3,589 billion Swiss francs or 0.51 percent

In 2021, Swiss official development assistance (ODA) amounted to CHF 3.589 billion, CHF 243 million more than in 2020. As a share of gross national income (GNI), Swiss ODA totalled 0.51%, compared with 0.49% in 2020.

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Swiss official development assistance aims at contributing to economic and human development, an intact environment as well as peace and good governance.

2021 was the second year in a row largely dominated by the coronavirus pandemic, which was compounded by the humanitarian crisis triggered by the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan in August of 2021. Switzerland joined the international community's efforts with a flexible and rapid response in support of disadvantaged populations. Parliament approved two supplementary credits: CHF 226 million for Switzerland's international cooperation response to the health crisis and CHF 23 million for humanitarian aid to the people of Afghanistan. In addition, Switzerland donated stocks of unused SARS-CoV-2 vaccines and medical supplies to developing countries (CHF 45 million in Swiss ODA reporting). These additional measures represent 0.04% of GNI. For the first time since 2016, the ODA/GNI ratio again surpassed 0.5%.

9 percent asylum-related costs

Certain costs relating to assisting refugees, asylum seekers and people temporarily admitted into Switzerland are included in ODA reporting. In 2021, these costs amounted to CHF 337 million, representing 9% of ODA. Excluding these asylum costs, the ODA/GNI ratio was 0.46% (0.45% in 2020).

Switzerland ranked 8th

ODA is calculated on the basis of guidelines issued by the OECD Development Assistance Committee (DAC) of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). This allows a statistical comparison of the international commitments of the 29 DAC member states, based on the share of GNI each country spends on ODA.

In its press release, the OECD stated that the amount of aid given in 2021 increased in 23 DAC countries, including Switzerland, and fell in 6. In 2021, Luxembourg, Norway, Sweden, Germany and Denmark reached the United Nation's 0.7% target of GNI to be spent on ODA. Switzerland ranked 8th in 2021 among OECD DAC donors.

Swiss official development assistance (ODA) 2020–2021 (mil CHF)
APD  2020  2021



EAER 367.4 369.9
DETEC 48.9 48.2
FDF 25.9
FDJP 312.1 346.2
FDHA 12.4 6.5
DDPS 3.0 3.6
Cantons and municipalities c 62.8 65.0
Total ODA
3'349.0 3'588.8
refugees costs in Switzerland countable as ODA 302.9 336.5
ODA en % du GNI
ODA without in-donor refugees costs as % of GNI
GNI gross national imcome 680'928.6 707'966.3
C) Estimation 2021 SDC Statistic Unit, Data Status as at 12 April 2022

Last modification 14.04.2022

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