Disaster risk reduction at SDC

Disaster Risk Reduction at SDC

SDC's approach to DRR is based on three strategies:

  1. DRR is selectively mainstreamed within SDC and considered an aspect of several thematic priorities. It must be taken into account in all countries that are at a high or considerable risk of disaster and/or in activities (projects) with a spatial relevance (i.e. with an impact on land use).
  2. SDC assists partner countries, civil society and communities with targeted activities for the reduction of the disaster risks (hazards and/or vulnerability) of the poor.
  3. SDC supports the international DRR system and institutions at regional and global level which aim to reduce risk in disaster-prone developing countries.  


In addition, many Swiss agencies are working abroad in the field of DRR:

Other government agencies like the State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO), the Swiss Federal Office for the Environment (FOEN), the Swiss Federal Office for Civil Protection (FOCP) and others closely collaborate with SDC in the domain of DRR.

Furthermore, scientific institutions in Switzerland provide knowledge and know-how, in various fields such as risk assessment and monitoring. Also the Swiss insurance sector, with direct insurers and re-insurers are providing solutions in this particular field.

A number of Swiss NGOs are implementing particular DRR projects in various partner countries and have joint effort through the Swiss NGOs DRR platform.