60 years of successful cooperation

Switzerland has played a significant role in shaping the development cooperation landscape in Latin America and the Caribbean over the past six decades. In 2025, Switzerland will embark on a new chapter of collaboration with Latin America and the Caribbean.

Switzerland has had a lasting impact on development cooperation in Latin America and the Caribbean over the past 60 years. It is opening a new chapter in 2025. © SDC

By the end of 2024, the SDC will progressively phase out bilateral development cooperation in Latin America and the Caribbean. This decision forms part of the overarching International Cooperation Strategy 2021–24, adopted by Parliament in 2020. The strategy calls for a more focused use of resources in four priority regions: North Africa and the Middle East, sub-Saharan Africa, Central, South and South-East Asia, and Eastern Europe. This geographical focus is in line with international trends and recommendations aimed at optimising the efficiency and effectiveness of development cooperation.

Switzerland maintains its presence

Switzerland is maintaining its presence in Latin America and the Caribbean. It has a strong interest in fostering positive and constructive relations. From 2024 onwards, Switzerland will employ different instruments to maintain these relations and contribute to the region's development in a spirit of partnership. These include trade and economic measures, political dialogue, participation in multilateral organisations, human rights policy, democracy and peace promotion, humanitarian aid, and areas where Switzerland can add value with its expertise, such as climate change, water management, food security, health, and migration. 

SDC’s history over the last 60 years in Latin America and the Caribbean

This broad meta-analysis provides a comprehensive overview of SDC’s bilateral engagement in eight countries in Latin America over six decades. © SDC
A Honduran policeman studies a brochure.
The SDC's cooperation with Honduras in the field of governance has been internationally recognised.
A Nicaraguan farmer in front of her water reservoir.
In Nicaragua, the SDC's water and sanitation projects have improved living conditions.
A Cuban LGBT activist stands on the street.
In Cuba, the SDC has successfully addressed previously taboo issues such as decentralised governance, gender equality and racism.
Bolivian farmer holds potatoes in her hands.
In Bolivia, the SDC's approach to poverty alleviation has been multi-faceted, innovative and sustainable.
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