Government to reassess how it distributes international aid
The government is looking to reassess the amount of money it spends on development aid – and how it spends it.
It’s looking to raise the amount allocated for international aid – but believes it will be better spent if it concentrates on a lower number of countries.
The proposal by the Federal Council is open to consultation and has to be approved by parliament.
The plan is to spend CHF 11bn over the next 5 years, up CHF 140m from the last period, but cut the number of countries receiving aid from 46 to 35 and concentrate on areas, such as Africa, some parts of Asia and Eastern Europe. South American countries will be the main losers.