The State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO) are agriculture and food security; health; water; climate change; and migration. Over 7.5%of Switzerland’s aid budget is allocated to water projects and programmes and nearly 65% of SDC’s water budget is allocated to WASH. SDC has a number of programmes that focus on decentralisation within focus countries
and these programmes include a larger, cross-sectoral agenda; some will include a WASH component. The development programme of the SECO focuses more on Middle Income Countries while the target group of SDC’s work is mainly the rural populations in Low Income Countries. Most aid is delivered directly through partner organisations; nearly 20%
of aid is delivered through multilateral organisations. There is pressure to reduce the number of countries and sectors that SDC works in.
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