Alliance Sud on development cooperation and development policies of Swizerland.
Our parliament took two astounding decisions this year. It decided in the spring to increase the development aid budget and in the autumn to expand the army and purchase new combat aircraft. Both affect foreign policy, including the decision on the army. What can we expect from them? - By Peter Niggli ...>>
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. ...>>