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SWISS COOPERATION

CONTACT INFO:

Swiss Cooperation Office for Cambodia
House 50, Street 334,
Sangkat Boeng Keng Kang I / Khan Chamkarmon,
P.O.Box 605,Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Tel: +855 23 21 83 05 / 21 82 09
Fax: +855 23 21 80 63
E-mail: phnompenh@eda.admin.ch

Swiss Cooperation Office for the Mekong Region and Lao PDR
192/1 Sibounheuang Road,
Vientiane Capital, Lao PDR
Tel: +856 21 251 794
Fax: +856 21 251 797
Email: vientiane@eda.admin.ch

Swiss Cooperation Office for Myanmar
No. 11, Kabaung Lane, 5 1/2 mile Pyay Road,
Hlaing Township Yangon, Myanmar
Tel : +95 (0) 1 512873 ,+95 (0) 1 507089 , ext. 19
Fax:+95 (0) 1 534754
E-mail: ygn.vertretung@eda.admin.ch

Swiss Cooperation Office for Vietnam (SDC/SECO)
16th Floor, Hanoi Central Office Building,
44B Ly Thuong Kiet Street,
Hanoi, Vietnam
Tel: +84 4 3934 6627
Fax: +84 4 3934 6633
Email: hanoi@eda.admin.ch

Cross-Cutting Themes

Akha Women Union Leader, Phongsali, Lao PDR. Photo by Adrian Gnaegi

Akha Women Union Leader, Phongsali, Lao PDR. Photo by Adrian Gnaegi

Gender equality is mainstreamed in all domain programs. Given that gender equality is far from achieved in the CLMV countries, many SDC pro­gram outcomes are formulated to allow for gen­der-specific planning and budgeting. Gender spe­cific targets are or will be formulated (affirmative action), and the monitoring data for SDC projects will be disaggregated by gender.

Good governance is characterized by account­ability, participation, non-discrimination, effi­ciency and effectiveness, and transparency. The mainstreaming of these principles is reflected as outcomes, or in outcome indicators, for all pro­grams. The principles of good governance are formulated in a human-rights-based perspective, with a view to strengthening the capacities of rights holders and of duty bearers. Non-discrimi­nation, in Lao PDR and Vietnam especially, refers to the non-discrimination of ethnic minorities. Affirmative action for ethnic and religious minori­ties and other vulnerable and marginalized groups is foreseen in most outcome statements of the Swiss program. Given the particularly low levels of education and information of poor women and men in rural areas in all CLMV countries, the pro­motion of access to meaningful information as a means to support accountability and transparency is included in many domain programs.

Climate change adaptation and mitigation and Disaster Risk Reduction are included espe­cially in agriculture and food security programs, using existing instruments to analyze the risks and integrate preventive or mitigating activities.

Conflict-sensitive program management is key, particularly in the post-violent conflict con­text of Cambodia. It shall also be considered in Lao PDR, which presents elements of fragility. CSPM-results will be integrated into the MERV of these countries. Analyses of the political econ­omy and conflict sensitive context assessments that include ‘do no harm’ analyses are necessary in all CLMV countries. Identifying dividing and connecting forces in these dynamic and hetero­geneous contexts will enable SDC to manage the potential for social tension and unrest in sensitive contexts, for example when supporting ethnic minorities or working in the area of land gov­ernance. Promoting platforms for dialogue and exchange between different communities, civil society organizations and local authorities will be an important means to support trust-and confi­dence-building.

Upland fisherman in Luang Namtha, Laos. Photo by Touravanh

Upland fisherman in Luang Namtha, Laos. Photo by Touravanh

(Approximately 22 million CHF, 11% of overall budget)

Health: SDC supports the Kantha Bopha Hospitals in Cambodia, which provide free medical treatment to children. Since 1992, the Kantha Bopha Hospitals have treated over one million ill children requiring hospitalization, as well as over 10 million children onan outpatient basis. SDC will continue its financial contribution to this private Swiss initiative and it will support the Kantha Bopha Foundation to develop a sustainable financing of the services provided by these five hospitals.

Culture: In line with SDC’s overall policy to pro­mote the diversity of cultural expressions in its part­ner countries, the Mekong program will dedicate around 1% of its budget to this purpose.

Cross-Cutting Themes

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