Member of the OECD Development Assistance Committee (DAC) since 1968.
In 2012, Switzerland’s net ODA amounted to USD 3.02 billion, a 4.5% increase in real terms compared to 2011. Switzerland is one of the few DAC members that have not recorded a contraction of ODA in both 2011 and 2012. These increases reflect Switzerland’s efforts to scale up its development co-operation in order to reach the target of 0.5% of GNI by 2015.
As a share of GNI, Switzerland’s ODA remained at the 2011 level of 0.45% in 2012.
Key Statistics from the Development Co-operation Report 2013 (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.