Swisscontact is the business-oriented independent foundation for international development cooperation. Represented in 34 countries with over 1200 employees, it promotes – since 1959 – economic, social and environmental development.

Our Engagement

Private Sector Promotion

Employment and income open up pathways out of poverty into a future with real opportunities.
Sustainable growth, driven by an innovative private sector, adding value to underdeveloped regions and
engaging disadvantaged populations as active market participants is the foundation of Swisscontact’s project
work, which focuses on four core areas such as skills, enterprise, finance and environment.

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Our Portfolio

In the last 50 years Swisscontact has acquired extensive experience in the development and implementation of skills development programmes around the world. They range from training for young people with no basic education to professional training of technical specialists. Swisscontact is committed to sustainably improve the effectiveness and demand orientation of skills development programmes.

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Skills Development – The Best Start to a Successful Life

Swisscontact at a Glance

Swisscontact

Swisscontact is the business-oriented independent foundation for international development cooperation.
Represented in 34 countries with over 1200 employees, it promotes - since 1959 - economic, social and environmental development.

Mission

We promote economic, social and ecological development.
We achieve our mission by creating opportunities for people seeking to improve their living conditions and livelihoods through their own initiatives and integrating them into the local economic life.

Work

Swisscontact acts as catalyst for project implementation: promoting a conducive environment for entrepreneurship, access to information, skill and markets.
Swisscontact provides practical, market driven and locally customized solutions to socio-economic development challenges

Topics

Employment and income open pathways out of poverty into a future with opportunities. A prerequisite for this is sustainable growth, driven by an innovative private sector.
Activities in private sector development are focussed on vocational education and training, labor market inseration, strengthening of local SMEs, access to financial services and the efficient use of resources.

Inclusive Markets

The Inclusive Markets approach, developped and shaped by Swisscontact, aimes to make market systems more inclusive, thus creating jobs and affordable goods and services which the poor are able to access.
The approach adresses constraints and chances of existing market systems and what interventions are needed to create new opportunities for the disadvantaged.

Swisscontact
Swiss Foundation for Technical Cooperation
Hardturmstrasse 123
CH-8005 Zürich

Tel. +41 44 454 17 17
Fax +41 44 454 17 97
E-Mail info@STOP-SPAM.swisscontact.ch