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Commitment in Syria
Switzerland provides humanitarian aid to protect and help the people affected by the crisis both in Syria and its neighbouring countries. Impegno

Middle East

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Safe, viable and peaceful living conditions in the Middle East

The comprehensive aid approach SDC has developed in the Middle East includes the optimal complementary use of personal funds, intervention modalities, instruments, approaches and knowledge stemming from both humanitarian aid and development cooperation. It also takes into account the primarily regional character of many key humanitarian and development challenges. The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) is the major regional partner.

Furthermore, in order to benefit from synergies and complementary interests SDC cooperates in a whole-of-government approach with other Swiss departments and their sub-units such as the Federal Office for Migration, Political Affairs Division IV or the State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO).

SDC’s most important target groups in the region are Palestine refugees, refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs) from and in Syria and the neighbouring countries and other, economically and socially vulnerable persons such as, for instance, migrant workers. Regional and cross-national aspects in the areas of water management and migration will receive high priority in the years to come. Conflict-sensitive programme management (CSPM), gender, Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) climate change and governance will be systematically taken into account in the design of programmes and projects.

The three cooperation offices in Jerusalem, Beirut and Amman work closely together in the implementation of all regional programmes and projects.

Additional Information and Documents

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