The Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) is Switzerland’s international cooperation agency within the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA). In operating with other federal offices concerned, SDC is responsible for the overall coordination of development activities, as well as for the humanitarian aid delivered by the Swiss Confederation.
The goal of development cooperation is to reduce poverty. It is meant to foster economic self-reliance and state autonomy, to contribute to the improvement of production conditions, to help in finding solutions to environmental problems, and to provide better access to education and basic healthcare services.
The SDC works closely with partners in Switzerland, in the different countries involved and within the framework of international forums. It supports partner states and organizations in their own efforts. Engaging in dialogue with the government, with organizations and with business is part of the daily work of staff in the SDC offices abroad, as is coordinating its efforts with the donor countries.
The SDC’s more than 800 programs and projects are concentrated on nine themes. In each case, the chosen focus is geared to the particular needs of each country:
- Agriculture and food security
- Climate change
- Conflict transformation and resilience to crisis
- Basic education and vocational training
- Private sector and financial services
- State reform, local government and civic participation
SDC’s contribution to the total budget of the HAYAT project is US$ 533,395.
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For more information about the Swiss Development Program in Egypt: