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The following videos provide concrete examples of the SDC’s engagement by illustrating its activities in various domains as conducted in different regions of the world.



Smallholders and family farms
Feeding the world – ensuring sustainability: smallholder and family farms
Three films produced by the SDC deal with smallholder and family farms. “Can we feed the world?“ deals with rising food prices that mainly affect the poor and explores what can be done to tackle this problem. The second film, “Today’s reality of smallholder farms“), documents the living conditions of smallholders in West Africa through the story of one family. “Realizing the potential of smallholder farming“ recounts the SDC’s long-standing efforts on behalf of smallholder farmers.

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Annual Development Cooperation Conference 2013, Lugano
A fragile world – Young People’s Perspectives
The Annual Development Cooperation Conference 2013 in Lugano focused on the issue of fragility. Three projects and various speeches presented the work of the SDC and SECO in fragile contexts. The web dossier contains, among other materials, speeches by John Kon Kelei, a former child soldier in today's South Sudan, Federal Councillor Johann N. Schneider-Ammann and many others.

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Annual Conference of Swiss Cooperation with Eastern Europe 2013, Bern
Swiss Enlargement Contribution – Significance, Impact, Opportunities
This year's Annual Conference of Swiss Cooperation with Eastern Europe focuses on Switzerland's enlargement contribution to the new EU member states. Videos presenting six projects, speeches by Federal Councillor Didier Burkhalter, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic, Karel Schwarzenberg, and Latvian Minister of Finance, Andris Vilks, can be found on the enlargement contribution website.

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Videos: Fishing and fertiliser trees

Three short films on projects supported by the SDC in Cambodia and Africa
Fishing and fertiliser trees: how agricultural research is making an impact in developing countries
Working with the European Initiative for Agricultural Research for Development (EIARD), the SDC has financed 20 case studies on the impact of agricultural research in developing countries. Three of these have been turned into short films: on awarding fishing concessions to local fishing communities in Cambodia; on successful spread of fertiliser tree cultivation; and on natural methods to combat lethal fungal toxins (aflatoxins) in Africa.

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Video Reducing drought

Reducing the human made drought
Building resilience – people with greener land
Strengthening the resilience to drought and disaster through sustainable land management is key. Land users’ experiences concerning resilient land management practices are highlighted in the trailer; the importance of up-scaling these experiences is shown. If people around the globe manage land in a sustainable way and share their experiences, resilience to climate change, drought, and disaster can be strengthened. The key question remains: how can these experiences on resilient land management be linked and integrated into the national drought policy?

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Annual Conference of Switzerland’s Humanitarian Aid 2013
The activities of Swiss Humanitarian Aid in Mali, Myanmar and Lebanon
The videos created for the Annual Conference portray Switzerland’s humanitarian aid operations. The video on Mali provides an insight into the SDC’s support to refugees from the northern part of Mali who have fled to the capital of Bamako. The video on Myanmar describes the efforts made by the SDC in setting up hospitals in particularly remote areas. The video on Lebanon accompanies a member of the SDC on her visits to various Syrian refugee families whose Lebanese hosts receive support from the SDC. All three videos are available on the Dossier page of the Annual Conference.

Videos (de/fr)


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Annual Conference on Cooperation with Eastern Europe 2012
Employment in the Western Balkans: Challenges of a Young Market Economy
The Video Clips show projects of the SDC and SECO designed to promote vocational training and youth employment in Albania, Serbia, and in Bosnia and Herzegovina. In addition, you can follow the discussions of the experts in the panels, listen to the address given by Federal Councillor Schneider-Ammann, and sit in on an interview with SDC Director-General Dahinden via the film clips taken during the Conference.

Videos (de/en)


Films on projects from Central Asia

Clean Water
Taking the water supply into their own hands – Films on projects from Central Asia
Without water, no development. Because Central Asian countries are unable to supply clean water to rural areas in the densely populated Fergana Valley, many of the 10 million people living in the region are suffering from diseases caused by contaminated water. Films on seven projects – extracts from the film «Entlang dem Syrdarja» (Along the Syrdarja, Max Schmid, 2009) – show how a project financed by the SDC helps people to help themselves.

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Videos of the Annual Converence of Swiss Humanitarian Aid 2012 [© DEZA]

Annual Conference of Swiss Humanitarian Aid 2012
Sharing Responsibility – Films on Projects in Kenya, Colombia, and Tunisia
The four films on projects that were shown at the Annual Conference of Swiss Humanitarian Aid provided a clear picture of how the commitment of Swiss Humanitarian Aid concretely unfolds in the field, and how the Conference Motto «Sharing Responsibility» is implemented. The films delve into the internationally coordinated aid to refugees in the Horn of Africa, the cooperation of Swiss Humanitarian Aid with civil society in Colombia, and the activities undertaken in response to the upheavals in the Arab world.

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Water
Women’s Voices across the Water
Switzerland is committed to the major global development issues; water is one of them. These portraits of women from all around the world and the stories they tell reveal different aspects of water: Water for Life, Water for Peace. Ten women talk about their perceptions of water and their relationship to it, through their life experiences. These women's voices bear testimony to the need for urgent action to manage sustainably and fairly this vital resource.

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Annual Conference on Swiss Cooperation with Eastern Europe and the CIS 2011
Clean water in South-eastern Europe – four projects in Albania and Moldova
For more than 20 years, Switzerland has been supporting countries in South-eastern Europe in building reliable water-supply systems. At the SDC and SECO Annual Conference on Swiss Cooperation with Eastern Europe and the CIS, specialists and representatives of government authorities discussed both achievements and the challenges ahead. Videos of the Conference present four projects in Albania and Moldova and give the families concerned the opportunity to speak.

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Annual Development Cooperation Conference 2011
Innovative Projects
The videos present three innovative projects. With the support of the SDC, the Indian organization WOTR helps Indian villages to solve problems in the domain of water provision in response to changes in climate. In Tanzania, for example, with its REPSSI project, the SDC has launched an initiative for the psycho-social supervision of AIDS orphans, while with the Bolivian Foundation PROFIN, it is developing micro-finance solutions to enhance the production conditions of winegrowers in Bolivia.

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San José Las Flores – a community in El Salvador takes action
Waste Water – A 21st Century Challenge
The tragic loss of 37 children due to a cholera epidemic prompted the community of San José Las Flores to take action and tackle the sewage problem in their village. Thanks to its own initiative, and with support from SDC, San José Las Flores became one of the first villages not only in El Salvador but also in Central America to implement an innovative, sustainable and environmentally sound solution to the disposal and treatment of its domestic wastewater.

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50 Years SDC
The History of Swiss Development Cooperation
In 2011, the SDC will be turning 50. This video portrays the history of the SDC as it evolves from the Service for Technical Cooperation into the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation. Inspired by the jubilee motto «50 Years SDC – More than Aid», the video not only looks back at past achievements, but also casts a glance at the future.

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Pakistan

Pakistan
Emergency Relief and Reconstruction following the worst Floods for a Century
Some 20 million people have been left suffering in the wake of the floods of the century that hit Pakistan in 2010. Switzerland delivered emergency assistance and is presently supporting the disaster-hit region in the rehabilitation of infrastructure. Over 2000 water wells and 16'000 groundwater pumps have been cleaned and disinfected. In addition, the SDC is active in the rebuilding of schools and bridges that were destroyed. This video traces the SDC’s path from emergency relief to reconstruction, while at the same time delving into current problems and challenges.

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Swiss Rescue
Video on the exercise conducted for certification of compliance with UN Standards
In receiving certification of compliance with UN standards, Switzerland has been recognized as fulfilling the international operational requirements for search and rescue teams. This video sows the certification exercise “Insieme” that took place from 17 to 21 November 2008.

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Switzerland’s contribution to EU enlargement
An interim review
For three years Switzerland has been using its enlargement contribution to help reduce the social and economic disparities in the enlarged EU. Four films show a selection of projects which are being implemented in Poland, Hungary and Estonia.

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Annual Development Cooperation Conference
Food security
Today, food production and supply are highly globalized. Indeed, this situation presents developing countries with new challenges, yet at the same time provides them with new opportunities.

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Videos Water

Water
Success Stories of Swiss Development Cooperation
Why do farmers in Bangladesh daily pedal 2 hours in order to irrigate their fields? Why is waste water a precious resource? Should the Dogon people in Mali abandon the land of their ancestors because of severe droughts? What is the worth of a plastic bottle for people with no access to clean water? In this videos, experts tell short stories about the success of Swiss Development Cooperation in the field of water.

Videos (de/fr/en)


Video Unterkünfte Haiti

Haiti
Rebuilding the country after the earthquake
The violent earthquake that struck Haiti in January 2010 caused devastating damage. The emergency aid released immediately by the Swiss government boosted existing resources, which should be consolidated and continue in the future. The following videos show what action the SDC has taken on the ground.

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Climate change
The implications for the South and Swiss solutions
While the poorer countries of the South have done little to contribute to global warming, they are among those hardest hit by its consequences. These films describe the impact of climate change on the continents of Asia, Africa and America, and examine the tangible contribution that Swiss development cooperation can make to solving these problems.

 

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Mekong: food security and economic development
Development driven by food security and globalisation
Over the last 20 years, globalisation has radically changed the Mekong region in Southeast Asia. The Mekong region is a rice basket of regional and global importance, but its path to private enterprise has been paved with problems. The following films offer a glimpse of the economic and social challenges of globalisation which the region faces, particularly Vietnam and Laos.

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Western Balkans
Innovation and entrepreneurship in the Balkans
The scars left by the fall of the Berlin Wall are still visible in several countries in the Western Balkans. By following the lives of local business people, these films show the contribution that Switzerland has made to help these countries on the path towards stability. They look at projects aimed at improving vocational training opportunities, raising income and cutting down on bureaucracy.

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Zimbabwe
«Voucher for seed»
After decades of abundance, Zimbabwe is now suffering great economic distress. Without aid from abroad in particular, many Zimbabweans would starve. The SDC, in partnership with organisations such as Safire, Sat and Profood and the Zimbabwean Ministry of Agriculture, has established a project of seed distribution in return for seed vouchers. The video presents the various phases of this humanitarian measure, from the identification of persons in need to the teaching of innovative agricultural methods to voucher holders to the implementation of the project.

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Indonesia
Engagement in Padang
Swiss humanitarian aid provides assistance to persons in need throughout the world. It also acts in cases of acute crisis. The first excerpt shows the work of Swiss rescuers in the ruins of a hotel after the earthquake in Indonesia in October 2009. The second follows the distribution of Swiss aid to the Indonesian medical corps.

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Bangladesh
Learning to live with natural hazards
In November 2007, the devastating cyclone “Sidr” ripped through Bangladesh, leaving death and destruction in its wake. An SDC exploratory team provided emergency aid and laid the groundwork for reconstruction efforts. Preventive and protective measures, like those taken by Swiss Humanitarian Aid, help save thousands of human lives.

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Sudan
A day in the life of an SDC coordinator in southern Sudan
This film offers a glimpse into the day-to-day life of a member of the Swiss Humanitarian Aid Unit (SHA), who is responsible for coordinating a reconstruction programme in southern Sudan. It shows not only the challenges but also the appreciable progress made by the SDC on the ground, which ultimately has allowed Sudanese exiles to return home and make a fresh start.

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«Rundschau» report on Burkina Faso
A day in the life of an SDC coordinator in Burkina Faso
Burkina Faso is one of the poorest countries on the planet. This documentary offers an insight into the activities of the SDC on the ground by following SDC director Philippe Fayet as he goes about his day-to-day work, including a visit to a market and an abattoir, both of which were funded by the SDC.

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Traverse interviews
Interviews on controversial issues
High-profile personalities from the scientific, political, economic, societal, and cultural sectors are invited to discuss current issues from a wide range of viewpoints.

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Sodis
An innovative and green approach to wastewater treatment
It may be taken for granted by industrialised nations, but access to water is far from a given in many countries across the world. One of the UN Millennium Goals is sustainable access to safe drinking water for everyone. This film looks at Sodis, the method developed by the Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich (ETHZ), which uses solar power to disinfect drinking water. Given that safe drinking water plays a vital role in poverty reduction, the SDC is committed to supporting this promising ETHZ project.

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Great Lakes region
Rural planning and public health in Rwanda and Burundi
International humanitarian aid continues to flow into the Great Lakes, a region which has been torn apart by regional conflicts since the 1990s. This aid is intended to set the region on the road towards reconstruction. The following films look at examples of rural planning in Rwanda and Burundi, as well as public health projects, which the SDC has helped to fund.

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Potatoes
History and development challenges
The following films trace the history of the potato from its origins in the Andes to its ubiquitous presence throughout the world, and looks at actual examples of developments and possible improvements in this humble tuber. One of the films, for example, looks at SDC funding of potato-related research in Peru. These documentaries, which were filmed in Nepal and Bolivia, illustrate how the potato can be used successfully to combat poverty and malnutrition.

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Burkina Faso: Youth and education
Giving young people a chance
Young people in Burkina Faso encounter problems in many areas of life, including access to education and an effective health care system, as a vox pop with young people in Ouagadougou makes very clear. The following films show what Switzerland and the SDC are doing in the country to improve this situation.

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Poland: Swiss enlargement contribution
Structural change in Poland
The subject of these documentaries are two very different parts of Poland –the spa town and rural tourist resort of Rabka and Silesia, the country’s northern industrial heartland. The reports look at the impact of rapid structural change, examine what the future might hold for Poland in general, and show how the Swiss enlargement contribution is spent.

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