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.

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Current projects

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The Carter Center: International Election Assessment for Presidential Elections and Constitutional Referendum 2012

01.05.2012 - 31.12.2012

The Carter Center (TCC) will carry out analytical work on the electoral process during the presidential elections in Egypt from May to June 2012 and during the constitutional referendum, planned for autumn 2012. TCC is accredited to witness the elections process although some limitations have been made to their ability to report during the proceedings. As TCC enjoys both the confidence of the transitional authorities and a broad acceptance in the Middle East, this provides an opportunity for a firsthand insight into the electoral process as well as a building block for future interventions of both SDC and DHS (former PD IV) in the field of democratization in Egypt. There is a consensus among donors to support the initiative and hence to address the issue with a coordinated approach. The project will cover: 1. The deployment of international election experts/observers to Egypt; 2. A qualitative and quantitative data collection on key aspects of the electoral processes including reports; 3. Recommendation to improve future electoral processes.


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Swiss Programme for Research on Global Issues for Development - Research Module on Social Conflicts and Fragility

01.03.2012 - 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 first thematic module focuses on the causes and solutions to social conflicts in the context of weak public institutions.


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Regional Art and Culture Programme in Central Asia

The "Laboratory of Young Directors of Central Asia" at the "Ilkhom" theatre.

01.03.2012 - 30.06.2016

The Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) considers Art and Culture as an important component and tool of good governance. Moreover, for SDC supporting cultural activities is an integral and indispensable part of development as “Culture is not one of life’s luxuries – it is life itself”. The Regional Art and Culture Programme, which covers both regional and national projects is implemented by the Swiss Cooperation Offices in Dushanbe, Bishkek and Tashkent.


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Diakonia, Support to International Humanitarian Law Program in the oPt

01.01.2012 - 31.12.2015

The promotion of International humanitarian law (IHL) is at the core of Switzerland’s engagement in the occupied Palestinian territory. With its support to the Diakonia IHL resource Centre, Switzerland, together with other donors, will strengthen the capacities to monitor IHL violations and to utilize the various mechanisms of accountability and compliance, including the third-state responsibility.

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