Challenging and promoting changes in power relations requires substantial efforts at the level of programme and project partners, as it is generally such partners who are at the interface between the SDC and people living in poverty.
To promote the empowerment of the most excluded, partner staff members need to be highly aware of power, exclusion and discrimination issues and be skilled in establishing relations that enable and facilitate empowerment processes.
Thus, one way in which the SDC contributes to poverty reduction is through building the capacities of partners. This includes establishing relationships of trust and promoting values and practices linked with non-discrimination, respect and dignity.
The SDC is known for its history of long partnerships based on mutual trust, shared values and a common understanding of development challenges. This remains an important part of SDC's organisational culture.
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