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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Project completed

UNICEF Strengthening peace building and Recovery Results for Children and Women - SDC Global Institutions Support

15.11.2013 - 31.12.2015

One billion children live in areas affected by conflict and high levels of violence. The changing nature of conflicts and the fragility of states are a big challenge for recovery and peace-building. The operational presence of UNICEF before, during and after conflicts makes it a key stakeholder with competence in transition from emergency and recovery to development. This project strengthens the rights of children in fragile and post crisis situations by building up systematic capacities and learning in conflict sensitivity, peace building and recovery in fragile contexts.


Project completed

Clearing for Results 2011-2015

01.11.2013 - 31.12.2015

During the last 20 years Cambodia has made significant progress in clearing the remnants of landmine and unexploded ordinance contamination. Nevertheless 648 km2 of land remain contaminated. SDC will support the UNDP project Clearing for Results II (2011-15), implemented by the Cambodian Mine Action and Victim Assistance Authority (CMAA) to release up to 75 km² of mine-free land.


Project completed
Project completed

DRC: Rebuilding Returnees’ Housing and Livelihoods in Ergneti (Shida Kartli)

16.10.2013 - 30.06.2015

Tailor-made housing solutions, needs-based livelihood support and repairs of small-scale infrastructure are instrumental for supporting stable return and reintegration of the war affected families to Ergneti village. As the Government of Georgia is not in a position to financially support the return process, it places a high importance on SDC’s efforts in this direction. The given intervention constitutes one of the strategic priorities of the “Swiss Cooperation Strategy South Caucasus 2013-2016” as it comes under the Human Security and Protection (HSP) domain.


Project completed

Programme d’Appui à la décentralisation et à la Participation Citoyenne (DEPAC)

01.10.2013 - 31.10.2018

Les communes et les régions sont confrontées à l’insuffisance de compétences techniques et de ressources financières pour fournir les services publics répondant aux besoins socio-économiques des hommes et des femmes. Dans ce contexte, la Suisse poursuivra son accompagnement aux communes et aux régions à travers un nouveau programme qui permettra à 26 communes et à 3 régions de planifier et de mettre en œuvre leurs actions de développement avec l’implication active d’une société civile capable de contrôler l’action publique des élus locaux.


Project completed

JPO Programme, Volées 2013-2018, Humanitarian Aid HA

01.09.2013 - 31.12.2019

The aim of the programme is to increase Switzerland's presence within the UN system. This measure also meets the more general aim of strengthening the influence and quality of Switzerland's political dialogue with the target agencies. The JPO programme will eventually serve to intensify this political dialogue and increase Switzerland's capacity to monitor the work of agencies through direct contact with the JPOs recruited through this programme.


Project completed

Regeneration of neglected villages in south-east Myanmar

A nurse receives patients at the entrance to a health centre.

01.09.2013 - 14.08.2017

In Myanmar, the villages close to the Thai border have seen more than six decades of conflict. Geographically isolated, and in some cases under the control of armed indigenous ethnic groups, these villages are beyond the reach of central government authority. Their inhabitants must do with infrastructures that are in a perilous state. Working alongside the affected communities and other partners, the SDC is committed to restoring basic services, with the particular involvement of the young people in the region.

Country/region Topic Period Budget
Myanmar
Conflict & fragility
Education
Health
Conflict prevention and transformation

Conflict prevention
Education facilities and training
Primary education
Primary health care

01.09.2013 - 14.08.2017


CHF  5’091’000



Project completed

Enhancing Social Engagement and Accountability through Culture and the Arts

Qattana local community members are beautifying their village through repairing and painting the walls

01.09.2013 - 31.12.2019

The aim of this intervention is to enhance social engagement and participation, to promote the role of people as agents of change and to strengthen social accountability in the oPt. SDC will support initiatives that use arts and culture as a means to enhance democratic debates, promote social inclusion and active participation within the communities and between the communities and the local authorities. The initiatives will favour the participation of youth and women in local public debates.

Country/region Topic Period Budget
Palestinian Authority
Culture / development awareness
Human rights
Conflict & fragility
Conflict prevention and transformation

Culture & recreation
Human rights (incl. Women's rights)
Conflict prevention

01.09.2013 - 31.12.2019


CHF  945’682



Project completed

Trans-Border Dialogue for Peace in the Great Lakes Region

01.09.2013 - 31.12.2016

Jointly with the Swedish Development Cooperation (SIDA) and the Division Human Security (DHS), SDC will support a program on trans-border dialogue for peace in the Great Lakes region run by Interpeace. Through a research and dialogue process, the program seeks to address the root causes behind the recurrent conflicts in the Great Lakes region and will propose and disseminate concrete consensus-based solutions to decision makers taking into account the concerns and recommendations of local populations.


Project completed
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
Somalia
Governance
Conflict & fragility
Conflict prevention and transformation
Decentralisation
Public finance management
Conflict prevention

01.08.2013 - 31.12.2017


CHF  9’000’000


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