Partnerships and mandates

Multilateral organisations

The potential to use and incorporate the knowledge and capital of multilateral organisations into development cooperation.


Cooperation with NGOs that have a track-record in performance, competence and knowledge, their own financial base and are well-established in society.

Research institutes

Research and innovation as key factors for sustainable economic, social and environmental development and solving global problems.

State institutions

Using and incorporating the knowledge of federal agencies, cantons and communes; engaging in political dialogue with governments with a view to achieving reforms or better economic and social conditions.

Mandates and contributions

Alongside the guidelines for the awarding of mandates and contributions, the FDFA provides information on planned and awarded mandates and criteria for contributions to NGO programmes.

Course offerings

Continuing education opportunities for FDFA staff and staff of Swiss development cooperation organisations.