Poverty reduction through conflict and disaster prevention

Two children on a cotton transport truck
Cotton production is an important sector of Kyrgyzstan’s economy and one of its key value chains. © SDC

Conflict, violence and human rights violations: these are among the main challenges to combating poverty and fragility in the wider sense. The fragility of a state is characterised by the government’s inability to ensure the security of the population and provide basic public services, alongside its failure to establish mutually constructive relations with the country’s citizens.

More than 40 countries around the globe, home to some 1.5 billion people, are affected by fragile situations or exposed to violence or conflict. By 2030, more than 80% of the world’s poorest could be living in fragile contexts unless more concerted action is taken now.

Fragility poses a major threat to the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Addressing fragility will require greater acceptance of all its nuances by tailoring differentiated approaches to specific contexts and working across the full spectrum of issues, some of which are inherently difficult and sensitive.

Engagement in fragile contexts

Switzerland is stepping up its efforts to prevent and manage the consequences of crises, disasters and fragility. It intends to allocate 50% of its bilateral aid to conflict-affected or fragile contexts.

The SDC’s action in fragile contexts

Switzerland is committed to promoting peaceful, just and inclusive societies. It works directly to ensure that no one is left behind.

Characteristics of fragile contexts

Fragile states and regions are characterised by weak institutions, high rates of poverty, violence, corruption and general arbitrariness. Fragility manifests itself in both development and transition contexts as well as humanitarian crises.

Promoting peaceful and inclusive societies

Focus on SDG 16+ to promote peaceful, equitable and inclusive societies for a sustainable development and to combat conflict.

Preventing conflict and all forms of violence

In preventing violent conflict, the aim is to stop previous conflicts from flaring up again and new conflicts from forming. The task is not simply to prevent crises but also to address the root causes.


Current projects

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Switzerland brings to North Africa its internationally recognised expertise in security sector reform

01.11.2011 - 31.12.2016

The uprisings in North Africa at the beginning of 2011 were directed to a considerable extent against the security forces on which the dictatorial regimes of Egypt, Libya and Tunisia have relied for decades. There is an urgent need for reorientation of the armed forces of the state – army, police and security services – to ensure a successful democratic transition. Thanks to the Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of the Armed Forces (DCAF) Switzerland is able to offer internationally recognised expertise in this area. Partner countries receive on request rapid, tailor-made support in carrying out security sector reform. Despite a number of similarities the challenges in Tunisia, Morocco, Libya and Egypt are quite different.

Country/region Topic Period Budget
Conflict & fragility
Employment & economic development
Conflict prevention and transformation
Security system management and reform
Financial policy
Legal and judicial development

01.11.2011 - 31.12.2016

CHF  3’307’792

Project completed
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iMoMo: Water Diplomacy and Governance in Key Transboundary Hot Spots, Low Cost High-Tech Solutions for Better Water Resources Management

01.10.2011 - 31.12.2013

Poor access to data and information, leading to inadequate monitoring and decision-making is a major water resources management issue worldwide. The objective of this project’s first phase is to develop a low-cost, mobile phone-based communication technology system to improve water management at community and sub-basin level and to test its readiness for implementation in a subsequent phase from technical, financial, social and institutional standpoints. This will be done through the deployment of fixed sensing stations, the development of a basic hydro-climatological model and the development of the socially and culturally acceptable motivation game to incentivize people’s participation and awareness.

Project completed
Project completed
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Promotion of Citizenship Education

01.09.2011 - 31.12.2014

Creation of a society based on democratic values starts with youngsters. They are the citizens of tomorrow and can easily absorb new concepts and values. Education system plays an important role in transmitting the values of citizenship and their benefits to the society. The project aims guaranteeing the quality of citizenship education in schools.

Project completed
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Swiss Regional Police Cooperation Programme in the Western Balkans

01.08.2011 - 30.06.2017

Switzerland has an interest in a politically and economically stable development of the Western Balkans. The programme addresses the fighting against organised crime as a key issue under a regional approach – consulted with Federal Partners and in coherance with Swiss policies in the sector of security and police.

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