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Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation

SDC is organized and funded by the Swiss government and operates by financing programs both directly and in partnership with other agencies to countries around the world.
Brief Overview
The Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) is part of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs. Its mandate is based on the Federal Law on International Development Cooperation and Humanitarian Aid enacted on 19 March 19, 1976, and on a federal decree of March 24, 1995, on cooperation with the countries of Eastern Europe.
Contact Information

Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC)
Federal Department of Foreign Affairs
Eigerstrasse 73
CH - 3003 Bern


Stated Goals
The primary philosophy of SDC is to fight poverty through participatory programs, creating sustainable improvements in peoples’ lives by involving them in the process. Its main intentions are to improve access to education and basic health care, to promote environmental health, to encourage economic and governmental autonomy, and to improve equity in labor.
Regions of Work
Primarily concentrated on 16 countries in Africa, Latin America, Eastern Europe, Middle East, and Asia
Areas of Work
1. Foreign policy
2. Development policy
3. Education
4. Flora, Fauna, Agriculture
5. History
6. Society
7. Trade
8. Industry, Engineering
9. Communications
10. Domestic Politics
11. Culture, Religion, Languages
12. Medicine, health, psychology
13. Nature, Environment
14. Law
15. Traffic
16. Economy
SDC provides services through direct operations, by supporting the programs of multilateral organizations, and by co-financing and making financial contributions to the programs of both Swiss and international private assistance agencies.
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