SDC Humanitarian Aid Mission

Humanitarian aid helps to save lives and alleviate suffering. Swiss Humanitarian Aid, which operates on the ground with experts from the Swiss Humanitarian Aid Unit (SHA), delivers aid either through its own programs or by sharing its know-how with partner organizations. It also supports the implementation of partner organizations’ programs, particularly by way of financial contributions and relief goods. Its main partners are the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), UN humanitarian organizations, national and international NGOs as well as Swiss aid agencies.

The Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), the State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO) and the FDFA’s Human Security Division (HSD) lead Switzerland’s work in international cooperation.

Technical cooperation and financial assistance for developing countries

The SDC strives to reduce all forms of poverty and exposure to global risks such as climate change or food insecurity. Aligning itself with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the SDC works to improve living conditions for people in developing countries while, at the same time, ensuring the sustainability of natural resources and protection of biodiversity. Tackling poverty requires both local and global solutions. For the 2017–2020 period, the SDC again focuses its efforts on three main lines of action:

Bilateral cooperation with priority countries and priority regions
Five global programs to address global challenges (climate change and the environment, food security, water, health, migration, and development)
Multilateral cooperation through dialogue and contributions to UN development organizations, development banks, and other global funds and networks.

SDC in Armenia

The Syunik and Vayots Dzor provinces in southern Armenia produce things Armenian consumers have a big appetite for high-quality beef and dairy products. Many families have cattle but are unable to make the most of their livestock:
Poor animal fodder and limited access to veterinarians and to markets for their produce mean most farmers in the region live at subsistence level. The Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) project is helping farmers from 100 rural communities to increase their milk and meat production, thereby increasing their incomes. Around 14,000 families (almost 60,000 people) benefit directly and indirectly from the project. This will be achieved by improving animal health through supporting local veterinarian services, supporting better access to milk and meat markets, and promoting the learning and sharing of know-how among farmers. To know more about the SCD project in the South of Armenia: