Economic and Financial Analysis (EFA) of SDC projects 01.01.2021-31.12.2025

The HAFL Hugo P. Cecchini Institute at BFH, together with its partners of IKAT, has been mandated by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) to support and conduct economic and financial analyses (EFA) of SDC-funded projects.


  • Lead school School of Agricultural, Forest and Food Sciences
  • Institute HAFL Institut Hugo P. Cecchini
  • Research unit International Agriculture and Rural Development
  • Funding organisation Schweizerische Eidgenossenschaft (Bundesverwaltung)
  • Duration (planned) 01.01.2021 - 31.12.2025
  • Project management Prof. Dr. Dominique Guenat
  • Head of project Prof. Dr. Dominique Guenat
  • Project staff Prof. Dr. Dominique Guenat
    Bastian Mengel
  • Partner Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC)
  • Keywords Project cycle management and impact assessment;Capacity building;


The Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) receives its funds from the federal treasury and thus from Swiss taxpayers. It is therefore legally obliged to use these funds and assets in an orderly, efficient, cost-effective and economical manner in accordance with the objectives of the individual projects in question. Economic and financial analyses (EFA) are not only essential in the process of the proper use of funds but also beneficial throughout the project cycle. They allow for discussion and improvement of project sustainability, understanding of strengths and weaknesses during implementation and help in the review and preparation of subsequent project phases. As a result, SDC has been implementing EFA for several years. However, the results are still unsatisfying concerning the amount of projects implementing EFA. Consequently, SDC decided that it will be mandatory for all project phases with a budget above CHF 6 million to carry out an EFA (unless proven not appropriate). The HAFL Hugo P. Cecchini Institute at BFH, together with its partners of IKAT (International Quality Assurance Trainers,, has been mandated by SDC to support technical backstopping for conducting EFA of projects funded by SDC.

This project contributes to the following SDGs

  • 1: No poverty
  • 2: Zero hunger
  • 3: Good health and well-being
  • 4: Quality education
  • 5: Gender equality
  • 6: Clean water and sanitation
  • 8: Decent work and economic growth
  • 9: Industry, innovation and infrastructure
  • 10: Reduced inequalities
  • 11: Sustainable cities and communities
  • 13: Climate action
  • 15: Life on land
  • 16: Peace, justice and strong institutions
  • 17: Partnerships for the goals