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Audit Audit of federal investment and operating contributions to the Maison de la Paix in Geneva - State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation

Audit number: 16189

The Maison de la Paix in Geneva was opened in the autumn of 2014. The architecturally noteworthy construction project was carried out by the Graduate Institute for International and Development Studies (IHEID) and approximately two thirds of the building is used by the project owner for operating the graduate institute. The building is also home to three foundations supported by the Confederation – the Geneva Centre for Security Policy (GCSP), the Geneva International Centre for Humanitarian Demining (GICHD) and the Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces (DCAF) – as well as to other third-party institutions active in the areas of peace, security and foreign policy. The competence cluster that has ensued has simplified exchanges and cooperation, and solved the earlier space problem. The State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation (SERI) gave an investment contribution of CHF 33.6 million towards the total construction costs of CHF 189 million (excluding land).