Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC)


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The Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), founded in 1961 and headquartered in Bern, as part of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs, aims to contribute to a world that is free from poverty and is peaceful. SDC seeks sustainable development pathways and is guided by the Swiss International Cooperation Strategy 2017-2020. According to this approach, cooperation with local actors is key for achieving the sustainable development goals. Climate change and the environment is one of the twelve priority themes of SDC.

Eligibility to Receive Funding

State and non-state entities, including NGOs are eligible for funding. More information on partnerships with NGOs can be found online.

Regional Focus: SDC has a list that identifies partner countries and regions. These countries include, inter alia, Bangladesh, Nepal, Nicaragua, Honduras, Cuba, and countries in Eastern and Southern Africa.

Sector Focus

The climate change-related priority sectors are:

  • Climate adaptation;
  • Sustainable forestry;
  • Energy supply;
  • Funding the fight against climate change;
  • Mountainous regions.

Funding Conditions: Grants and concessional loans

Application Procedure

Apart from direct support or project implementation under SDC’s mandate, NGOs from developing countries may get support from SDC through partnerships with Swiss NGOs. More information can be found online.



Freiburgstrasse 130

3003  Bern, Switzerland

Tel. +41 (0)58 462 34 75

Email: Website: home.html

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