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Official Development Assistance

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.
International Aid Transparency Initiative (IATI)

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:

IATI-XML Organisation file
IATI–XML Activity file
As at 31.12.2013

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.
SDC expenditure

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.

Current Annual Report SDC / SECO (inculsive Statistics Brochure)

Switzerland’s official 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:

Switzerland’s Official Development Assistance (ODA)
Official Development Assistance (ODA) and private donations by NGOs
Switzerland’s multilateral ODA
Geographical distribution of bilateral ODA

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).

Switzerland compared with other countries

Additional Information and Documents

  • Aide au développement de la Suisse: Statistiques 2012
    Brochure detaillée
    Download (PDF, 2500 KB) [de]   [fr]  
  • Economic repercussions in Switzerland of Swiss development aid
    Study 2010
    Download (PDF, 656 KB) [fr]  
  • The increase in public development aid