Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation SDC

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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 and cooperation with Eastern Europe, as well as for the humanitarian aid delivered by the Swiss Confederation. The goal of development cooperation is that of reducing 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.


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Switzerland for a Water Secure World – Networking CocktailMonday, 13. April 2015 EXCO - Swiss booth
Access to reliable water services – Swiss experiences from Central Asia and the Western BalkansThursday, 16. April 2015 EXCO - Swiss booth

Thematic expertise

Integrated Water Resources Management

  • Watershed & land management (basin/local level, participatory/multi-stakeholder planning)
  • National/transboundary watershed management (incl. policy/institutional issues)
  • Data collection and modelling (GIS, hydrology, etc.)
  • Water policy (processes at international & national levels)
  • Other

Water for people

  • Legal and regulatory framework
  • Rural/ semi-urban water supply and sanitation
  • Human right to water and sanitation (include water quality, equity, accountability, etc.) Water technologies (water supply and treatment)
  • Sanitation technologies
  • Hygiene promotion and behavior changes
  • Operation and maintenance, monitoring (soft aspects)
  • Financing
  • Other

Water for food

  • Irrigation techniques (e.g. efficiency of irrigation technologies)
  • Operation and maintenance of infrastructure (soft aspects)
  • Supply chains & commercialization
  • Other

Water for other uses

  • Water for energy (hydroelectric techniques, management and financing, water food energy nexus)
  • Water processing
  • Corporate risks and opportunities (including water footprint, waterstewardship)

Water for nature

  • Payments for watershed services
  • DRR (flood management/ drought)

Water and climate change

  • Adaptation
  • Mitigation

Geographic expertise

Contact Person

Global Programme Water Initiatives -


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Factsheet Global Programme Water Initiatives [pdf - 232.51 KB]The programmes, projects and contributions of the Global Programme Water Initiatives meet key global challenges related to the management of water resources, including access to drinking water and the use of water for agriculture, industry and households. By focusing on inequity and poverty, [...]
Poster Global Programme Water Initiatives [pdf - 3.87 MB]