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

Agribusiness for Trade Competitiveness Project (ATC-P) branded as Katalyst

Ka­ta­lyst is a mar­ket de­ve­lop­ment pro­ject that aims to cont­ri­bu­te to in­cre­a­sing the in­co­me of poor men and women in rural areas. The pro­ject does this by fa­ci­li­ta­ting chan­ges in ser­vices, in­puts and pro­duct mar­kets, which in turn in­crea­ses the com­pe­ti­tiven­ess of far­mers and small en­t­er­pri­ses.

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Building on opportunities for impact

Swisscontact South Asia has the largest portfolio of development projects in Bangladesh and the office located in Dhaka functions as the South Asia Regional Office (SARO). Swisscontact also maintains a country office in Kathmandu, Nepal.

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SkillFUL - Skills Transform Lives

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