IC promotes peace and security and creates opportunities for local populations. In 2022, in the annual study on security carried out by the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich (ETHZ), 78% of participants interviewed indicated they were in favour of Switzerland stepping up mediation efforts or other means of supporting dialogue between the parties involved in conflict and 68% thought that Switzerland should increase its development aid.
As recognised in Switzerland's foreign economic policy, an open and heavily globalised economy is a key factor in Switzerland's prosperity as an export-oriented country. By contributing to income growth and favourable conditions for investment in developing countries, IC is enabling Swiss companies to access new markets in these countries and is having a positive effect on Switzerland's economic development indirectly.
The increase in the number of crises and the normative international framework being called into question have a direct impact on Switzerland's security and independence medium and long-term. Thanks to its international cooperation, multilateral commitment and good offices, Switzerland has created a climate of trust which opens doors for it. This means it can also effectively protect its independence and represent its interests when international rules are defined. In its capacity as a neutral country free of any alliance, it needs to find partners on the international stage.
Meeting global challenges
The current global challenges in fields such as the environment, migration, security and health are also having an impact in Switzerland (climate change, asylum, terrorism, pandemics etc.). Countries cannot face such challenges in isolation, but must join forces at international level. Their joint action is also contributing towards preserving the livelihoods of future generations in Switzerland.
Alternatives to irregular migration
Through its commitment in poor or crisis-affected countries, Switzerland is opening up economic, political and social prospects in migrants' countries or regions of origin. In this way, it is proposing medium and long-term alternatives to irregular migration.
International cooperation raises Switzerland's profile abroad and makes Geneva a more attractive location as the headquarters for international organisations. International Geneva's total contribution to Switzerland's GDP is estimated at 1%.
Economic impact for Switzerland
ODA also has a positive impact on the Swiss economy by stimulating demand, for example through the purchase of goods and services in Switzerland, additional activities undertaken by the private sector or NGOs, or by indirectly fostering the purchase of goods and services by multilateral organisations from Swiss companies.