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The SDC has supported Fondation Hirondelle for 20 years


                  Our partner for 20 years, the Swiss Confederation has dedicated an article to our work and our cooperation. "Fondation Hirondelle, a Swiss NGO based in Lausanne, supports independent media in crisis zones. For the past 20 years, it has been committed to free journalism, contributing to re-establishing dialogue, fostering peace and promoting economic growth and democracy. Fondation Hirondelle enjoys the backing of the SDC. It supports the creation and management of independent media in conflict or post-conflict areas. The association’s work is based on the conviction that impartial, independent and accurate information provided to those who are deprived of it is the...

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