Governance - Viewed from a Transnational Perspective

​Issues of global governance as well as good governance at country level have a long tradition in the development policy debate. Sound sector policies at country level, policy coherence at all levels, and the importance of capable and legitimate institutions nowadays are considered to be key to aid and development effectiveness, in particular in fragile environments.

With the rise of global challenges in a globalized world with finite resources, transnational perspectives further gained importance. These issues are also likely to be addressed in debates on a future global development framework and related development financing; architecture and modalities of international assistance are likely to be fundamentally challenged. The Swiss Strategy on International Cooperation 2013-2016 anticipates and re-affirms the importance of a comprehensive governance concepts engaging Swiss International Cooperation at all levels of policy dialogue as well as in programming.

The Analysis and Policy Division contributes to an SDC-wide effort to develop a broad, overarching governance concept. Building on other activities, the Division will focus on governance issues of transnational and global nature.

Contact: Veronique Bourquin BQV (



​​Evaluation of SDC's performance in Governance programming and Mainstreaming
January 2015

Comissioned by the Evaluation and Corporate Controlling Division of SDC


Evaluation of SDC's performance in Governance programming and Mainstreaming

While, overall, the evaluation rates SDC's performance in all types of its governance work as good, and rates dedicated bilateral governance programming as good to very good, there are significant missed opportunities and areas for improvement, especially given the prominence of governance in SDC's portfolio and SDC's leadership potential in this area. Strong, focused and timely action by senior management is required. 


​​Democracy Promotion at a Local Level: Experiences, Perspectives and Policy of Swiss International Cooperation
International policy debate focusing on aid and democratisation.


Blog of the Journal International Development Policy (DevPol)


Democracy Promotion at a Local Level : Experiences, Perspectives and Policy of Swiss International Cooperation

International policy debate focusing on aid and democratisation.
Blog of the Journal International Development Policy (DevPol)

This paper is a contribution to the ‘Policy Debate’ section of the International Development Policy. In this section, academics, policy makers and practitioners engage in a dialogue on global development challenges. Papers are copy-edited but not peer-reviewed. Instead, an initial thematic contribution is followed by critical comments and reactions from different stakeholders.

Authored by Martin Dahinden, Director-General of the Swiss Development and Cooperation (SDC) agency, the paper focuses on the role of international development cooperation in democracy promotion and decentralisation.

It is followed by a reaction from Olivier Roy, professor of political sciences at the European University Institute (Florence) – (also in French) and Jean Bossuyt, Head of Strategy, EU External Action Programme of the European Centre for Development Policy Management (ECDPM)


​​Swiss Position on Governance in the Post-2015 Agenda: Ensure voice, participation and access to justice and information

October 2013
Author: Federal Administration


Swiss Position on Governance in the Post-2015 Agenda
The present paper is an input to the positioning of Switzerland in the context of the so-called Post-2015 Agenda. Among the key recommendations are: 1. Elaborate a self-standing governance goal. 2. Base to the maximum extent possible targets and indicators of the governance goal and of all post-2015 goals on human rights standards and instruments. 3. Integrate in all new goals governance and human rights principles including: rule of law incl. access to justice, participation, responsiveness, non-discrimination and equality (including gender equality). 4. Make sure that indicators disaggregate along different categories such as sex, urban/rural, identity groups and income bands so as to avoid camouflaging inequalities and promote inclusion/empowerment. 




- SDC democratisation, decentralisation and local governance network
- Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development Homepage on Governance and Development