The Federal Department for Foreign Affairs opened an office for humanitarian aid in Chisinau in 2000. Five years later, the Swiss Cooperation Office broadened the scope of its activities by including longer-term technical assistance projects.
In line with the overall objectives of Swiss Cooperation with Eastern Europe, Switzerland supports Moldova in its process of transition, thereby fostering stability, security, rule of law, prosperity and solidarity in Europe. The programme priorities for 2010-2013 are the following:
SDC’s focuses on the following aspects:
Understanding of sector dynamics and interdependence of actors and their roles at all levels, local, regional and national.
Building local capacities through further education and training.
Promoting policy dialog with the line ministries of the Government of Moldova in coordination with multilateral and bilateral donors. This dialog involves the civil society organizations, the private sector, and national and international experts.
SDC brings in and uses Swiss expertise.
SDC strengthens the capacity of the state to care for its citizens, and the capacity of the civil society to organize, formulate and defend their legitimate interests at the national, regional and local level.