Donor scores: Switzerland
Switzerland moved up one position to 8th in the HRI 2009 ranking. Its highest ranking by pillar was in Pillar 5 (Learning and accountability), where it moved from 9th to 4th place. It had 6th place in Pillar 3 (Working with humanitarian partners), followed by 8th position in Pillar 1 (Responding to needs) and 9th place in Pillar 2 (Prevention, risk reduction and recovery). In Pillar 4 (Protection and International Law), however, Switzerland dropped from 7th place in the HRI 2008 to 13th place. In terms of generosity and burden sharing, Switzerland ranked 7th in the donor group.
By indicator, Switzerland ranked 1st among all donors in assessing needs, timeliness of funding, crisis prevention and preparedness measures, strengthening local community capacity for disaster and crisis preparedness, support for local government and authorities’ coordination capacity, longer-term funding, strengthening humanitarian response capacity, and funding IFRC and ICRC appeals. Other high rankings included neutrality and impartiality (2nd), needs-based responses (2nd), non-discrimination (3rd), reliability (3rd) and coordination (3rd). Its lowest ranking relative to the donor group were the timeliness of its funding for sudden onset disasters (18th), the equitable distribution of funding against level of crisis and vulnerability (19th), and respect for human rights law (18th). Switzerland consistently performed above the donor average in almost all of the crises studied this year.