Member of the OECD Development Assistance Committee (DAC) since 1968.
In 2011, Switzerland’s net ODA amounted to USD 3.09 billion, a 13.2% increase in real terms compared to 2010. This followed a net drop in ODA of 4% in 2010 after steady growth of 8% in 2008 and 12% in 2009. Switzerland’s ODA to GNI ratio increased to 0.46% in 2011, up from 0.40% in 2010 and above the previously highest level of 0.45% set in 2009.
The Swiss Parliament confirmed in February 2011 Switzerland’s commitment to reaching an ODA to GNI ratio of 0.5% by 2015, and the country plans to reach this target by increasing its aid budget at an average of 9% per year.
Key Statistics from the Development Co-operation Report 2012 (DCR)
Switzerland’s aid volume was USD 2.02 billion in 2008, an increase of more than 6% over the previous year, and a total of 0.42% of its gross national income (GNI). In 2008 it had already surpassed its Monterrey commitment to contribute 0.4% of its GNI to ODA by 2010. Switzerland should adopt a 0.5% target for its aid, keeping in mind the 0.7% UN target.
The evaluation of the Swiss Agency for Development's instruments in fragile and conflict-affected contexts found that Switzerland is well positioned to work in fragile states and can play a valuable role in the wider international system. To achieve this potential, the agency needs to become more flexible and needs to compliment its technical efforts with political positioning.