Switzerland

Switzerland

Highlights

GPE Financing Conference video
March 25, 2018
Watch why the GPE Financing Conference held in Dakar on February 1-2, 2018, was the highest-level education financing event of its kind.
A girl writes on her slate during class in Mali. Credit: GPE/Michelle Mesen
July 13, 2017
Switzerland, a GPE donor partner since 2009, has announced an increase of its contribution to the Global Partnership for Education of US$41.5 million for the period 2017-2020.
A girl attends school in Madagascar. Credit: GPE/Carine Durand
February 08, 2017
Switzerland has increased its 2016 contribution to the Global Partnership for Education from US$6.4 million (CHF 6.5 million) to US$9.9 million (CHF10 million) recognizing GPE as a priority...
Pledge for 2018-2020 replenishment:
CHF33,250,000
Share of 2018-2020 pledges:
1.6%
Total contributions to GPE:
US$67,482,811
Share of total contributions:
1.23%

Aid to education

In Switzerland, the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) within the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (DEZA) and the State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO) within the Federal Department of Economic Affairs are the two institutions responsible for defining and implementing the Swiss aid program.

Increased funding for basic education and vocational training is one of the 2017-2020 international cooperation priorities for Switzerland.

Switzerland’s basic education focus centers on the following priorities:

  • Ensuring that educational policies cater to young people and adults who were denied access to basic education.
  • Improving relevance, quality and results.

Top five recipients of Swiss ODA for basic education in 2015 were: Mali, West Bank & Gaza Strip, Niger, Afghanistan, and Haiti.

In 2017, SDC released its education strategy: Basic Education and Vocational Skills Development which highlights the following six education priorities:

  • Global and regional agenda
  • Education system governance
  • Quality and relevance
  • Inclusion and equity
  • Sustainability, cohesion, resilience
  • Transition to work.

Switzerland and GPE

Thomas Gass, Head of South Cooperation Department, Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation. Photo credit: GPE/Heather Shuker
An effective education system that is sustainable can only result from collective and coordinated efforts under the supervision of the State. In that respect, GPE represents a major player in ensuring coordination and non-fragmentation of support to education.
Thomas Gass
Head of South Cooperation Department, Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation

Switzerland is the Board representative of the Donor 1 constituency on the GPE Board. BelgiumLuxembourg, France and Netherlands, are also part of this constituency.

Switzerland is part of the Grants and Performance Committee.

Switzerland increased its 2016 contribution to the Global Partnership for Education from US$6.4 million to US$9.9 million recognizing GPE as a priority organization for Switzerland’s international cooperation.

Last updated December 10, 2018