The Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), a directorate of the Swiss Ministry of Foreign Affairs, is represented in India through the Climate Change and Development Division (CCD), Embassy of Switzerland, Delhi. The emphasis is on innovation, dialogue, capacity building and cooperation in climate change and energy themes. Specific programmes and partnerships focus on:
Promotion of Energy efficiency in building design and in micro, small and medium enterprises
Provision of Renewable energy and modern energy services in rural areas
Climate change adaptation and climate resilient development
Disaster risk management as well as food security as integral part of climate change adaptation.
In addition to the core programme related to climate change and development the Head of Climate Change and Development represents SDC in India with regard to the<>
Local Governance Initiative (LOGIN), South Asia Hub
The Disaster Response Partnership INSARAG/Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) of the SDC Humanitarian Aid and SHA Swiss Humanitarian Aid Unit (SHA) as well as
The Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs SECO in relation to the SECO Development Projects.
After a successful traditional development cooperation between India and Switzerland for more than 50 years of excellent partnership. The engagement of SDC in India was reoriented to be part of the Global Programme on Climate Change. Since 2011 the programme of SDC in India is fully integrated with the Embassy of Switzerland in New Delhi as Climate Change and Development Division.
The current portfolio of programmes of the Climate Change and Development Section (CCD), Embassy of Switzerland, includes:
Global Programme on Climate Change: This constitutes the major part of the portfolio and includes engagement in climate change adaptation (including sustainable agriculture and food security), climate resilient development, energy efficiency, renewable energy, and linking grassroots voices to policies.
Humanitarian Assistance: This covers issues of common interests between India and Switzerland in the field of disaster response and disaster risk reduction, including the USAR (Urban Search and Rescue) Programme and the pipeline programme on INSARAG certification of the National Disaster Response Force of the National Disaster Management Authority.
SECO: This relates to projects and initiatives funded by the State Secretariat for Economic Affairs
LoGIN: This pertains to a three year South Asia regional project on Local Governance Initiative South Asia launched in 2008.