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Blog on the Post-2015 Development Agenda

Children show signs with written messages to the camera. © SDC

In the blog on the post-2015 agenda on sustainable development, members of the inter-departmental Post-2015 Task Force report on news and current debate surrounding the Post-2015 Development Agenda.

Post-2015 blog (de)
Post-2015 website

Strategy 2013–2016
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What are the new strategic orientations of Switzerland’s international cooperation? Which principles guide and which instruments are applied in Switzerland’s international cooperation?
Strategy 2013–2016
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Family Farming
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The UN has declared 2014 as the International Year of Family Farming.
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Un seul monde No. 2/2014

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People around a well, Burkina Faso. © CIFOR/Ollivier Girard

Annual conference: «Saving the climate, fighting poverty»

29 August 2014, Geneva – This year’s Annual Conference of Swiss Development Cooperation, organised by SDC and SECO, looks into Switzerland’s engagement, explores a variety of climate projects in partner countries, and examines the prospects for solutions developed jointly by the North and the Global South.

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A health worker wearing protective clothing stands next to the relative of an Ebola victim and another person in front of a quarantine station in Liberia. © Keystone

23 July 2014 – More support for Médecins Sans Frontières Switzerland
Additional funds for measures to fight the Ebola epidemic in West Africa
The SDC is supporting Médecins Sans Frontières Switzerland in its work to combat the Ebola virus in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone with an additional 500,000 CHF , thus supplementing the 6 million CHF budget from 2014 in aid of Médecins-Sans-Frontières-Switzerland’s worldwide activities. It is the first time in Africa that an entire region has been affected by the epidemic.

Press release, 23 July 2014
The SDC's activities in West Africa 

A Swiss farmer welcomes in his barn a Bolivian farmer. © SDC

Grangeneuve, 27 June 2014 – family farming enterprises
National conference on family farming enterprises
Family farming enterprises around the world play a key role in ensuring food security. In addition to debates on agricultural policy and development cooperation, a national conference will provide insights into family enterprises in Switzerland as well as in Bolivia, Romania and Zambia.

SDC page on this subject
International Year of Family Farming (fr)
2014: International Year of Family Farming (UN)
Interview with Martin Dahinden (NZZ, 27 June 2014, d)

Cover of the annual report 2013: The edge of the Gobi desert in Mongolia. © SDC

23 June 2014 – New publication
2013 Annual Report on Switzerland's International Cooperation
The Annual Report on Switzerland's International Cooperation contains the most important results of the SDC and SECO's engagement in the fight against poverty and reducing global risks. For the first time in 2013 the areas of humanitarian aid, technical and financial cooperation, economic and trade policy measures, and cooperation with Eastern Europe followed a uniform strategy.

Presse release
Annual Report 2013

Médecins Sans Frontières – Switzerland has established four out-patient clinics and a small rural hospital under canvas which enables about 60 patients to be hospitalised. © MSF

20 June 2014 – World Refugee Day
Switzerland’s aid to the displaced persons in South Sudan
The fighting which broke out in December 2013 forced 300,000 South Sudanese people into exile. And over a million internally displaced people live in very poor conditions. The SDC is involved in the region in various ways.

Project: "An island of care in a sea of displaced persons"
Members of the Swiss Humanitarian Aid Unit (SHA) tell their stories
Factsheet: SDC interventions on behalf of refugees and internally displaced persons
Manuel Bessler to the World Refugee Day 2014 (pdf, fr)

A project in the spotlight

Learning by doing – Lithuanian regional manager, Raimondas Danupas, pitches in during a visit to 'Schweizer Tafel' in Bern. © Maistobankas

NGO fund in Lithuania
Lithuanian "Tafel" works together with Swiss counterpart
The Lithuanian NGO, Maistobankas, distributes around eight tonnes of food every day to people in need and to social institutions. Since 2011, the NGO has maintained a close relationship with the "Schweizer Tafel" (Swiss Table), a project of the "Hoffnung für Menschen in Not” (Hope for People in Need) foundation, which also distributes food and has similar goals.

Project in the spotlight

Syrian crisis
Post 2015 Seeking – new development and sustainability goals
Engagement in fragile contexts and prevention of violent conflicts

Swiss operations in the Philippines following Typhoon Haiyan
Report on commodities
Annual Conference on Cooperation with Eastern Europe 2014