget de la Suisse CHF    1’400’000 Budget suisse déjà attribué CHF    1’238’830
    Phases du projet Phase 3 01.10.2017 - 31.12.2021   (Completed)

    Phase 2 01.10.2013 - 31.07.2017   (Completed)