Materias primas y desarrollo

Vista de una gran mina en Togo, donde se extrae fosfato en una explotación a cielo abierto.
Países en desarrollo como Togo cuentan con enormes reservas de materias primas. La COSUDE se ha comprometido con la explotación justa de las mismas. © Alexandra Pugachevsky

La extracción de materias primas constituye un factor económico decisivo para muchos países en desarrollo, y las empresas suizas de productos básicos juegan un papel importante en este campo. Las reservas de materias primas constituyen una oportunidad para erradicar la pobreza tradicional; sin embargo, muchos países no logran dar este paso. La COSUDE quiere contrarrestar esta situación. 

El sector de las materias primas adquiere cada vez más importancia en los países en desarrollo: según un informe publicado en 2016 por la  Conferencia de las Naciones Unidas sobre Comercio y Desarrollo (CNUCYD), 91 países en desarrollo dependían en 2015 de las materias primas, las cuales representaban más del 60% de sus exportaciones. El Banco Mundial estima, además, que África posee por sí sola casi el 30% de los yacimientos minerales del mundo. Algunos minerales, ampliamente utilizados en la producción de componentes electrónicos como el tantalio y el cobalto, proceden principalmente de países frágiles. 

Con el desarrollo de las llamadas industrias y tecnologías limpias, se espera un aumento de la demanda de minerales, acompañado de importantes inversiones en exploración y desarrollo de nuevas minas. 

Las razones de fondo y los papeles de los diversos actores han sido debatidos durante años por la ciencia, los organismos internacionales de política de desarrollo, los gobiernos y la sociedad civil. Entre las cuestiones debatidas se incluyen el impacto económico de la extracción de materias primas y las causas de las fluctuaciones de los precios. Otros temas de debate son las prácticas en la extracción de materias primas perjudiciales para la salud y el medio ambiente, la explotación laboral o la competencia en el acceso a las materias primas, que pueden conducir al uso de la violencia o incluso a conflictos bélicos. 

El debate sobre las cuestiones relativas a los flujos financieros asociados con el negocio de las materias primas está cobrando cada vez mayor importancia. Los fondos de procedencia ilícita o dudosa y su traslado al extranjero representan un obstáculo decisivo para el crecimiento económico y la buena gobernanza en los países en desarrollo. Existe un amplio consenso con respecto a que los recursos que los países en desarrollo pierden por ello superan con creces la ayuda pública al desarrollo. Una parte significativa de estos flujos financieros procede de la producción y comercialización de materias primas. 

Suiza es un actor importante en el sector del comercio de materias primas. Según las estimaciones, en Suiza se comercializarían más de 3000 millones de toneladas de materias primas al año, por un valor de más de 960.000 millones de CHF. En su informe sobre el sector suizo de las materias primas (Le secteur suisse des matières premières, Etats des lieux et perspectives, noviembre de 2018), el Consejo Federal reitera que espera de las empresas que operan en Suiza o desde Suiza un comportamiento íntegro y responsable en lo que concierne al respeto de los derechos humanos y a las normas sociales y medioambientales a lo largo de toda la cadena de valor, tanto en Suiza como en el extranjero, y más aun de parte de las empresas que operan en contextos frágiles. 

Los campos de acción de la COSUDE

  • La COSUDE trabaja a nivel internacional para mejorar los estándares relativos a la explotación y el comercio de materias primas y por su implementación efectiva por parte de los gobiernos y las empresas.
  • Suiza apoya el establecimiento de instrumentos multilaterales de lucha contra la corrupción y los flujos financieros ilícitos.
  • En el marco de su cooperación internacional al desarrollo, la COSUDE tiene un compromiso con sus países contraparte productores de materias primas en el ámbito de la gobernanza de los recursos naturales y la creación de cadenas de valor sostenibles.
  • Mediante su apoyo a la investigación y a las plataformas multipartitas, Suiza contribuye a una mejor comprensión de los desafíos y del potencial del sector extractivo para los países en desarrollo.

Proyectos actuales

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Improving farm productivity in Georgia through dual vocational education and training

01.09.2018 - 31.08.2022

Agriculture is Georgia's most important sector. However, farming remains uncompetitive as farmers' skills are out of step with the job market and technological developments. Switzerland is continuing to support vocational education and training to improve productivity, farm income and the employment situation for students of agriculture.

Región/País Tema Período Presupuesto
Georgia
Vocational training
Agriculture & food security
Employment & economic development
Vocational training
Agricultural services & market
Rural development
EDUCATION
AGRICULTURE
OTHER MULTISECTOR
Vocational training
Agricultural services
Rural development

01.09.2018 - 31.08.2022


CHF 6'352'000



Mozambique: Less illness thanks to better water supplies and sanitation

01.01.2018 - 31.12.2021

Many cases of illness in the poor region of northern Mozambique are caused by the poor condition of water supplies and sanitation.  The SDC is assisting the efforts of the local people and responsible authorities to improve the situation. Aim of the project: Better living conditions for half a million people – and less poverty.

Región/País Tema Período Presupuesto
Mozambique
Salud
Fortalecimiento del sistema sanitario
SALUD
Política sanitaria y gestión administrativa

01.01.2018 - 31.12.2021


CHF 7'445'000



Capacity building for Serbian municipalities

01.01.2018 - 31.12.2021

Switzerland is supporting the Serbian government’s public administration reform, which aims to make it more effective and accessible to both citizens and the private sector. SwissPRO project is being run in 99 municipalities (two-thirds of Serbia) to improve good governance, social inclusion and gender equality.

Región/País Tema Período Presupuesto
Serbia
Governance
Human rights
Gender
Decentralisation
Human rights (incl. Women's rights)
Women’s equality organisations and institutions
GOVERNMENT AND CIVIL SOCIETY
GOVERNMENT AND CIVIL SOCIETY
GOVERNMENT AND CIVIL SOCIETY
Decentralisation and support to subnational government (incl. accountability)
Human rights
Women's equality organisations and institutions

01.01.2018 - 31.12.2021


CHF 7'000'000



Decentralization and Municipal Support in Kosovo (DEMOS)

01.01.2018 - 31.12.2021

Since the declaration of independence in 2008, Kosovo has been engaged in the reform and decentralisation of its public authorities with the aim of strengthening autonomy and local democracy in its 38 municipalities. The SDC's “Decentralisation and Municipal Support” project (DEMOS) aims to help municipalities enhance democratic governance and municipal management and provide better public services, thereby supporting Kosovo in its transition to a democratic and decentralised state.

Región/País Tema Período Presupuesto
Kosovo
Governance
Decentralisation
Democratic participation and civil society
GOVERNMENT AND CIVIL SOCIETY
GOVERNMENT AND CIVIL SOCIETY
Decentralisation and support to subnational government (incl. accountability)
Democratic participation and civil society

01.01.2018 - 31.12.2021


CHF 12'800'000



Bosnia and Herzegovina: Improving nursing care for better health services

01.12.2017 - 30.11.2021

In Bosnia and Herzegovina nurses make up the largest group of healthcare professionals. However, the potential offered by their proximity to local communities is underexploited. They are often responsible for administrative tasks rather than patient care and, with limited career prospects, many nurses are attracted by better working conditions in Western Europe. This is regrettable because nurses and the care they provide can be a gateway to better health services for people living in rural areas and marginalised communities.

Región/País Tema Período Presupuesto
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Health
Education
Health systems strengthening
Primary health care
Education facilities and training
HEALTH
HEALTH
EDUCATION
Health policy and administrative management
Basic health care
Education facilities and training

01.12.2017 - 30.11.2021


CHF 5'125'000



Improved Access to Markets for Female and Male Fresh Fruits and Vegetable (FFV) Small Scale Producers

01.12.2017 - 30.11.2021

With focus on private sector-led agriculture and agribusiness, this program pursues systemic change in the agriculture sector and supports business modalities that favor small scale producers in the occupied Palestinian territory. The overall goal is to contribute to build a resilient economy with equitable agricultural growth, whilst contributing to protect small scale producers’ entitlements to natural resources and access to markets.

Región/País Tema Período Presupuesto
Palestinian Authority
Agriculture & food security
Agricultural development
Agricultural services & market
Agricultural policy
AGRICULTURE
AGRICULTURE
AGRICULTURE
Agricultural development
Agricultural services
Agricultural policy and administrative management

01.12.2017 - 30.11.2021


CHF 3'900'000



Revitalising labour market in Moldova

01.12.2017 - 31.12.2021

With Moldova facing high unemployment and a slowdown in growth, the SDC is funding a project designed to offer young job seekers alternatives to emigration and to improve the country's economic situation. Switzerland is supporting reforms aimed at training a qualified workforce and improving the investment climate. This will not only promote demand-driven training but also help create new jobs in the private sector.

Región/País Tema Período Presupuesto
Moldova
Vocational training
Vocational training
EDUCATION
Vocational training

01.12.2017 - 31.12.2021


CHF 5'350'000



Reducing youth unemployment in Kosovo with the help of the private sector

16.11.2017 - 15.11.2021

The Promoting Private Sector Employment (PPSE) project is strengthening companies in the food and tourism sectors and spurring job creation in Kosovo.

Región/País Tema Período Presupuesto
Kosovo
Employment & economic development
SME development
INDUSTRY, MINING, CONSTRUCTION
Small and medium-sized enterprises (SME) development

16.11.2017 - 15.11.2021


CHF 7'320'000



A more inclusive job market for women in the South Caucasus

01.11.2017 - 31.07.2021

In the three countries of the South Caucasus (Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia), many women face job market discrimination. In the absence of policy to create equal opportunities and jobs for women in the formal economy, women work unprotected in the informal sector. The Women’s Economic Empowerment in the South Caucasus project seeks to promote women's economic empowerment to facilitate their equal access to employment and entrepreneurial opportunities.

Región/País Tema Período Presupuesto
South Caucasus
Gender
Vocational training
Women’s equality organisations and institutions
Vocational training
GOVERNMENT AND CIVIL SOCIETY
EDUCATION
Women's equality organisations and institutions
Vocational training

01.11.2017 - 31.07.2021


CHF 3'400'000



A toolbox for sustainable sefl-reliance

06.09.2017 - 30.06.2021

Haiti has been repeatedly devastated by earthquakes and hurricanes in recent years. SDC engineers are now working with those affected to build more stable houses from local materials. Five hundred new homes are to be built by 2021.

Región/País Tema Período Presupuesto
Haiti
Climate change and environment
Vocational training
Governance
Disaster risk reduction DRR
Vocational training
Public sector policy
DISASTER PREVENTION AND PREPAREDNESS
EDUCATION
GOVERNMENT AND CIVIL SOCIETY
Disaster prevention and preparedness
Vocational training
Public sector policy and administrative management

06.09.2017 - 30.06.2021


CHF 3'423'500



Support to Municipal Development Project (MDP-3)

01.09.2017 - 31.12.2021

Since 2009, the Municipal Development Project (MDP) has been the main vehicle for policy reform in the Local Governance sector in the oPt. It has channelled funding to Municipalities to support infrastructure projects and capacity-building activities in a transparent and equitable manner, despite huge challenges linked to 50 years of Israeli Occupation and to 10 years of intra-Palestinian divide. MDP-3 (2017-2021) is supported by 7 donors and the Palestinian Authority: SDC’s contribution is in line with Swiss Cooperation Strategy for the oPt (2015-2018).

Región/País Tema Período Presupuesto
Palestinian Authority
Governance
Decentralisation
Democratic participation and civil society
GOVERNMENT AND CIVIL SOCIETY
GOVERNMENT AND CIVIL SOCIETY
Decentralisation and support to subnational government (incl. accountability)
Democratic participation and civil society

01.09.2017 - 31.12.2021


CHF 5'300'000



Water and Sanitation for Syrian Refugees and Their Lebanese Hosts

15.07.2017 - 15.06.2020

The crisis in Syria has a significant impact in Lebanon. The country is home to over one million Syrian refugees. Basic needs are unmet due to this unprecedented population growth and lack of public facilities. The SDC supports a project of the Lebanese Red Cross on water and sanitation for Syrian refugees and host communities in the Akkar Governorate bordering Syria.

Región/País Período Presupuesto
Lebanon

15.07.2017 - 15.06.2020


CHF 1'100'000


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