Aid to education
The Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) within the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs and the State Secretariat for Economic Affairs 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
In 2017, the top recipients of basic education ODA disbursement were: Niger, Mali, Benin, Chad, Lebanon.
Head of South Cooperation Department, Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation
Switzerland and GPE
Switzerland is a member of the Grants and Performance Committee.
In 2016, Switzerland designated GPE a priority organization for its international development program.