Official development assistance (ODA) is defined by the OECD as being the total financial flows that are
- from the official sector (Confederation, cantons and municipalities);
- promoting economic development and welfare of developing countries as their main objective;
- concessional in character (grants and loans at concessional terms);
- provided to countries and territories on the DAC List of ODA Recipients (2011-2013 : 148) and to multilateral development institutions as defined by the OECD.
The IATI standard is a technical publishing framework allowing open data from different organisations to be compared. It uses an XML format, a machine-readable “mark-up” language that allows
programmes to extract data. For more information on IATI, visit:
SDC services and Switzerland’s development assistance: facts and figures
The Swiss Agency for Development and
Cooperation (SDC) provides humanitarian aid and longer-term development cooperation in the South and East. Its aims is pursued both through direct cooperation with the individual countries and
with international organizations like the United Nations.
Switzerland’s development cooperation is coordinated by the SDC in conjunction with the State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO).The International Cooperation Annual Report takes stock of the activities of both federal agencies and provides an overview of Swiss development assistance statistics.
development assistance and private assistance
In addition to the SDC and SECO, other federal offices, cantons and municipalities support projects and programmes in developing countries. All these government players contribute to Switzerland’s Official Development Assistance (ODA), while many private Swiss organizations also participate in development cooperation:
Swiss Official Development
Assistance compared with that of other countries
In 2013, Swiss Official Development Assistance accounted for 0.47% of Gross National Income (GNI). Switzerland ranks 8th among the 28 donor countries of the OECD’s Development Assistance Committee (DAC).