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The «Africa» fundraising campaign has been in existence since 2005. Donations to this permanent fundraising campaign are used to provide humanitarian aid after natural disasters in countries to the south of the Sahara.

In addition to emergency relief, on-going assistance is also provided to aid projects for the benefit of internally displaced persons. This includes psychosocial support and logistical help as well as projects for economic recovery.


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  • 31.03.2014
  • Africa

Crises in East and Central Africa


Africa is a continent shaken by crises. At the beginning of 2014 many people were suffering from civil war, exile and repression, particularly in the Horn of Africa. Swiss Solidarity becomes active, as long as funds are available...

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  • 09.09.2009
  • Africa

Heavy flooding hits West Africa

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Following extremely long periods of drought, many parts of West Africa have now been devastated by torrential rainfall and heavy flooding. It is estimated that some 600,000 people have been affected in more than ten countries.

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Swiss Solidarity is a foundation, started as an initiative of the Swiss public media SRG SSR | Partnership & collaboration

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One picture often says more than a thousand words. Thanks to the partnership with the internationally operating Swiss picture agency Keystone, Swiss Solidarity has free and rapid access to recent pictures at any time. 

The Keystone picture agency takes a Swiss view of our country and the world. A team of 20 full-time photographers throughout Switzerland as well as international partner agencies ensure that no current event is missed. As the largest picture agency in Switzerland, Keystone has an almost unending store of material on Swiss social history (around 11 million archive images).




A national fundraising day is unthinkable without the means of Swisscom: In six regional fundraising centers, provided by Swisscom as well, between 120 and 150 phone lines are in use. This meant that, at the Tsunami’s fundraising day, over 70’000 calls were managed. On fundraising days, this service is free of charge.

The internet as a means of communication is vital for Swiss Solidarity, too. Therefore, Swisscom supports Swiss Solidarity’s web presence year after year with a considerable contribution. Swisscom (formerly PTT) has been an abiding partner for Swiss Solidarity for over sixty years.



Swiss Solidarity originated in 1946 from a radio show in western Switzerland – the first fundraising campaign was for the benefit of the orphans of World War II. The idea became more and more successful, and in 1983, Swiss Solidarity was granted the status of a foundation initiated by the Swiss Broadcasting Corporation SRG. Today, Swiss Solidarity is a foundation that raises funds for humanitarian relief projects and works with the SRG SSR.

On national solidarity and fundraising days, Swiss Solidarity demonstrates just what is meant by «idée suisse»: The solidarity and support of Switzerland’s entire population. This is only possible because the SRG SSR idée suisse supports Swiss Solidarity with its free broadcastings. Swiss Solidarity itself is – with a few exceptions – not a relief organization, but rather a solidarity network, cooperating with 25 relief organizations.

Additionally, the company’s entities SRF, RTS, RTR, RSI are all represented in the foundation board.