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​​​​​Addressing Poverty in Practice


How can the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) ensure that its activities are effective in reducing poverty?

Whilst most SDC personnel are highly conscious of their global mandate to reduce poverty, interpretations of what this means in practice can vary. Furthermore, it is not always easy to keep poor and disadvantaged people foremost in mind during daily decisions and activities.

This section on the website provides SDC personnel with practical tools and guidance in order to facilitate a pro-poor focus of SDC's strategies, programmes and projects. 

This section of the website explores different ways of understanding what it means to be poor in a holistic manner – taking into account social inequities and discriminatory practices. In particular, we seek to highlight relevant global debates and issues through short articles written by development practitioners, who reflect on the implications of such global trends for field practice and for Swiss development policy.

To learn more, click on the tiles below:

Understanding Poverty and Global Trends





Poverty Wellbeing joins the new thematic section Peace, Governance and Equality (PGE) as of 01 Sep 2022 and establishes more direct synergies with these thematic networks:

Gender - for more information on Gender Equality, please visit the SDC's Gender Sharewe​b. 

Governance - for more information, please visit the SDC's Governance ​Shareweb.

Fragility, Conflict and Human Rights - for more information on SDC's conflict and human rights agenda, please visit SDC's Fragility,  ​​Conflict and Human Rights Shareweb.

Culture - for more information on culture and development, please visit SDC's Culture matters Shar​eweb​.​

For further information, please do not hesitate to contact the Focal Point for Poverty Reduction and LNOB: Stephanie Guha


Beneficiary Assessment​

Participatory Poverty Assessments