OECD Development Co-operation Peer Reviews: Switzerland 2019

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Published on April 05, 2019

Also available in: French

The OECD's Development Assistance Committee (DAC) conducts periodic reviews of the individual development co-operation efforts of DAC members. The policies and programmes of each DAC member are critically examined approximately once every five years. DAC peer reviews assess the performance of a given member, not just that of its development co-operation agency, and examine both policy and implementation. They take an integrated, system-wide perspective on the development co-operation and humanitarian assistance activities of the member under review.This review assesses the performance of Switzerland including its strategic support to multilateralism in order to tackle global goods and challenges, its comprehensive vision for development and partnerships and the current pressure on development and humanitarian programmes.


Conducting the peer review
Abbreviations and acronyms
Switzerland’s aid at a glance
Context of the peer review of Switzerland
The DAC’s main findings and recommendations
Switzerland’s global efforts for sustainable development
Switzerland’s policy vision and framework
Switzerland’s financing for development
Switzerland’s structure and systems
Switzerland’s delivery modalities and partnerships
Switzerland’s results, evaluation and learning
Switzerland’s humanitarian assistance
Annexes4 chapters available
Progress since the 2013 DAC peer review recommendations
OECD/DAC standard suite of tables
Field visit to Ukraine
Organisational charts
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Read the DAC's main findings and recommendations, available in English and in French.


Read Switzerland’s management response, available in French

Switzerland as a valued development partner

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A good practice excerpt from the peer review: Switzerland’s global programmes

Switzerland has developed an innovative, multi-layered approach to influencing the international debate on six global challenges identified as having a disproportionate impact on the poorest and most vulnerable: climate change, food security, water, migration, health as well as finance and trade. For each of these challenges, Switzerland has developed a global programme aimed at promoting innovation and supporting knowledge creation and exchange. Global programmes combine technical expertise, operational programmes and contributions to the shaping of international norms. Results and evidence from projects “on the ground” back Switzerland’s advocacy efforts, strengthening its ability to influence policies in multilateral fora and, hence, build synergies between its bilateral and multilateral engagement. Close collaboration with multilateral organisations and global leaders to leverage resources and develop joint policy strategies on these six global challenges has proven successful in influencing global norms.

Read chapter 2 of the peer review for more on Switzerland's global programmes

Switzerland's implementation of peer review recommendations from 2013


Read about the implementation of the 2013 recommendations (Annex A)

 About this review

Switzerland's peer review history

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