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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AfDB - SDC Partnership on enhancing the Bank’s fragility and conflict sensitivity

01.01.2015 - 31.12.2022

Based on its Ten-year Strategy, the Bank will strengthen its engagement in fragile and conflict affected coun­tries/situations which is also a priority in Switzerland’s development bill 2013-16. This partnership will assist the Bank in building the necessary capacities and instruments to translate fragility concepts and approaches into more effective operations on the ground.  Other outcomes will be a new diagnostic tool “Country Resil­ience and Fragility Assessment (CRFA)” and strengthened capacities in the Bank and in 30 African countries.


Project completed

LEB, TdH, Protection of the Most Vulnerable Children Affected by the Syria crisis in South Lebanon

01.01.2015 - 31.12.2017

Since 2011 almost 1.2 million Syrians crossed into Lebanon seeking safety and shelter. Especially children struggle with many challenges during displacement including family separation, exposure to physical and/or psychological violence, abuse, child labour and exploitation, early marriage, and recruitment by armed groups. Through this project, Terre des hommes builds and expands on its regular interventions in South Lebanon by including Syrian refugee children and strengthening capacities of local child protection actors.


Project completed

Stiftung Kinderdorf Pestalozzi Programmbeitrag Süd 2015 - 2016

01.01.2015 - 31.12.2016

Die Realisierung der Rechte des Kindes auf Zugang zu relevanter, ganzheitlicher und qualitativ guter Bildung und die Förderung von interkulturellen Kompetenzen sind Voraussetzung für eine gerechte, friedliche und nachhaltige Entwicklung. Dies sind die übergeordneten Ziele der internationalen Programme der Stiftung Kinderdorf Pestalozzi. Bildung ist ein Recht und zugleich ein Mittel, um alle anderen Menschenrechte zu verwirklichen.


Project completed
Project completed

Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics (PCBS) Core Funding 2015-2017

01.01.2015 - 31.12.2017

As part of its recognition of the importance of reliable statistics for transparency and accountability, SDC is supporting through a core contribution the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics (PCBS) to produce timely reliable statistic of good quality. Such data are necessary to enable the Palestinian Authority (PA), the civil society, legislative council, private sector and academics and also international actors  in particular the UN agencies, to plan and monitor  development processes, and to follow up implementation of the national strategies and National development Plan.


Project completed

Iamaneh program contribution East

01.01.2015 - 31.12.2016

The program of IAMANEH Switzerland addresses women and children in Western Africa and the Western Bal­kans in order to secure their access to quality primary health services, to grant safe motherhood and birth, to offer protection and safety from violence and health damaging practices and to allow informed choice with re­gard to family planning and prevention. Advocacy work contributes to the improvement of frame conditions for health and the securing of a sustainable health and social protection system in these regions.


Project completed

Solidar Suisse programme contribution East 2015 - 2016

01.01.2015 - 31.12.2016

Solidar Switzerland’s cooperation engagement contributes to poverty reduction and respect of human rights. It supports political and economical processes to improve equitable access to resources, labour and power in a globalised world. Special focus is to enhance the decent work agenda and to foster democratic structures. At the same time Solidar undertakes awareness raising and advocacy activities in Switzerland, in order to sensitise the Swiss public on development policy issues.


Project completed

Stiftung Kinderdorf Pestalozzi Programmbeitrag Ost 2015 - 2016

01.01.2015 - 31.12.2016

Die Realisierung der Rechte des Kindes auf Zugang zu relevanter, ganzheitlicher und qualitativ guter Bildung und die Förderung von interkulturellen Kompetenzen sind Voraussetzung für eine gerechte, friedliche und nachhaltige Entwicklung. Dies sind die übergeordneten Ziele der internationalen Programme der Stiftung Kinderdorf Pestalozzi. Bildung ist ein Recht und zugleich ein Mittel, um alle anderen Menschenrechte zu verwirklichen.


Project completed

Victim Assistance: Access to Rehabilitation and Linking Mine Action to Development – Multiyear Contribution to SFD Appeal 2015-2016

01.01.2015 - 31.12.2016

Switzerland supports activities aimed at banning anti-personnel mines and cluster munitions as well as to alleviating the humanitarian suffering and socio-economic consequences caused by mines and all types of explosive remnants of war. Mine action is of direct relevance for the implementation and the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDG), which serve as an important reference point for Switzerland.


Project completed

Terre des hommes Schweiz programme contribution South 2015 - 2016

01.01.2015 - 31.12.2016

Social participation of youth is an objective and at the same time a condition for sustainable development. Young people are often marginalized and lack economic and social perspectives. Youth unemployment worldwide has dramatically risen in the last years and youth, especially girls, are far more exposed to violence and HIV-Aids than adults. terre des hommes schweiz program empowers young people to identify and use opportunities of participation and to advocate within communities for their rights and interests.


Project completed

Brot für alle programme contribution South 2015 - 2016

01.01.2015 - 31.12.2016

Bread for all is the Development Service of the Protestant Churches in Switzerland. Bread for all empowers people in Asia, Latin America and Africa to free themselves from poverty and depen­dency and it motivates people in the North to commit to a fairer world. Bread for all is working in alliance with a network of Swiss NGOs implementing programs on four continents.


Project completed

UNMAS Support for Mine Action in Afghanistan 2014 - 2015

22.12.2014 - 31.12.2015

Afghanistan suffers more civilian casualties than Iraq, Colombia or Cambodia, recording an average of 39 casualties every month as a result of mines and Explosive Remnants of War. Almost three quarters of all accidents continue to affect children. The goal for mine/ERW risk education is to put in place a comprehen-sive and sustainable system to educate and raise awareness throughout people and communities nationwide regarding the residual mines/ERW threats, including sufficient information to recognize and report these items to the appropriate authorities.

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