Kosovo’s Tourism Offers and Destination Information Reach the Japanese Market


Information about Kosovo as a promising new tourism destination is being exhibited for the Japanese market. Three tour operators and the Kosovo Alternative Tourism Association join as exhibitors the annual Tourism Expo Japan on 21 – 24 September 2017.

Coaching for Employment and Entrepreneurship project Albania

Coaching for Employment and Entrepreneurship in Albania

Swisscontact runs the Coaching for Employment and Entrepreneurship project (C4EE) in Albania, in partnership with the National Employment Service Directorate. The project aims to improve school-to-work transition and labour market accessibility for vulnerable groups who face significant difficulty finding employment. The 12-month coaching cycle is based on ‘core competencies’, combining training components with individual guidance.


Uttoron launches motivational workshop for potential trainees in three districts of Sylhet

Uttoron-skills for better life, a project funded by Chevron and implemented by Swisscontact has started second round of motivational workshop for the youth of three districts of Sylhet division, namely Sylhet, Habiganj and Moulvibazar. Participants of these training workshops will be selected for skills trainings on different trades under Uttoron project.


Empowering Women in Myanmar’s Hospitality Sector

Swisscontact, financed by SDC and in partnership with hotels in four of Myanmar’s tourism hotspots, started the Hotel Training Initiative in September 2014. Part of the Vocational Skills Development Programme, the courses offer disadvantaged women and men a chance to learn needed job skills, while supplying much-needed skilled workers to the areas’ hospitality industry. Read how these courses open doors to hospitality careers.


The Evolution of Artisanal Vocational Training in Benin (in french)

Swisscontact has made it possible to launch, support and reinforce the process of institutionalizing dual-type vocational training. More than 64,000 people have been educated in vocational training since 2002 (in french).


Promoting Market Oriented Skills in the Great Lakes Region

The second phase of PROMOST (Promoting Market Oriented Skills Training) in the Great Lakes Region supports the Government’s efforts to improve access, quality and relevance of the TVET system. To enable access to a more diversified and equitable TVET system, a new Vocational Training Centre is being constructed in the Nyabihu District in Rwanda.


Swisscontact Wins the First FoBBIZ Prize

The Swiss Forum for Skills Development and International Cooperation (FoBBIZ) launched its very first FOBBIZ Prize competition in 2016. It supports innovative skills development initiatives rooted in Swiss vocational education and training expertise. The Junior Passport to Success (JPS) Initiative in Southern Laos won the first prize for the innovative way it brings hospitality training to less advantaged people in rural Southern Laos.


Open Air Cinemas for Sustainable Health Promotion

The Achieving Sustainability to Healthcare Access (ASTHA) Project in Bangladesh aims to facilitate healthcare in the country. The project is taking a new approach and has started organizing interactive market sessions. Within these events, a new documentary drama is being screened in an open-air cinema.


Katalyst - Improving Business, Improving Lives in Bangladesh


Katalyst - the largest market development project in South Asia has come to an end after 17 years. By March 2017 4.69 million SMEs and farmers benefitted income increase in around USD 689 million.



The Sleeping Beauty Awakens


Through their Opportunity Fund, the PPSE project in Kosovo is funding the enhancement of selected tourism attractions. In the region of Pejë/Peć, it has co-financed the restoration of the Cave of Radavc (also called ‘The Sleeping Beauty’) in 2016.

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