Scarcity of water is threatening millions of hectares of rice fields. The International Rice Research Consortium supported by the SDC has trained over 125,000 farmers in South and East Asia in the use of an irrigation technique that requires up to 30% less water for the same crop yield.
China is one of the three largest producers of greenhouse gases. Consequently, its climate policy is a matter of importance for the world as a whole. The SDC is helping China draw up new national climate legislation. In addition, as part of the “Low Carbon Cities China” initiative, Switzerland has entered into partnership with five Chinese cities with a population of over a million. The goal is to promote the introduction of climate-friendly energy management based on the model of the Swiss Energy City and the “European Energy Award”.
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Finance and Trade
Taxation is indispensable for financing public services and reducing dependency on external support. With the help of SECO, countries such as Ghana and Mozambique have initiated both fiscal and administrative reforms. In Ghana this resulted in an increase in tax revenue relative to gross domestic product from 12.7% to 18.8% between 2002 and 2010, enabling the country to provide a higher level of internal financing in the fight against poverty.
Focus on global risks and fragile states
Switzerland’s International Cooperation is focusing more strongly on global challenges and cross-border risks, who damage development opportunities, particularly for poor countries :
Switzerland is developing innovative solutions in these areas as part of its “global programmes”. This will enable Switzerland to exert a targeted influence on international policy and the negotiation of global regulations.
Switzerland is strengthening its commitment in fragile states: inadequate state structures further heighten the problem of poverty. Weak governance, a lack of legal security and corruption can all nullify the successes achieved through development. According to the World Bank, per capita income increases threefold in countries in which governance is improved.
Switzerland is committed to democracy, the rule of law and human rights and promotes effective state and civil society institutions. As a neutral country with no colonial baggage, Switzerland is well placed to work in this difficult field and achieve good results.
Additional Information and Documents
- Un seul monde
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No. 2/2012 : États fragiles / Afghanistan / Palestine
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- Fragile states: Adapting and enhancing commitment
- Global challenges – Brief information on the global themes
- The global challenges: SDC Director-General Martin Dahinden explains the priorities
- Global Programs