Nov 01
Rule of Law Index 2022 – Rule of law continues to decline globally

The rule of law has declined globally for the fifth year in a row. This reveals the latest publication of the World Justice Projects. “Authoritarian trends that predate the pandemic continue to erode the rule of law,” said Elizabeth Andersen, executive director of the World Justice Project (WJP). “Checks on executive power are weakening and respect for human rights is falling.” As a result, 4.4 billion people live in a country where rule of law is declining.  

The most dramatic rule of law declines have been in Index factors associated with rising authoritarianism. Respect for fundamental human rights and freedoms is down in three-quarters of countries since 2015, and “Constraints on Government Powers”–including oversight by the judiciary, legislature, and media–has fallen in two-thirds of countries studied.

Many SDC priority countries figure among the top movers - in both the positive and negative sense: The countries with the biggest decline in rule of law this year are SudanMyanmarHaitiAfghanistan, and Nicaragua. The countries that improved their rule of law score the most this year are HondurasKosovoBelizeMoldova, and the United States.

Read the full report here.

Sep 16
Face to Face Training on CSPM & HRBA: 13-15 December 2022
​Dear members of the FCHR, Governance, Gender, network and LNOB and Culture community of practice 
You long for lively discussions, exchanges with peers and practical h​ands on work? You would like to reflect on what is the human rights-based approach and how it supports reaching your programmes’ objectives? To deepen your understanding of how the conflict-sensitive approach and SDC’s CSPM tools can support your work? To get key insights on how to integrate these approaches in your projects? Are you interested in reflecting on peace in a nexus approach? 
Here is the opportunity for you:

CSPM/HRBA Face to Face training in Bern December 13-15 2022

We provide you with practice-oriented knowledge and methods on how to integrate Conflict Sensitive Programme Management (CSPM) and a Human Rights Based Approach (HRBA) at the strategic level, project/programme level and institutional level. We will offer theoretical inputs and include spaces for discussions on selected topics. We will also provide you with opportunities to tap into participant’s experiences and knowledge through peer to peer exchange. 
The workshop is addressed in priority to colleagues from Swiss Representations as well as HQ. There is a limited number of places for external partners who are active members of our networks. The working language will be English and we expect 20 to 25 participants. For more information kindly have a look at the concept note attached​.
To register for this event, please fill in the registration and participant’s profile form online. If you have questions regarding this event or the registration process, please write an e-mail to Ms. Mawoussi Mauron ( We would like to adjust the workshop to the needs of participants registered: deadline for applications is 10 October 2022

We are looking forward to hearing from you soon!

With kind regards, your FCHR team
Oct 12
Lancement de publication: Droit des femmes et droits des enfants

Jul 01
Gender expertise and mainstreaming in peace operations – good or harm?

We would like to remind you, that the Open Debate “Gender expertise and mainstreaming in peace operations – good or harm?“ organized by the Swiss Institute for Global Affairs (SIGA) in cooperation with the r4d programme of the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) and the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and DDPS/SWISSINT will take place at the Swiss Armed Forces International Command.

Please find attached the event handout, detailed research briefs and the introductory chapter to the soon to be published monograph “Gender in Peacebuilding – Local Practices in Indonesia and Nigeria” by Prof. Dr. Elisabeth Prügl et al. 
The hybrid event format allows for onsite attendance as well as online participation 

YouTube Livestream 

Covid Update regarding onsite attendants: it is mandatory for everyone participating onsite to take a corona “antigen self-test” not earlier than a day prior to the event.  
Please feel free to forward this e-mail to your peers.  
Jun 29
SDC Discussion Paper and e-discussion on Decent Work

What does the decent work agenda mean for SDC? How can interventions for inclusive economic development be even better oriented towards the realization of the human right to decent and favorable working conditions? Should we prioritize jobs creation over the working conditions?

To address these and other questions, the SCD networks employment and income (e+i​) and Fragility, Conflict and Human Rights (FCHR) joined forces in early 2021 to operationalize the Swiss International Cooperation Strategy’s goal “Contribute to sustainable economic growth, market development and the creation of decent jobs”. Involving a large number of SDC focal points a discussion paper has been prepared. The topic was also discussed during an e-discussion of the two networks in May, with 30+contributions from experts and practitioners from all over the world.
A working paper which discusses the operationalization of decent work in SDC programmes and projects and highlights insights and examples of the e-discussion can be found here​, or on the respective e+I shareweb site.

Jun 22
Webinar on Supporting Ukraine’s Decentralisation Process through DESPRO: Focus on Communications

The Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC)’s Governance Network​, in partnership with DESPRO, is delighted to announce a new webinar which is open for all to attend. 

The reform of Local Self-Government in Ukraine received the support of the SDC-funded DESPRO project from 2007 onwards; after the Revolution of Dignity in 2013, a revived political will fast-tracked the implementation of the reform with impressive results. Broad communication support to the reform, supported by DESPRO, was instrumental in opening up public dialogue about decentralisation, and adopting a new administrative-territorial system in the country. 
In this webinar we will learn about the experience of Ukraine with a focus on communications and donor coordination, and the lessons learnt for other decentralisation support programmes.
  • Ilona Postmeska, SCO Ukraine
  • Oksana Garnets, DESPRO
  • Valbona Karakaci, Helvetas
  • Tamar Tsivtsivadze, SCO Georgia
This webinar will take place on Wednesday 23rd June 2021, at 14.00 CEST (Bern time). Check your local time here
To attend the webinar, please register by clicking on the registration button above or this link by Tuesday, 22nd of June 2021.  An email will be sent to all registered participants with connection details prior to the webinar.
In order to make the most of this webinar, participants may find the following documents useful:
This webinar is organised by the Swiss Development Cooperation’s Governance Network in partnership with DESPRO. Please contact if you have any questions. 
Jun 09
Virtual Course: Theories of Change in Fragile Contexts ( 08. – 17. September 2021)

Learn how to develop good Theories of Change and how to make your program more effective in fragile contexts.​

"Theories of change help aid workers and peacebuilders to make their programs more effective, but they are rarely used to their full potential. Creating a detailed logic of intervention helps to identify gaps in programming, highlight assumptions that need to be tested and provide a sound base for strategic choices that can increase impact. This course provides the conceptual background for working with theories of change in fragile contexts and then focuses on how 'good' theories of change can be developed and used by practitioners to gain an in-depth understanding of the change their programs trigger."

More Info:​

Apr 19
30 Jahre Friedensengagement im EDA
30 Jahre Friedensengagement im EDA 1990–2020

Wir freuen uns, Ihnen den beigefügten Text "Rückblick für die Zukunft: 30 Jahre Friedensengagement im EDA 1990–2020" unseres ehemaligen Kollegen Markus Heiniger zukommen zu lassen.

Wir wünschen Ihnen eine gute Lektüre.

Apr 16
SDG 16+ Building peaceful, just and inclusive societies for all

​A virtual ministerial meeting on access to justice for all took place on 14 April. Convened by the government of the Netherlands, the Elders, the pathfinders and g7+, and building on the work of the former justice task force of the pathfinders, the objective of the meeting was to generate further momentum and fostering political as well as financial support to ensuring access to justice for all. With a view at this, a joint letter to the UN SG was launched:​. It emphasizes the importance of putting people’s needs and human rights at the centre of justice systems; to make better use of data to make the vulnerable more visible; as well as using justice for prevention and reconciliation.

Apr 16
Human Rights and Climate Change

Frequently asked questions​The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) – strategic partner of the SDC in the area of human rights –  launched a  new thematic guidance on human rights and climate change: Guidance CC and HR​. It outlines which human rights are being especially affected by climate change (eg. right to life, health, water, food, adequate standard of living), what a human rights-based approach to climate change implies as well as the role of international cooperation is in this regard.​

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