Bolivia: becoming a successful e-waste entrepreneur

Resource Efficiency

Switzerland is not only a pioneer, but also the world champion in recycling electrical waste. Gradually, developing countries are beginning to develop recycling systems as well: Swiss achievements adapted to local conditions for sustainable recycling systems in Latin America. Swisscontact supports Bolivia's first e-waste recycle business.


Skills development as an export good? Interview with skills development expert Matthias Jäger

Skills Development

Globally increasing youth unemployment is providing an impetus to skills development in international development cooperation. Matthias Jäger, a long-time Swisscontact associate, explains in an interview what can and cannot be expected of skills development as an international development tool.


Entering the professional world - Integrating Nepalese youth into the labour market

Skills Development

In Nepal, Swisscontact has been supporting integration of young adults into the labour market. In three-month courses, 3,500 young people are learning the basics for professions such as tailoring, mechanics, and beauticians. Three youths who have entered the professional world thanks to Swisscontact talk about how effective these course have been.


Investing in a better future: Please support our crowdfunding campaign


Entrepreneurs are at the root of private sector development and drivers to economic growth in Central America. You can help launching a new generation of entrepreneurs and sustainable businesses! Their start-ups increase household income, reduce the pressure to migrate, and support community development. We invite you to support our crowdfunding campaign by engaging in the Seed Capital Fund for women entrepreneurs in Guatemala and in the Beekeeper Export Fund for honey producers in El Salvador.



Swisscontact well equipped for the new UN Cities Agenda

Resource Efficiency

Swisscontact representatives participated in the third United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III). Held on October 17 – 20 in Quito, Ecuador, the Conference adopted the New Urban Agenda to ensure that urban inhabitants globally can lead viable and secure lives.


SDC, USAID leaders participate in Swisscontact Roundtable on Central America

Ambassador Martin Dahinden, Swiss Ambassador to the United States, welcomed distinguished speakers, including Marcela Escobari, Assistant Administrator for USAID's Bureau for Latin America and the Caribbean and Jürg Benz, Swiss Ambassador to Guatemala and Honduras, to Swisscontact’s Breakfast Roundtable on Creating Economic Opportunities for Vulnerable Populations in Central America.


Southern Laos awarded Top Destination 2016 by the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA)


Southern Laos has won the PATA CEO Challenge Top Destination 2016 award. The prestigious award, presented by the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA), recognises the region as a top emerging tourist destination displaying unique and diverse culture and heritage. Swisscontact is supporting the region since 2013.


Swisscontact participates at the Habitat III Conference in Quito

Resource Efficiency

The United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III) will be held from the 17 to 20 October 2016 in Quito, Ecuador. The objective of the Habitat III Conference is to renew the global commitment to sustainable urban development as well as to set the New Urban Agenda as a collective vision and political commitment for the future of our cities. Swisscontact will participate together with SECO, SDC and the Swiss Embassy with its own booth to present their activities in sustainable resource efficiency.


Swisscontact Celebrates 50 Years’ Promoting Development in Peru

Swisscontact joined its principal allies, including government officials, members of the international aid community in Peru, the Swiss Chamber of Commerce and others, at a cocktail event in the Swiss Ambassador’s residence.


Jon Bickel: “We want to be the Peruvian Government's partner”

Jon Bickel is Swisscontact’s representative in Peru. Organisations like Swisscontact play an important role in strengthening the economic and educational development of the country.

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