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

Investing in a Better Future

Entrepreneurs. They are at the root of private sector development and drivers to economic growth in Central America. They inspire us. Their small businesses increase household income, reduce pressures to migrate, and support community development.

 

To help launch a new generation of entrepreneurs and sustainable businesses, we invite you to support the Seed Capital Fund for women entrepreneurs in Guatemala and Beekeeper Export Fund for honey producers in El Salvador.

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Our Services

Established in 2008, Swisscontact North America is an independent 501(c)3 organization incorporated in the State of Delaware and registered in the State of New York.

Swisscontact North America achieves its mission by developing and expanding ties between private and public funders in North America and Swisscontact, the Swiss Foundation for Technical Cooperation, an international NGO based in Switzerland.

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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