Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation
Principal Office: Switzerland
The Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) is Switzerland’s international cooperation agency within the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs. SDC works in partnership with other Swiss federal entities for development coordination, cooperation with Eastern Europe, and humanitarian aid.
Among SDC’s several thematic priorities, those of principal importance for the Terra Viva Grants Directory include rural development and food security; water resources; and climate change and environment.
Grant Programs for Agriculture, Energy, Environment, Natural Resources
1 – Grants and contracts to civil society organizations in Switzerland. SDC makes multi-year contributions to support the programs of 15-20 large Swiss civil society organizations active in the developing world. Grants are typically one to several million Swiss francs (CHF) per year.
Additionally, SDC awards funding through contracted “mandates” to non-governmental organizations (including businesses and consultants) to carry out specific projects and tasks.
Link to SDC’s partnerships and mandates (see “Partnerships and Mandates”)
2 — Research Fund for Global Issues. SDC is a partner with the Swiss National Science Foundation in the newly created Research Fund for Global Issues. This is a new program from 2012 to promote interdisciplinary research for sustainable global development in themes that include agriculture, ecosystems, and others. Projects are based on partnerships of researchers in Switzerland and the developing countries.
3 — Funding of organizations in developing countries. SDC provides support to partner organizations, especially civil society organizations, in some of Switzerland’s priority countries for bilateral development cooperation.
Link to SDC’s country and regional programs (see “Countries”)
Geographical Distribution of Grant Activities in Developing Countries
The following countries are priorities for SDC’s bilateral development collaboration, and its cooperation with Eastern Europe and the CIS.
East Asia: Mongolia
South Asia: Bangladesh, Nepal
Eastern Europe and Russia: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Macedonia, Moldova, Serbia, Ukraine
Sub-Saharan Africa: Benin, Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mozambique, Niger, Tanzania
Latin America and Caribbean: Bolivia, Cuba, Haiti
Note: At the regional level, SDC identifies the African Great Lakes; Horn of Africa; Southern Africa; Northern Africa and Palestine; Hindu Kush; and Central America. SDC identifies additional countries and regions for humanitarian assistance.
SDC’s website is available in German, French, Italian, English, and Spanish.
In addition to the newly created SDC-SNSF Research Fund for Global Issues, researchers should explore information available through KFPE (i.e., Swiss Research Partnerships with Developing Countries).
SDC posts contact information for its offices in Switzerland and worldwide.
Switzerland’s Federal Department of Foreign Affairs provides a directory of the Swiss diplomatic missions.
Alliance Sud is the umbrella organization of six large Swiss development NGOs: Swissaid; Catholic Lenten Fund; Bread for All; Helvetas; Caritas; and Interchurch Aid. Each of them engages in programs or projects that focus on one or more themes of agriculture, natural resources, and environment.
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