Alliance Sud on development cooperation and development policies of Swizerland.
The international trend towards public-private partnerships with multinationals in the field of development aid is growing. The Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) too has jumped onto the bandwagon. The expectations are clear, but the criteria for cooperation, on the contrary, are vague. ...>>
The Swiss Parliament decided this spring to increase official development aid (ODA) to 0.5 per cent of gross national income by 2015. For years Alliance Sud and other NGOs had fought for this increase. Even though Switzerland is still far short of the UN target of 0.7 per cent, the decision is still a success. ...>>
Despite the economic crisis, development aid by many European countries is either still increasing or stagnating at a high level. However, that cooperation is focusing more sharply on the private sector and is therefore being instrumentalized. The poorest countries are being left empty-handed. ...>>
Should Switzerland step up its international involvement and where should the priorities be? The Parliament will be addressing these questions in the coming months. For Alliance Sud, increasing development cooperation is of central importance. ...>>
What does it take for the development work of civil society organisations to be effective? NGOs worldwide are currently discussing this question. In Switzerland, Alliance Sud has surveyed 50 organizations. ...>>