OECD Development Co-operation Peer Reviews: Switzerland 2019

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The OECD's Development Assistance Committee (DAC) conducts periodic reviews of the individual development co-operation efforts of DAC members. The policies and programmes of each DAC member are critically examined approximately once every five years. DAC peer reviews assess the performance of a given member, not just that of its development co-operation agency, and examine both policy and implementation. They take an integrated, system-wide perspective on the development co-operation and humanitarian assistance activities of the member under review.

This review assesses the performance of Switzerland including its strategic support to multilateralism in order to tackle global goods and challenges, its comprehensive vision for development and partnerships and the current pressure on development and humanitarian programmes.

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Switzerland’s humanitarian assistance

This chapter looks at how Switzerland minimises the impact of shocks and crises, as well as how it works to save lives, alleviate suffering and maintain human dignity in crisis and disaster settings.Switzerland has a strong humanitarian tradition and has made progress on humanitarian-development-peace coherence. The cross-government Dispatch on International Co-operation and integrated embassies have proved useful in promoting a whole-of-government approach. Coherence with all actors working in a particular context, both inside and outside the Swiss system, could further increase.Switzerland engages in strategic, frank and open partnerships, which it monitors according to the principles of mutual accountability and learning. Switzerland also counts on a broad range of humanitarian tools and fulfils its commitments to localisation according to the “as-local-as-possible” principle. Based on the peer assessment in Ukraine, the peer review team considers that it would be useful for Switzerland to review its continued use of in-kind relief aid, including whether this tool is the most effective use of the humanitarian budget, supports Switzerland moves to fulfil its international commitments, including those in the Grand Bargain, and respects the strong Swiss focus on respecting humanitarian principles.

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