Annual report

Year 2016

Well positioned in an ever more difficult environment, terre des hommes schweiz can look back upon an eventful and successful year.
Title (image) of the current annual report
Title (image) of the current annual report
In Switzerland in 2016, we ran various campaigns to bring public attention to the unacceptable situation in the refugee camps where Sahrawi children live. Our research revealed that Morocco is illegally exploiting resources in occupied Western Sahara. We were able to prove that tomatoes and melons for sale in Swiss supermarkets and declared to be of Moroccan origin actually came from Western Sahara. This enabled us to provoke a degree of interest in the media, and one distributor announced that it would not source any further products from this area.

In addition, we also continued to forcefully address violations of human rights associated with major sporting events. We organised a top-quality panel of speakers in Basel in the run-up to the Brazil Olympic Games. At the same time, we also showed the awardwinning film The Fighter, produced by terre des hommes, to a jampacked cinema.

In June of this year, the imagine Festival again took place on the Barfüsserplatz, also in Basel. The young organisers’ messages against racism and discrimination again reached about 30 000 visitors. About 40 unaccompanied underage asylum seekers also worked energetically with us at this festival.

Our awareness-raising activities are only possible thanks to our strong partners in the South. The many successes achieved by the children in our projects and the day-to-day commitment of our partner organisations cannot be taken for granted by any means. In many countries, the situation worsened in 2016. In Mozambique, for example, conditions within our project region were similar to those experienced in times of war. In Zimbabwe, the introduction of bonds accelerated the economic free fall. Finally, we and our partners in Central America (and in El Salvador in particular) are filled with deep concern by the immigration policy current adopted by the US.

The development cooperation function itself came under heavy political pressure in Switzerland, within the context of parliamentary debates on the framework credit available for international collaboration. We joined the Wake-up Call Against Poverty campaign alongside other organisations, and were able to secure the public funding for development cooperation. Attempts to hijack the development assistance for migration or security policy purposes were repelled – for the time being, at least, because new expenditure-saving packages are already looming.

The climate is harsh; this year, we are pleased that we could restructure our branch to make it forward-looking and sustainable, and could present our donors with the best income results in the history of the organisation. We are extremely grateful to you for this outcome!

Dr Brigitta Gerber, President
Franziska Lauper, Executive Director

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