The Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC)

The Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) is Switzerland’s international cooperation agency within the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA). In operating with other federal offices concerned, SDC is responsible for the overall coordination of development activities and cooperation with Eastern Europe, as well as for the humanitarian aid delivered by the Swiss Confederation.

The goal of development cooperation is that of reducing poverty. It is meant to foster economic self-reliance and state autonomy, to contribute to the improvement of production conditions, to help in finding solutions to environmental problems, and to provide better access to education and basic healthcare services.  

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A Knowledge Tree for social forestry

The Knowledge Tree is an online platform providing a rich source of information about and guidance on implementing efficient, equitable and effective social forestry practices in Southeast Asia.

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Cover: Improving people’s water, energy and food security in this remote valley in Nepal requires taking into account climate change (I. Providoli).

Shaping the water–energy–food nexus for resilient mountain livelihoods

This brief presents a participatory process for assessing the status of water–energy–food systems in mountains, identifying governance and technical options and exploring alternative scenarios.

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Cover photo: Remote village in Central Asia. (Photo by A. Uzbekova)

Leaving no one in mountains behind

This issue brief presents initial steps towards localization of the 2030 Agenda to mountain areas.

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Children on their way home from school, Laos

Migration and Sustainable Mountain Development

This publication seeks to provide insights into the complex migration processes and the resulting opportunities and challenges for mountain communities and regions.

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National Inventory Future Glacier Lakes Peru

The following article presents the construction and usefulness of a first National Inventory of Future Glacier Lakes in the Peruvian Andes for new pathways of water and risk management.

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Climate Vulnerability Assessment

Climate Vulnerability Assessment for the Indian Himalayan Region using a common framework

This article explains a first-of-its kind mapping and capacity building initiative on climate vulnerability and risk assessment for the Indian Himalayan Region using a common framework

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