Wednesday, October 7th, 2020, 18:30
Information regarding location and rooms will follow.
The lecture will be held in German language.
Director of the SDC (Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation)
Switzerland’s international development cooperation – fit for the future?
Through its commitment, Switzerland is reducing need and poverty and addressing global challenges such as climate change, migration flows and access to water. The Swiss International Cooperation Strategy 2021-2024 sets new thematic priorities and focuses on new priority regions. Is it thus equipped to meet the numerous challenges of the future? What influence will the management of the Covid 19 pandemic have on the implementation of the new strategy? Does the pandemic threaten to undo progress already made? Patricia Danzi, the new SDC Director-General, reviews the situation after 6 months in office and looks ahead at the same time.
The lecture is open to the public. Conditions for pre-booking, registration and seat reservation will follow, if necessary under the conditions of Corona.
Patricia Danzi has been with the International Committee of the Red Cross since 1996, serving as a delegate, with increasing responsibilities, in the Balkans (Bosnia, Serbia, Montenegro, Kosovo), Peru, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Angola. At head office, she was appointed Deputy Head of Operations for the Horn of Africa and Political Advisor to the Director of Operations. She served as Head of Operations for America between November 2008 and April 2015 and has been Regional Director for Africa from May 2015 until she assumed the post of director general of the SDC on 1 May 2020.
Patricia Danzi studied in Lincoln, Nebraska and in Zurich and holds a master’s degree in agricultural economics, geography and environmental science. She undertook postgraduate work in development studies in Geneva. She speaks seven languages. Born in Switzerland, she is the daughter of a Swiss German secondary school teacher and a Nigerian diplomat and the eldest of six siblings. In her student days she taught mentally challenged children and spent time teaching in a township in South Africa just after Nelson Mandela was elected President. Patricia Danzi represented Switzerland in athletics at the 1996 Summer Olympic Games. She has two adult sons.