The Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) is aligning itself with the fields of action of modern international cooperation and is adopting a new structure as of 1 September 2022. The SDC is now divided into three geographical divisions, one thematic division and one multilateral division.

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Pandemics, wars and climate change are among the greatest challenges of our time. It has long been the case that crises no longer come one at a time, but rather the longer crises go on, the more they overlap and reinforce each other. If we want to meet these challenges in the long term, we need networked approaches to solutions and an agile way of working. To ensure that we’re equipped to do just that, the SDC is restructuring itself.

The result is a newly reorganised SDC that is more agile and flexible. The SDC is now divided into three geographical divisions, one thematic division and one multilateral division. The seven sections of the thematic division correspond to the priority themes of the International Cooperation Strategy 2021–24. Humanitarian Aid and the Swiss Humanitarian Aid Unit (SHA) will continue to be managed as a separate division. “Bilateral development cooperation should be more closely linked with humanitarian aid, putting people at the centre,” says SDC Director General Patricia Danzi.

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