International cooperation

Alliance Sud advocates for effective and efficient international cooperation that is consistently geared towards the needs of local people and strengthens civil society.

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Development cooperation

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Multilateral cooperation

What it is about

Alliance Sud is committed to international cooperation that is guided by the fundamental statutory mandate, namely to "assist in the alleviation of need and poverty in the world and promote respect for human rights and democracy, the peaceful coexistence of peoples as well as the conservation of natural resources" (Art. 54, Swiss Federal Constitution). Among other things, this calls for a resolute focus on the world's poorest and most vulnerable people. Yet, new tasks and instruments of Swiss international cooperation (IC) – such as climate finance or growing cooperation with the private sector – could undermine the focus on the poorest and most disadvantaged. It must be ensured that these new IC tasks are also aligned with the fundamental statutory mandate and are in essence geared towards alleviating need and poverty in the world.