Federal Department of Foreign Affairs
Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC)


Freiburgstrasse 130
3003 Bern

Contact person

Conflict & Human Rights
Inanna  Göbel-Bösch

Operating range

  • International

Relevant duties in the context of human rights

As of 1997, the SDC developed a strategy which was strongly inspired by the UN human rights approach. Development cooperation shall be rendered effective by applying the principles of non-discrimination, empowerment, accountability for human rights violations as well as the indivisibility and universality of human rights.

  • Essential for the concrete implementation of the human rights approach is the integration of human rights as guiding values for planning, implementation and review of programmes, projects and SDC country strategies.

Main work in the human rights field

  • Lobbying / Networking / Human rights policies

Protection of vulnerable groups

  • Poor, Unemployed
  • Women
  • Cultural, religious, linguistic minorities

Issues our organisation works on

  • Development cooperation / governance
  • Minority rights / cultural rights
  • Right to food
  • Social rights / social security / social policiy

Current projects with human rights focus

Since 2010, responsibility for the implementation of the human rights approach within the SDC lies with the Network Conflict and Human Rights (CHRnet). CHRnet is attached as a focal point to the SDC South Asia Division but also assumes cross-sectoral tasks for all its other divisions. The Network Conflict and Human Rights is mainly present within the SDC in meetings, events, training offers, internal factsheets, information brochures and specific counselling for certain departments within the SDC.

Publications on human rights issues

A brief outline of the SDC human rights strategy (including documentation) can be found at


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