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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Afghanistan Reconstruction Trust Fund (ARTF)

01.11.2015 - 31.10.2024

Millions of Afghan women, men and children gained access to services and improved their income since the Afghanistan Reconstruction Trust Fund’s initiation (ARTF) in 2002. It also significantly contributed to the Afghan state’s capacity and legitimacy. ARTF constitutes a coordinated financing mechanism for the state's budget (Recurrent Cost Window) and for its priority national investment projects (Investment Window) in the areas of agriculture, rural development, infrastructure, education, health and governance.

Project completed

UN-Habitat: Gaza Participatory Spatial Planning Support Program

01.11.2015 - 30.06.2019

Participatory spatial planning will be tested in 5 municipalities and 10 neighbourhoods of the Gaza Strip by acknowledging that a human rights based approach to planning legitimizes the interests of marginalized groups. This intervention aims at fostering a more sustainable urban environment in the context of continuous demographic growth, while contributing to the overall reconstruction efforts after recurrent armed conflicts, and several years of full blockade of the Gaza Strip.

Project completed

Emergency Response to Gaza Municipalities (“Window 5” of MDP-II)

01.11.2015 - 31.12.2016

The infrastructure of the 25 Municipalities in the Gaza Strip was severely hit in July-August 2014. On the basis of a dedicated needs assessment, a specific funding window was designed in the World Bank-led and SDC co-funded Municipal Development Programme (MDP-II). Through an additional contribution to this funding window, SDC will facilitate the restoration of key municipal services and the rehabilitation of damaged municipal infrastructure in line with the objectives of the Swiss Cooperation Strategy for the oPt 2015-2018.

Project completed

Afghanistan Reconstruction Trust Fund (ARTF)

01.11.2015 - 30.06.2018

Millions of Afghan women, men and children gained access to services and improved their income since the Afghanistan Reconstruction Trust Fund’s initiation (ARTF) in 2002. It also significantly contributed to the Afghan state’s capacity. ARTF is a coordinated financing mechanism for the state budget and its priority national investment projects focusing on agriculture, rural development, infrastructure, education, health and governance.

Project completed

Contribution to Law and Order Trust Fund for Afghanistan (LOTFA)

01.11.2015 - 30.06.2018

For the benefit of Afghan women, men and children as well as of the rule of law in Afghanistan, the Law and Order Trust Fund for Afghanistan (LOTFA) contributes to a more human rights compliant, institutionally strengthened and more gender balanced Afghan National Police. Amongst other, it supports community policing as well as the recruitment, retention and training of policewomen and the improvement of their working conditions.

Project completed

LEB- UNDP -Improving Living Conditions in Palestinian Gatherings

01.10.2015 - 30.09.2018

In Lebanon, 455'000 Palestine refugees are officially registered with the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA). Some 250'000 of them live in 12 official camps; others live in and around cities and towns, often in areas called gatherings. There are 42 such gatherings in Lebanon where over 140'000 Palestine refugees live (as well as poor Lebanese and Palestine refugees from Syria). Through this project, SDC aims at contributing to improved living conditions in these gatherings by providing basic urban services.

Project completed

Support for Victims of Sexual and Gender-based Violence (SGBV) – Single Phase

15.09.2015 - 31.10.2018

Women and girls in Afghanistan who experienced gender based violence (GBV) are confronted with inadequate health services and insufficiently trained health staff to receive appropriate treatment and care. The project is designed to improve quality of care for women and girls affected by GBV by training health care staff in a trauma-sensitive approach (TSA). Results from monitoring and evaluation will be used for policy dialogue in the field of basic health, to document lessons learned and for advocacy.

Project completed

Radio Ergo: Humanitarian Information for Somali Speaking Regions

01.09.2015 - 31.08.2017

The project contributes to amplifying the voices of Somali men and women across the Somali speaking regions of the Horn of Africa, providing them with credible humanitarian and public service information (on forthcoming droughts; animal epidemics; the danger associated with migration etc.), and catalyzing positive discussions on issues of concern between Somali populations and the international community, while at the same time building local radios’ capacities to produce quality and balanced information.

Project completed
Project completed

COOPI, Soutien psychosocial aux populations de Diffa affectées par le conflit au Nord-est du Nigeria

01.08.2015 - 30.09.2016

Le conflit au nord-est du Nigeria a causé la mort de plus de 15'000 personnes depuis 2009, provoquant le déplacement forcé de 1.5 million d’IDPs et de apx. 300’000 personnes vers les pays limitrophes. Ces personnes ont assisté ou même subi des évènements très violents. Au Niger, la région déjà pauvre de Diffa accueille plus de 150'000 réfugiés et retournés. Le présent projet permettra d’assurer le suivi et l’accompagnement psychosocial des personnes moralement affectées.

Project completed

Strengthening of civil-political-economic rights and social auditing

Committee for Free Expression

01.07.2015 - 30.08.2020

In Honduras, strengthening Human Rights (HR), transparency, and the fight against impunity are central to breaking out of the spiral of violence. The role of civil society constitutes an opportunity and at the same time a means to contribute to the construction of Rule of Law. The program supports five civil society organizations (CSO) and the UNDP, with presence in the southern region and Muskitia, so they can work together to promote social audits and protection of Human Rights.

Project completed

Land Governance in the Urban-Rural Nexus (single phase)

01.07.2015 - 31.12.2017

Responsible land governance is a central element in the current process of rural transformation and urbanization in developing countries, but its complex relations to food security and fragility have not received sufficient attention. SDC will support the Global Land Tool Network (GLTN), facilitated by UN-Habitat, in addressing these challenges through preparing pro-poor and gender-sensitive land tools to improve tenure security for urban and rural poor with a conflict-sensitive approach.

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