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The Fragility, Conflict and Human Rights Unit​

The FCHR Unit is SDC’s competence center on Fragility, Conflict and Human Rights. It is active in four core interdependent and interconnected thematic areas :

1) Policy dialogue (international, national): it positions Switzerland’s agenda in the international debate and framework setting and feeds the international state of the art into the operations in SDC’s partner countries; develops normative guidance; ensures thematic steering.

2) Strategic partners and programs management and steering (DCAF, GCERF, OHCHR, Pathfinder 16+,…).

3) Institutional learning, knowledge management in networks: it acts as convener for joint reflections and learning on FCHR issues and as platform to develop and relay proposals on issues of institutional importance.

4) Capacity building and advisory services: it provides operational and strategic advice, trainings in a demand
driven and service oriented manner.

The Fragility, Conflict and Human Rights Network (FCHRnet)

​A vibrant network is necessary to serve as the interface between policy a​nd implementation and stimulates thematic learning and peer exchange:​

  • The FCHRnet is composed of members from the FDFA at HQs and in the field, as well as from swiss and international NGOs, research institutes and consultants. They contribute to and benefit from learning journeys, peer exchange and network events.

  • The FCHRnet Core Group is composed of a more limited number of members and ensures, in close collaboration with the network members, the animation of the network and the conception of horizontal exchange and learning processes.

Furthermore, the FCHRnet is part of the Peace, Governance and Equality (PGE) Cluster. The PGE Cluster
functions as a knowledge and competence hub for PGE related policies, topics and methodologies/tools,
collaborating under a common strategic approach.