Research as well as technological, social and political innovation play an essential role in reducing poverty and global risks. Science contributes to solving development problems and helps to cope with future challenges. It questions and analyses, delivers new findings and well-founded recommendations, and in doing so creates the basis for a transformation process towards sustainable development in all regions of the world.
Research and science
International scientific cooperation has a long tradition in Switzerland. The SDC has been working together with Swiss universities and higher education institutions as well as many research institutes in Eastern Europe, Africa, Asia and Latin America for many decades. The SDC primarily supports research that focuses on global challenges such as poverty and hunger, inequality, resource scarcity and environmental change in developing regions.
Research findings and solution-oriented approaches support the preparation and implementation of development programmes and projects. They contribute to the effectiveness of international cooperation.
In Switzerland, around CHF 50 million earmarked for official development assistance (ODA) is invested in development-relevant research every year.