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

SDC and the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) are offering a new long-term funding scheme for development-relevant research on global issues ( 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 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.

Country/region Topic Period Budget
Conflict & fragility
Conflict prevention
Sector not specified
Water sector policy
Security system management and reform
01.03.2012 - 31.12.2023
CHF  21’860’000

Geopolitical and economic transformation as well as global risks, crises, and uncertainties challenge the international community. Increasingly international cooperation on global issues is seen as a way forward. Research and innovation play a key role in the effort to solve global problems and are among key drivers for an inclusive, climate-friendly societal transformation.


Research contributes to solving global problems and securing global public goods in poor countries within the normative and conceptual framework of global sustainable development.

Target groups

Research community in Switzerland and developing countries. Relevant stakeholders, which act to cause, facilitate, or prevent change at various scales. Beneficiaries: societies in fragile states, poor, marginalized and vulnerable population groups.

Medium-term outcomes

With a focus on social conflicts of regional and global relevance in contexts of weak public institutions or state fragility the objectives are:

  • Scientific evidence and research based solutions are available on four areas, including on the interactions between them: social conflicts, weak public institutions, state fragility and management of natural resources.
  • National and international stakeholders are informed on the nature of the problems, trade-offs, and options for tackling and solving problems in a more integrated, conflict sensitive manner, and make use of the provided evidence and tools.
  • Scientific competencies and expertise in dealing with the complexity of conflict-related issues for the benefit of poor countries and of global relevance are increased.


Results from previous phases:  

No previous phase, but the SDC and the SNSF can build upon a successful partnership over the last 20 years in terms of fostering research in and with developing and transition countries.

Directorate/federal office responsible SDC
Credit area Development cooperation
Project partners Contract partner
Swiss Academic and Research Institution
  • Swiss National Science Foundation

Budget Current phase Swiss budget CHF    21’860’000 Swiss disbursement to date CHF    16’100’042
Project phases Phase 5 01.06.2014 - 31.12.2023   (Current phase) Phase 4 15.05.2013 - 31.12.2023   (Current phase) Phase 3 15.05.2013 - 31.12.2023   (Current phase) Phase 2 01.09.2012 - 31.12.2023   (Current phase) Phase 1 01.03.2012 - 31.12.2023   (Current phase)