Switzerland has renewed its Cooperation Programme in Ukraine

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Since 2014, the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) pursues an “unbiased and even-handed policy towards peacebuilding, policy dialogue and reform processes in Ukraine”.

In March 2020 the SDC released the Cooperation Programm for the years 2020-23. The overall goal of Swiss cooperation is “to support Ukraine on its path towards peace and towards an inclusive society, in which women and men equally contribute to and benefit from public integrity and sustainable growth.”

To this intend four objectives have been defined:

  1. Promote a peaceful resolution of the conflict in eastern Ukraine, ensure respect for international humanitarian law, foster human rights and strengthen democratic governance while also addressing the consequences of the conflict. 
  2. Accelerate low-carbon economic growth and improve the quality of life for people in urban areas. 
  3. Facilitate competitive and inclusive growth. 
  4. Improve the health of the population, especially of people affected by the conflict.

All details, including “learned lessons” from the previous programme (2015-2019) and more information about the implementation of those strategic goals can be found in the official paper.