Swiss Solidarity is a foundation that raises funds for humanitarian relief projects and works with the Swiss Broadcasting Corporation SRG SSR and Swiss relief organizations to this end. Swiss Solidarity is thus able to benefit from the specific support of the public radio and television services. It also collaborates with the private media. Work in the field is carried out by experienced Swiss relief organizations according to precise stipulations. Swiss Solidarity is currently working with 25 aid organizations.
In the event of a catastrophe, on-the-spot and emergency relief is provided extremely rapidly and without unnecessary bureaucracy: in case of the tsunami disaster for example, funds were provided before the first donations had been received.Based on experience, the major part of the donations is used for renewal work (rehabilitation) and rebuilding. These are the most effective forms of relief in the long-term. Such projects are examined and approved by a special Project Commission (COPRO-INT + COPRO-CH) and monitored on-the spot during realization. This relief work may last one or several years, depending on the extent of the operation. Funds earmarked for specific relief work do not simply lie idle in a bank account but, according to the rules of the foundation, must be «parked» to earn interest.
Swiss Solidarity uses this interest to fund social benefits in Switzerland, children’s support in the Third World and if possible its own operation. This non-speculative investment policy is strictly regulated and carried out by financial experts on the basic principles of ethics and fairness (e.g. towards the environment and the Third World) and monitored by a group of auditors. Swiss Solidarity funds are thus subject to three forms of financial control and are among the best administered in Switzerland.
Swiss Solidarity received the 1999 International Human Rights Award in recognition of its work.