Switzerland provides expertise and funding for quality projects in developing nations.This content was published on August 8, 2006 - 17:14
Switzerland's development aid budget is small and therefore must consider the quality of projects rather than quantity. Like many other countries, Switzerland does not attempt to replace local know-how, but rather to encourage it. This type of aid focuses on providing expertise and ensures funding is spent in the countries where the projects are carried out.
0.44% of Switzerland's Gross Domestic Product was spent on development aid in 2005. This is still far below the stated target of 0.7% set out by the UN in 1970.
63 countries have benefited so far from Swiss public aid.
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