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Egypt.gifThe popular uprisings in Egypt at the beginning of 2011 shook Egyptian society and state structures. In order to ensure that conditions were as favourable as possible for a successful transition to democracy, the Federal Council reacted rapidly and on 11 March 2011 it decided to considerably increase Switzerland's activity in the medium term.

The Swiss programme for North Africa for the period 2011–2016 responds to the priorities on the ground and concentrates on three key areas:

1. Transition towards democracy and human rights;
2. Economic development and employment;
3. Migration and protection
A draft agreement for the implementation of Swiss activities in Egypt is due to be signed shortly with the Ministry of International Co-operation.
Swiss International Cooperation 2011
mill. CHF
mill. CHF
mill. CHF
Bilateral development cooperation 2.63 7.19 3.34
Humanitarian aid 0.52 0.40 0.12
State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO)
Economic Cooperation and Development 6.33 4.38 9.95
Total SDC/SECO 9.48 11.97 13.41
Other Federal Offices
FDFA Human Security Division and Directorate of International Law 0.60 1.07 1.22
Federal Office for Migration (FOM) 0.28
State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation (SERI) 0.07 0.10 0.09
Total other Federal Offices 0.67 1.17 1.59
Cantons and municipalities 0.04 0.01 ..
Total 10.19 13.15 15.00
SDC figures excluding program contributions to Swiss NGOs
.. = figures not available | – = nil or amount < 5'000 CHF

Switzerland's activity

The Swiss programme for Egypt is to be implemented in a coordinated, coherent and complementary manner by the various units of the Swiss government, i.e., the State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO); the FDFA’s Directorate of Political Affairs (PD), Directorate of Public International Law (DPIL), and Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC); and the Federal Office for Migration (FOM).

Switzerland’s support is based on a focused and sustainable partnership that responds to needs. Equality of treatment for men and women is an integral part of all projects. For the purpose of implementation, a programme office has been incorporated into the Swiss Embassy in Cairo. The current status of operational activities is as follows (status of October 2012):

Domaine 1: Transition vers la démocratie et droits humains

Electoral process and political dialogue:

Security Sector Reform:

Recovery of illicit assets and efforts to combat corruption:

Strengthening civil society, human rights and a dealing with the past approach:

Domaine 2: Economic development and employment

Job creation and strengthening of the private sector:

Improvement of the climate for investment and competitiveness

Improvement of access to basic public infrastructures and services:

Public Financial Management

Domaine 3: Migration and protection

Information about Egypt

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
75.2 / 71.3
36.5 / 19.7
Source: World Bank's World Development Indicators 2013

Local SDC contact address:

Egypt (Cairo)

Programme Office Egypt
24, Gamal al-Din Abou al-Mahassen street
Garden City
11451 Cairo - Egypt

Phone +20 (0) 2 2795 1536
+20 (0) 2 2794 3638
Fax +20 (0) 2 2795 9413
Email cairo@sdc.net

Additional Information and Documents

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