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  • Cooperation Strategy Chad 2013–2016
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Website of the Cooperation Office (SDC) Chad: www.swiss-cooperation.admin.ch/tchad/

CHAD.GIFThe main objective of Switzerland's foreign policy in Chad is to combat poverty and contribute to peace and stability in the region by tackling the causes of fragility. The SDC's priorities in this country are to promote the health, education and agricultural sectors. In addition, the SDC provides protection and assistance to populations affected by crises.

Despite the restoration of civil peace and significant oil revenues, Chad remains a fragile state with a high level of poverty. The system of governance is highly centralised and the space for political dialogue and citizen participation is limited. In 2011, almost half the population lived on less than USD 1.30 per day.

The agricultural sector, which faces growing production problems (climate change, soil degradation, demographic pressure), accounts for more than three quarters of the labour force. Owing to low-quality and ineffective services, most of the population has limited access to health care and quality education.

In Chad, Switzerland supports the establishment of effective systems of health care, education, and agriculture and livestock production. It also aims to restore citizens' trust in the state and endeavours to act at the local, regional and national levels. Switzerland also strives to carry out complementary development, humanitarian aid and peace-building activities.

Swiss International Cooperation 2011
mill. CHF
mill. CHF
mill. CHF
Bilateral development cooperation 8.65 11.73 14.29
Humanitarian aid 2.11 2.33 2.54
State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO)
Economic Cooperation and Development
Total SDC/SECO 10.76 14.06 16.83
Other Federal Offices
FDFA Human Security Division and Directorate of International Law 0.11 0.20 0.29
Total other Federal Offices 0.11 0.20 0.29
Cantons and municipalities 0.07 0.66 ..
Total 10.94 14.92 17.12
SDC figures excluding program contributions to Swiss NGOs
.. = figures not available | – = nil or amount < 5'000 CHF

Reducing mortality and morbidity
The SDC provides technical assistance to the Chadian state to establish a system of universal health coverage. It supports the establishment of mutual health insurance schemes and is improving the organisation and performance of health services in two of the country's districts. Ensuring access to drinking water and sanitation and improving hygiene practices are also important SDC activities in Chad.

Higher quality of health care
Health care centre attendance has grown by half in SDC intervention zones, the quality of health care has improved, and there has been a discernible positive impact on the health of mothers and children. By 2016, the SDC aims to establish transparent, efficient and participatory management of the health care system. Another objective is to reduce maternal and infant mortality and the prevalence of diarrhoeal diseases, control epidemics (polio, meningitis, measles), and strengthen immunisation services.

Improving the quality of education
The SDC takes an active part in the dialogue on education policy. It strives to strengthen basic and further teacher training systems, supports the management and supervision of schools, and improves the learning environment. With its support, innovative educational programmes tailored to the needs of teachers and students are being developed.

Encouraging results
Thanks to the SDC, some 59,000 pupils – almost half of them girls – have attended school in areas that previously had no schools. In addition, more than 6,000 adults have been taught to read and write. From 2014, the SDC aims to improve the quality of basic education for girls and boys in two priority regions in Chad and to focus its efforts on adult literacy programmes.

Agriculture and food security
Diversification of agricultural production and higher incomes for rural households
The SDC is helping to improve knowledge and management of water resources in Chad, as well as the management of valley bottoms that are periodically flooded. It is supporting the recovery of the crop production system, helping to jump start the production of shea butter, peanuts and vegetable crops, and to protect pastoral livestock farming.

Rehabilitated rural tracks and modified waterways
The rehabilitation of 1,000km of rural tracks and waterway engineering have opened up the north-east of Chad and increased agricultural production. Thanks to the SDC's support, rural families can expect to see improvements in their income and consequently also in their food security.

Humanitarian aid
Supporting internally displaced persons
Given that several hundred thousand people are refugees (mainly in Darfur) and internally displaced, the protection of civilians remains a major humanitarian challenge in Chad. By focusing on sustainable solutions for displaced populations and their hosts, Swiss Humanitarian Aid contributes to the international effort to provide assistance and protection to populations affected by crises. It is stepping up the fight against epidemics by strengthening vaccination campaigns. Its efforts to prevent food crises and ensure emergency food distribution are also improving the resilience of local communities.

History of cooperation
More than four decades of support
Swiss cooperation activities in Chad began in 1964 with support for agricultural vocational education and training, followed by VET programmes in the fields of public health (1970) and education (1972). The SDC opened its first cooperation office in the country in 1984, in N’Djamena.

From 2013, the SDC set itself the objective of tackling the causes of fragility. It continues to work at the local level, but in order to increase its impact, it is placing the country's institutions at the heart of its efforts.

Country profile: Chad

Facts and figures
Surface area
Annual population growth rate (since 1990)
Life expectancy at birth women / men
Adult illiteracy rate: women / men
Gross Domestic Product GDP per capita
Percentage of population with less than 2 USD per day
51.0 / 48.1
75.8 / 55.0
Source: World Bank's World Development Indicators 2013
Background information provided by the BBC

Local SDC contact address:

Chad (N'Djamena)

Bureau de la Coopération Suisse au Tchad
B.P. 1102
N'Djamena - Tchad

Phone +235 251 73 14
Fax + 235 22 51 74 16
Email ndjamena@sdc.net
Website www.swiss-cooperation.admin.ch/tchad/

Additional Information and Documents

Here, you will find more publications, links, documents and articles about Swiss development cooperation and humanitarian aid in this country.