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

First Allocation of SDC Funding to ICRC Operations in 2013 in Burundi, DR Congo, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, Madagascar, Zimbabwe

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

Support to the Culture and Free Thought Association (CFTA) 2012-2015

15.12.2012 - 31.12.2015

Support to civil society organisations that offer platforms for Palestinian women and men to participate in public life and advocate for their concerns is crucial to ensure citizens’ participation in a pluralistic and democratic society. SDC partnership with The Culture and Free Thought Association in Khan Younis (Gaza) enables the institution to implement community development initiatives with youth (male and female) and other underprivileged groups in the impoverished and conservative Khan Younis area of Gaza.

Project completed

Contribution to Fair and Free Local Elections 2013

10.12.2012 - 30.09.2013

The contribution to three Civil Society Organisations (CSO) aims at promoting fair and free local elections in Macedonia in 2013. The campaigns shall be supporting an atmosphere of fair, free and non-violent elections and at increasing the number of female candidates at the mayoral elections. In addition, the campaigns include the promotion of public debates between mayoral candidates, activities related to prevent the use of weapons and violence during the election campaign and on the voting day, and monitoring of the voting process.

Project completed

Access to Justice in Tajikistan

01.12.2012 - 30.11.2016

Legal reform and ensuring legal security for citizens in Tajikistan are cornerstones of the transition. The project aims to improve access to justice for vulnerable people and is contributing to reforms. Through the provision of legal aid services and the monitoring of law application and implementation practices, potential issues for reform shall be identified and analyzed. Reform proposals based on these analyses shall be advocated and discussed between governmental and non governmental actors. At the same time, the awareness and capacities both of legal service users and providers will be strengthened.

Project completed

Enhancing Mechanical Demining in Mozambique

01.10.2012 - 30.09.2014

This project aims at ridding Mozambique from its remaining landmines by the “Ottawa Treaty” deadline until March 2014. There are still 15.5 km2 to be cleared and released before this deadline. In order to accelerate the process, Switzerland is enhancing mechanical demining by contributing to the purchase of a demining device (3rd generation machine built by the Swiss Foundation Digger). This initiative is fully in line with the Swiss “Mine Action Strategy 2012-2016” and will contribute to the socio-economic development of Mozambique.

Project completed

Fiche technique de la proposition de crédit pour des projets/programmes

01.10.2012 - 30.06.2017

La Banque Mondiale et les Nations Unies sont des partenaires clés pour le développement des pays dits fragiles ou affectés par un conflit. Le Trust Fund « Fragility and Conflict Partnership »contribue à améliorer l’efficacité de l’aide internationale dans les pays dits fragiles, il vise à améliorer la coordination entre la Banque Mondiale et les Nations Unies par le biais de projets concrets et d’initiatives institutionnelles, permettant ainsi de démontrer la valeur ajoutée d’une meilleure coopération entre ces deux institutions, dans ces contextes difficiles.

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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