First established in June 1994, the Swiss Cooperation Office Gaza and West Bank has since supported numerous different activities, with multiple governmental and non-governmental partners, both bilaterally and through multi-lateral cooperation. Swiss development cooperation in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt) is managed by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC).
The Cooperation Strategy for the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt) 2015-2018 sets out strategic priorities for the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and the Human Security Division (HSD) of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA).
The overall goal of the present cooperation strategy is to enhance the prospects for a negotiated two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and to contribute to creating a democratic and viable Palestinian state based on the 1967 borders. The strategy focuses on protection and resilience, and seeks to reduce the negative effects of the occupation and the internal Palestinian division. It further aims to enhance the basis for democratic and pro-poor development. The strategy complements the Swiss support to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), which provides basic services to Palestine Refugees and promotes the respect of their rights in the region.