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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Swiss Programme for Research on Global Issues for Development - Research Module on Employment

01.09.2012 - 31.12.2023

SDC and the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) are offering a new long-term funding scheme for development-relevant research on global issues (www.r4d.ch). The main focus lies on the generation of new insights and solutions as well as on the application of research results into policy and practice through partnership projects between researchers from Switzerland and from developing countries. The overall r4d.ch program consists of five thematic modules and a module for thematically open research. The second module focuses on employment in the context of sustainable development.

Project completed

Projet d'Appui aux Elections Législatives et Municipales du Burkina Faso 2012

01.09.2012 - 31.05.2013

Le 2 décembre 2012, les citoyens et citoyennes burkinabè élisent leurs représentants aux niveaux municipal et national. A la demande de l’Etat burkinabè, divers Etats soutiennent l’organisation de ces élections significatives en termes de démocratisation. Participant au panier commun géré par le Programme des Nations unies pour le développement (PNUD), la Suisse appuie la Commission électorale nationale indépendante (CENI). Ce projet poursuit les objectifs du Message sur la coopération internationale 2013-16.

Project completed

Prevention of Domestic Violence in Tajikistan

Five actors miming a scene from everyday life.

01.09.2012 - 30.09.2016

Domestic violence is commonplace in Tajikistan's predominantly rural society. Women pay a heavy price for the culture of impunity that surrounds the acts of violence perpetrated against them. The SDC is actively involved in efforts to change ways of thinking in that regard, and supports a wide range of structures that help the victims.

Country/region Topic Period Budget
Human rights
Conflict & fragility
Conflict prevention and transformation
Human rights (incl. Women's rights)
Psycho-social support (till 2016)
Legal and judicial development

01.09.2012 - 30.09.2016

CHF  4’080’000

Project completed

Citzens Actions for Peace & Development (CAPD)

01.08.2012 - 31.10.2015

There is a need to contribute to the stabilization of the region through conflict-resolution processes, capacitating public institutions to deliver better services and strengthening civil society organizations (CSOs) to advocate for reforms. The CAPD will work with communities to make them aware of their rights and responsibilities as citizens and enhance their dialogue with authorities to improve State performance. It will also focus on conflict-resolution mechanisms and engage communities and traditional governance structures to work towards non-violent conflict resolution.

Project completed

Integrated Mine Action Intervention in Support of High Risk Communities in Northern Sri Lanka

01.08.2012 - 31.01.2013

Since the end of the conflict in northern Sri Lanka early 2009 huge efforts have been made to clean areas from explosive remnants of war in order to release the land for the safe return of the IPD’s. In 2012, still 118 km² are contaminated with mines and UXO’s. The FSD program contributes to the safe resettlement of IDP’s in their respective villages and agricultural land in order to rebuild their livelihood.

Project completed

Afghanistan NGO Safety Office (ANSO)

01.07.2012 - 31.12.2015

The need for ANSO is centered on the fact that there is no alternative (and appropriate) security coordination mechanism available to NGOs in Afghanistan which are in need of support with regard to security management and exchange of security information in order to continue their operations in an ever more complex and dangerous context in Afghanistan

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Project completed
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The Carter Center: International Election Assessment for Presidential Elections and Constitutional Referendum 2012

01.05.2012 - 31.12.2012

The Carter Center (TCC) will carry out analytical work on the electoral process during the presidential elections in Egypt from May to June 2012 and during the constitutional referendum, planned for autumn 2012. TCC is accredited to witness the elections process although some limitations have been made to their ability to report during the proceedings. As TCC enjoys both the confidence of the transitional authorities and a broad acceptance in the Middle East, this provides an opportunity for a firsthand insight into the electoral process as well as a building block for future interventions of both SDC and DHS (former PD IV) in the field of democratization in Egypt. There is a consensus among donors to support the initiative and hence to address the issue with a coordinated approach. The project will cover: 1. The deployment of international election experts/observers to Egypt; 2. A qualitative and quantitative data collection on key aspects of the electoral processes including reports; 3. Recommendation to improve future electoral processes.

Project completed
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