Ukraine is a priority country in terms of Swiss transition cooperation with Eastern Europe. The majority of Swiss projects are able to continue despite the war. They are continually being adapted to the difficult conditions. As a result of the war, Switzerland is also supporting Ukraine at the multilateral level.

Switzerland has been supporting Ukraine on its path to peace and sustainable development for many years. It is helping to build an inclusive society in which women and men equally contribute to and participate in public integrity and sustainable growth.

The corresponding reforms are now making a significant contribution to Ukraine's ability to continue to function. SECO continues to support the country in continuing and adapting existing efforts and in combining the planning of the reform agenda with that of the reconstruction agenda. SECO has earmarked around CHF 10 million for bilateral projects in Ukraine for 2022.

Bustling activity in the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk
At least 60 percent of Ukraine is not affected by direct war operations (June 2022).

20 million Swiss Francs towards multilateral support

In April, Switzerland announced that it would contribute an additional CHF 10 million to a World Bank initiative aimed at maintaining the basic non-military functioning of the state. With Switzerland's help, the salaries and pensions of Ukrainian state employees in particular can continue to be paid. According to estimates, poverty in Ukraine would rise from two per cent before the outbreak of the war to up to 50 per cent if state wage and pension payments were to stop.

Furthermore, Switzerland also intends to contribute an additional CHF 10 million towards a multilateral initiative of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), which aims to ensure continued support for the competitiveness of small and medium-sized enterprises. In particular, the initiative helps those companies in the north and east of the country that have lost their production facilities.

What are SECO’s objectives?

SECO, the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and the Peace and Human Rights Division (PHRD) jointly implement the Swiss Cooperation Programme in Ukraine. Swiss support in Ukraine concentrates on local governance, peacebuilding, sustainable economic development and health. To foster sustainable economic development, SECO focuses on:

  • Sustainable cities
    The objective is to accelerate a resource-efficient and climate-friendly economic growth, as well as improving quality of life in the cities. Better energy management, integrated urban development and sustainable mobility form the cornerstones of Switzerland's contribution. In the long term, this multi-dimensional approach to promoting a green economy should make Ukraine's cities more attractive to the local population and investors.
  • Competitiveness of small and medium-sized enterprises
    The main objective is to achieve broad-based economic growth and, in particular, to harness the potential of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). This involves enhancing overall competitiveness and creating suitable framework conditions. Switzerland's efforts in this area focus on integrating the products of agricultural SMEs into sustainable value chains and facilitating access to financial services. This includes working with the financial sector to develop innovative financial products. Switzerland is also assisting national authorities in implementing effective financial and monetary policies as well as in creating a pro-competitive regulatory environment.
  • Effective democratic governance and efficient public management
    Switzerland aims in general at promoting transparent and effective public institutions, both at the national and sub-national levels. SECO specifically supports the improvement of public financial management at local level, in view of providing public services efficiently and inclusively.

From 2020 to 2023, a total of some CHF 108 million is foreseen for Swiss transition cooperation with Ukraine, of which around CHF 51 million are from SECO.

Last modification 05.07.2022

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