3,343 billion Swiss francs or 0.48 percent

In 2020, Swiss official development assistance (ODA) amounted to 3,343 billion Swiss francs, 263 million Swiss francs more than in 2019. As a share of gross national income (GNI), Swiss ODA totalled 0.48 percent.

Women from Central Asia working with computers.
Switzerland’s official development assistance helps to reduce poverty and global risks and promotes peace and human rights.

The higher ODA compared to 2019 is in part due to the supplementary credit approved by Parliament in 2020 to support international efforts in the context of the COVID-19 crisis. The additional sum for ODA amounts to 159 million Swiss francs. The economic downturn in 2020 also contributed to the higher ODA in 2020. According to estimates, the ODA ratio in the period of 2021 to 2024 will average 0.44 percent.

9 percent asylum-related costs

Certain costs relating to assisting refugees, asylum seekers and people temporarily admitted into Switzerland are included in the ODA reporting. In 2020, these costs amounted to 303 million Swiss francs, representing 9 percent of ODA. Not including these asylum-related costs, Switzerland’s ODA/GNI ratio amounted to 0.44 percent.

Swiss international cooperation is primarily implemented by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) of the FDFA, the SECO of the EAER and the FDFA’s Peace and Human Rights Division (PHRD). In addition to their activities, some spending by other federal offices also counts as ODA (including asylum-related costs), as do contributions by Swiss cantons and municipalities.

Switzerland ranked 9th

ODA is calculated in accordance with the directives issued by the OECD Development Assistance Committee (DAC) of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). This allows an international comparison of the 29 DAC member states. Switzerland ranked 9th in 2020.

Swiss official development assistance (ODA) 2019–2020 (mil CHF)
  2020
2019
APD bi­la­teral mul­ti­la­teral to­tal bi­la­teral mul­ti­la­teral to­tal
Confederation 2'461.7 821.2 3'282.9 2'281.4 734.8 3'016.2
FDFA 1'777.5 734.7 2'512.1 1'655.0 675.4 2'330.4
EAER 357.2 10.1 367.4 332.8 9.4 342.1
FDJP 312.1 1.1 313.3 286.0 0.6 286.6
DETEC 4.6 44.3 48.9 5.8 43.7 49.5
FDHA 6.5 5.9 12.4 0.4 5.7 6.0
FDF 0.9 25.0 25.9 0.9 - 0.9
DDPS 3.0 - 3.0 0.6 - 0.6
Cantons and municipalities b 60.0 - 60.0 63.9 - 63.9
Total ODA
2'521.7 821.2 3'342.9 2'345.3 734.8 3'080.1
ODA en % du GNI
ODA without in-donor refugees costs as % of GNI
    0.48%
0.44%
    0.42%
0.38%
a Part dedicated to international cooperation reprsentation abroad
b Estimate for 2020
SDC Statistic Unit, Data Status as at 13 April 2021

Last modification 19.04.2021

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