Why does Swiss Solidarity work almost exclusively with accredited relief organizations?
Swiss Solidarity owes a responsibility to its donors to ensure that the money is used efficiently and for the lasting benefit of the victims. That’s why we work with Swiss relief organizations that meet Swiss Solidarity quality criteria. These relief organizations are experienced and have built up a good network on the ground. They also have a contractual responsibility. This in turn ensures that funds flow to where they are intended.
Who decides which projects will be financed?
The projects of our partner relief organizations are first examined by the Swiss Solidarity project team and then by experts on our project commission. If approved, up to 80% project funding will be granted (minimum 20% own funding by relief organization). Funds for emergency aid are granted as rapidly as possible, within a few days or weeks. Retroactive financing is also possible in these cases The position is different with rebuilding projects: here projects must first be approved before funding is granted . As a rule, rebuilding projects require more time for preparation and evaluation. This process can take several months. The work is monitored by our experts. Our advantage: our partner relief organizations are already on the ground and thus possess great experience and know-how.
How is it ensured that the money actually reaches the victims?
The money raised does not flow immediately and all at once into relief work. Aid extends over several years. As always in such cases, the money is used in stages. Swiss Solidarity only releases funds for further stages when the results of the previous stages are known.
How has Swiss Solidarity used the money until now?
25% of donations have been used for assistance in Switzerland (Swiss social aid, children’s aid, natural disasters); 6% has gone to help children in need abroad (food, medical care, education and vocational training, aid for children in war and conflict situations). The remaining 69% has been used on relief work for disasters outside Switzerland.
Why are primarily people in foreign countries helped (only 25% of aid has so far benefited Switzerland) when there are actually just as many people needing help in our country (economic crisis, constantly increasing health insurance premiums etc.)?
We help here as well... we get involved whenever a major natural disaster occurs in Switzerland. There is also a Swiss Social Aid fund financed amongst other things by direct donations and interest income from major fundraising campaigns. Swiss Solidarity assists people in Switzerland with a one-off amount to ease a temporary emergency situation. This is done selectively and usually as a supplement to assistance from private social welfare organizations.