Partnership and Expert Fund - Romania

Project completed

The "Partnership and Expert Fund - Romania" has the purpose to promote and support existing and new partnerships between Romanian and Swiss associations and communities in planning and implementing specific projects. It has also the purpose to offer specific Swiss expertise for Romanian institutions according to concrete demands.

Country/region Topic Period Budget
Improving social security
Promoting economic growth and improving working conditions
Strengthening civil society
Bilateral partnerships
01.07.2011 - 30.11.2019
CHF  10’000’000

During the transition period, many of the new established Romanian NGOs and public institutions associated with supporting international NGOs in order to implement joint activities. Since Romanian civil society as well as many public institutions are still quite fragile and need support in order to become strong and credible actors, the partnership approach is a valuable instrument for the promotion of mutual understanding at individual and at associative level, as well as for the development and consolidation of the Romanian partner’s capacity.


The Partnership and Expert Fund will promote and/or enhance institutional partnerships between Romanian and Swiss partners in order to contribute to the solution of specific development challenges, strengthen the capacities and structures of the Romanian institutional partners, benefit from Swiss added value and contribute to the strengthening of the partnerships.The Expert Fund will specifically mobilize Swiss expertise for short-term inputs to NGOs and public institutions.

Target groups

Communities and associations in Romania, mostly in small villages in partnership with Swiss institutions in general and their population in particular.


Two specific projects are pre-defined in the Framework Agreement while a Block Grant is made available for individual partnership projects. Another Block Grant will finance specific inputs by Swiss experts.


Achieved results:  

  • 40 partnership projects aimed at promoting and supporting existing and new partnership between Romanian and Swiss associations and communities in implementing projects in the field of social access and community development, education and research, environment, culture, and democracy promotion. The Romanian civil society organizations active within this Programme could strengthen their sustainability in term of infrastructure, organization capacity, strategy and policy making by benefiting from the added value of the partnerships established with Swiss organizations and specific Swiss expertise.
  • 2 retained activities (Geographical Indications and Social Dialogue Laws in Romania).
  • Thanks to these Swiss-Romanian partnerships, the organizations benefitted from a big pool of expertise (Swiss and Romanian) and the regular know-how exchanges offered both sides significant insights.
  • More than 74’000 people benefitted from activities (participation in trainings, information sessions, field activities, awareness raising and information campaigns).
  • More than 920 Romanians and more than 280 Swiss benefitted from the exchange of experiences and specific know-how in various thematic fields (social, environmental, cultural, etc.) through over 247 exchange visits.

Directorate/federal office responsible SDC
Credit area Swiss Contribution to the enlarged EU
Project partners Contract partner
Private sector
  • Swiss Private Sector

Budget Current phase Swiss budget CHF    10’000’000 Swiss disbursement to date CHF    9’950’000
Project phases

Phase 1 01.07.2011 - 30.11.2019   (Completed)