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.

Documents

Current projects

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UNHCR: Contribution to Lebanon SGBV activities 2013 [PRO]

01.07.2013 - 30.06.2014

In response to the high prevalence of violence among Syrian displaced women and girls in Lebanon, which result in various psychosocial symptoms impacting especially women and their family members, the need for more focus and more comprehensive Sexual- and Gender-based Violence (SGBV) services, including shelter services, were identified. The United Nations Refugee Agency UNHCR has been addressing these issues and striving to cope with the continuous emerging protection needs of especially women and young people.


Project completed
Project completed

Strengthening Rule of Law in Malakand (SRLM)

01.06.2013 - 30.09.2015

The Malakand Division suffered through 3 years of extremist activities which had an adverse impact on its already weak legal system. A significant factor that led to the takeover of the region by armed groups was the weak justice system. The Strengthening Rule of Law in Malakand (SRLM) Programme aims to support the government in its efforts to stabilise the region by strengthening the legal institutions, with focus on formal and informal mechanisms.


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Sustainable Livelihoods and Social Development (SLSD)

15.05.2013 - 31.05.2016

The South-East of Afghanistan was particularly deprived of development efforts of the last ten years and before. The Liaison Office (TLO) rooted in this region is a capable and experienced Afghan partner to coordinate community based initiatives in close cooperation with formal and informal actors, women and men. Improved land and water management and resolved conflicts around these resources will contribute to reduce poverty, strengthen local governance, and human security.


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Contribution aux élections présidentielles et législatives

15.05.2013 - 31.12.2016

Avec les élections prévues pour juillet 2013 le Mali veut se donner des institutions représentatives et légitimes. C’est un autre pas important d’un retour à ordre constitutionnel pour faire sortir le pays de la crise, provoquée par le coup d’état et la longue occupation du nord du pays par des groupes armés. Or, le budget des élections d’USD 123 millions dépasse les capacités financières du Mali. La communauté internationale mobilise donc un soutien d’USD 73 millions à travers un fonds commun, pour lequel la Suisse contribue CHF 3 millions.


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Support to the Peace Process in Nepal (Nepal Peace Trust Fund) – Phase IV

01.05.2013 - 31.03.2018

Through the single funding channel of the NPTF, donors strengthen the role and capacity of the state in Nepal’s peace process. This enables suporting elements of this process that are either pivotal, such as the Constitutional Assembly, the national and local elections, the rehabilitation of ex-combatants and the establishment of transitional justice mechanisms or peripheral like reconstruction of police posts destroyed during the war, establishment of medical centres for disabled victims of the war, strengthening of local peace committees. All this support globally contributes to increasing security for the population.


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Contributions de programme aux ONG suisses

01.01.2013 - 31.12.2014

Die Realisierung der Rechte des Kindes auf Zugang zu relevanter, ganzheitlicher und qualitativ guter Bildung als Voraussetzung für eine gerechte weltweite Entwicklung ist das übergeordnete Ziel der Internationalen Programme der SKP. Bildung ist ein Recht und ein Mittel, um alle anderen Menschenrechte zu verwirklichen. Interkulturelles Verständnis und interkulturelle Kompetenzen sind Schlüsselfaktoren für eine gerechte, friedliche und nachhaltige Entwicklung.Kinder und Jugendliche als grösste Bevölkerungsgruppe sind der wichtigste Hebel für sozialen Wandel und Entwicklung.


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ICRC Emergency Appeals 2013: Second Allocation (Colombia)

01.01.2013 - 31.12.2013

In line with the Good Humanitarian Donorship (GHD) principles, Switzerland recognizes the necessity of predictable and flexible funding to respond to changing needs in humanitarian crises. SDC funding to ICRC operations allows the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) to respond proactively and to provide immediate protection and assistance for people affected by armed conflict and other situations of violence.


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First Allocation of SDC Funding to ICRC Operations in 2013 in Colombia and Haiti

01.01.2013 - 31.12.2013

In line with the Good Humanitarian Donorship (GHD) principles, Switzerland recognizes the necessity of predictable and flexible funding for responding to changing needs in humanitarian crises. SDC funding to ICRC operations allows the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) to respond proactively and to provide immediate protection and assistance for people affected by armed conflict and other situations of violence.


Project completed
Project completed

Community Security Initiative (CSI)

01.01.2013 - 31.03.2016

The OSCE Community Security Initiative (CSI) is the principal security response of the international community to the June 2010 inter-ethnic violence in southern Kyrgyzstan. The CSI project support dialogue between the police and communities and between communities themselves. An assessment made in 2012 shows that the project has contributed to decreasing tensions in the region, as the presence of the CSI Police Consultants encouraged the police and the communities to engage in a dialogue.


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Media Diversity Institute: Study Tour to Switzerland

01.01.2013 - 31.12.2016

The overall objective of the ongoing project “Promoting Freedom of Expression, Diversity and Inclusion in Morocco” is to contribute to ensuring that Moroccan media policies, legislation and practices enable and encourage diversity of voices and opinion, as well as to reflect diversity of Moroccan society and allow freedom of expression for everyone. This SG complements the ongoing MDI project and allows an increased technical exchange and learning effect (Swissness).

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