A multibillion-dollar proposal to modernize Switzerland’s development cooperation is now before the Swiss parliament and awaiting approval.
On Wednesday (Feb. 15), the Federal Council sent to Parliament a bill containing the orientation of Switzerland’s international cooperation for 2013 to 2016. The cabinet has earmarked 11.35 billion Swiss francs ($12.4 billion) for the said bill, which covers humanitarian aid, development cooperation, economic and trade policy measures, and funds for eastern European countries.
Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation Director-General Martin Dahinden told Devex in January that the bill will have a stronger focus on fragile and conflict contexts. Global issues such as climate change, water and food security, health and migration will play an important role in the aid reform as well.
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