Switzerland's official development assistance remained stable in 2019
In 2019, Switzerland allocated 0.44% of its gross national income (GNI) to official development assistance (ODA). Compared to 2018 the Swiss ODA ratio remains stable, but is below the 0.5% target set by the Parliament. Switzerland's ODA ratio is thus below the average of the members of the European Union (0.47%).
In 2019, Switzerland spent CHF 3.074 billion on ODA – that is CHF 42 million more than in 2018.
Certain costs relating to assisting refugees, asylum seekers and people temporarily admitted in Switzerland are included in ODA reporting. In 2019, these costs amounted to CHF 284 million, representing 9% of total ODA. When excluding these asylum-related costs, Switzerland's ODA/GNI ratio was 0.40% in 2019, therefore at the same level as in 2018.
Swiss international cooperation is mainly implemented by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), the SECO and the FDFA's Human Security Division (HSD), whose framework credits cover 70–75% of Swiss ODA. In addition, spending by other federal offices also counts as ODA, as do contributions by Swiss cantons and municipalities.
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 an international comparison. Switzerland ranked again 8th in the DAC ranking in 2019.