Secondment Fund Sudan 2016-17

Project completed

Despite years of assistance, the humanitarian needs remain acute in several fragile regions of Sudan. This is due to continued armed conflict, lack of human security – especially that of children –, poor food security and livelihoods, and very rudimentary basic services. This consequently leads to ever increasing internal displacement and multiple emergencies. The deployment of Swiss experts (secondees) to multilateral organizations strengthens the effectiveness and the efficiency of the humanitarian response, and bolsters measures for early recovery and better resilience.

Country/region Topic Period Budget
Humanitarian Assistance & DRR
Material relief assistance
Reconstruction and rehabilitation (till 2016)
Emergency food assistance
Drinking water and basic sanitation (WASH) (til 2016)
01.01.2016 - 31.07.2019
CHF 800'000

Humanitarian needs in Sudan remain acute, with 5.4 million people – 60 percent of whom children – considered to be in need of humanitarian assistance at the end of 2015. 3.1 million people remain internally displaced, and the country hosts 375'000 refugees. The most severely affected areas are Darfur, Blue Nile and South Kordofan.


Primary objective is to save lives, enhance protection, and ensure access to basic services for the most vulnerable women, children and men in particularly fragile areas of the Sudan. In light of the protracted crisis and the need to enhance the transition from relief to rehabilitation and development, SDC's particular focus in Sudan is to build the resilience of the poorest and strengthen their livelihoods, thus facilitating their timely recovery from crisis situations.

Target groups

Direct: Key (multilateral) humanitarian agencies

Indirect: The most vulnerable women, children and men in particularly fragile areas of Sudan

Medium-term outcomes

Enhancement of response capacity, effectiveness and efficiency of Swiss supported multilateral partner organisations and coordination mechanisms in the Sudan. Enhancement of Swiss visibility within multilateral organizations, and optimized implementation and mainstreaming of Swiss priority themes.


Expected results:  

2-4 secondment deployments a year to multilateral implementing partners:

  • More effective/efficient response capacity
  • Reinforcement of agencies' expertise in priority areas
  • Embedding of Swiss priority themes / approaches, incl. Linking Relief with Rehabilitation and Development (LRRD) and Child Protection

Results from previous phases:  

Individual secondment deployments during recent years have been assigned to UN agencies for operational and strategic support in the fields of Food Security (WFP for Field Level Agreements Unit, C&V, and Logistics); Basic Services (UNICEF for Logistics and WASH); and Protection / Coordination (OCHA for Strategic Coordination, WFP for Protection Advocacy).

Directorate/federal office responsible SDC
Credit area Humanitarian aid
Project partners Contract partner
United Nations Organization (UNO)
  • Schweizerisches Arbeiterhilfswerk
  • United Nations Development Programme

Coordination with other projects and actors

Joint plans and programmes for Humanitarian Response, Early Recovery and Resilience including Basic Livelihoods: i.e. HRP, Pooled Funds and Livelihood programmes.

Budget Current phase Swiss budget CHF   800'000 Swiss disbursement to date CHF   573'700
Project phases

Phase 1 01.01.2016 - 31.07.2019   (Completed)