Swiss Cooperation Strategy Ukraine 2015-19 at a glance

The Swiss Cooperation Strategy for Ukraine 2015–2018 (extended for 2019) was jointly prepared by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), the State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO) and the Directorate of Political Affairs (DP). 

The current strategy builds on positive results achieved in the past and addresses new emerging challenges. It also builds on the engagement and initiatives launched during the Swiss Chairmanship of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) in 2014. With this strategy, Switzerland intends to contribute to crucial institutional reforms and to promote socio-economic development while working on addressing the causes of the current conflict and alleviating its consequences. In doing so, special attention will be paid to ensuring sustainability and, whenever possible, inclusiveness of supported activities. Furthermore, a stronger focus will be put on conflict-affected areas and particular consideration will be given to the most vulnerable. 

The strategy contains four main programme components. The first aims to support inclusive decentralisation reforms and contribute to a de-escalation and resolution of the conflict; the second focuses on strengthening the primary health care services and supporting the reform of the health sector; the third supports the development of a sustainable and efficient energy management system and urban-planning mechanisms; and the fourth is geared towards strengthening sustainable economic development. In addition, Switzerland will respond to pressing humanitarian needs resulting from the conflict.  

Swiss Cooperation Strategy for Ukraine 2015–2018 (extended for 2019) at a glance

Synopsis of the Swiss cooperation strategy for Ukraine 2015–2019

Overall goal:

To promote cohesion, inclusive, democratic governance and sustainable socio-economic development, aiming at a peaceful, equitable and prosperous society

Domains of intervention

Governance and peace­building


Sustainable energy management and urban development

Sustainable economic development

Humanitarian aid and non core programme

Domains Goals (Swiss contribution)






National authorities elaborate and imple­ment decentralisation reforms by including stakeholders from all regions of Ukraine. Men and women of all ages participate in po­litical decision making in selected regions, includ­ing in conflict-affected areas, and have better access to public services. Relations between conflicting parties are improved, respect for human rights and international humani­tarian law is fostered and inclusiveness in key political processes is strengthened.

National and regional health authorities, including in conflict-affected areas, provide better and equitable ac­cess to improved primary health care services, with a focus on disease prevention and health promotion. Men and women of all ages in selected regions, including in conflict-affected areas, adopt healthier lifestyles.

Municipalities provide reliable, sustainable and cost-effective public ser­vices through enhanced energy efficiency, the introduction of environ­mentally friendly tech­nologies and inclusive and sustainable urban development. SMEs / industries and residents get better ac­cess to targeted energy efficiency measures and corresponding financial mechanisms. This allows SMEs / industries to operate in a more cost-effective and energy efficient way through resource-efficient and cleaner production, while residents’ living conditions are improved.

The private sector benefits from new trade op­portunities, better access to finance and increased business skills. National authorities improve the regulatory framework for the finan­cial market, and financial institutions are enabled to offer a wider range of services to the private sector, in particular to SMEs. National authorities improve the economic policy and investment framework as a result of an inclusive reform process.

To be defined based on humanitarian and other needs.


CHF 29 million

CHF 12 million

CHF 32 million

CHF 18 million

To be defined

Gender equality and good governance as transversal topics

Conflict-sensitive programme management (CSPM) as an integrated approach