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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Project completed

Emergency Assistance For Syrian Refugees in the Kurdish region of Iraq

15.08.2013 - 31.05.2014

The challenges posed by the Syrian crisis had its impact in Iraq regarding immediate humanitarian needs for Syrian refugees. Currently, there are more than 150,000 Syrian refugees registered in Iraq. RRP 5 expects that the number of refugees in Iraq will reach 350,000 by end of 2013. This project aims at assisting extremely vulnerable Syrian refugees and affected host communities in the Kurdish region of Iraq through emergency.

Project completed

State reform in Somalia

Sitting at his desk, a Hargeisa municipal employee enters paid bill details into a computer system.

01.08.2013 - 31.12.2017

The SDC is supporting a decentralisation project in Somalia. The aim is to promote peace and development by strengthening the capacity of local authorities to meet the needs of the population. The project has already produced some encouraging results.

Country/region Topic Period Budget
Conflict & fragility
Conflict prevention and transformation
Public finance management
Conflict prevention

01.08.2013 - 31.12.2017

CHF  9’000’000

Project completed

UNICEF: Protection of Syrian children and host communities (PRO); Jordan

01.08.2013 - 31.12.2014

The deteriorating situation in Syria is resulting in more refugees fleeing their country into Jordan. The number of registered Syrian refugees or pending registration exceeded 500,000 refugees, more than half of them are children. Many of these children are not going to schools for various reasons and some are getting into child labour. UNICEF through this intervention aims to ensure that Syrian children, their families and host communities are provided access to appropriate psychosocial and other protection services. This project is part of the 20m funding.

Project completed

Local Governance and Community Development Programme (LGCDP) II

16.07.2013 - 31.12.2020

As a result of this project, the demand side of local governance will be strengthened through the empowerment of right holders. Social mobilization interventions will enable beneficiaries to more effectively demand public services and hold national and local governments accountable. Simultaneously, the supply side will be strengthened. As a result, local bodies with strengthened institutional capacity and resources will provide services more effectively to the people, esp. to disadvantaged groups. In addition, an enabling policy environment will be promoted. Inter alia, this will help to prepare Nepal for a future federal system, as and when this system is defined in the new constitution.

Project completed

LEB UNDP: Contribution to support to host communities through WASH [BSL]

01.07.2013 - 30.06.2014

The increased number of Syrian refugees fleeing to Lebanon especiaily to the Governorate of the North has put enormous pressure an the infrastructure and services of the hosting municipalities. Municipal services such as water, solid waste management, sewage system, electricity have become insufficient to cover the enormous needs of the hosting communities and refugees. This has resulted in tension between host communities and refugees.

Project completed

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.

Project completed

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.

Project completed

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.

Project completed

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.

Project completed

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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