Breaking patterns and striking new paths in Myanmar


Three success stories on Local Vocational Training in Myanmar.

The Local Vocational Training (LVT) improves competencies of disadvantaged women and men in the South-East of Myanmar according to labour market demand. This training is part of the Vocational Skills Development Program (VSDP), financed by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC).



Gold dust and coffee beans - a story from Honduras

What do coffee and gold have in common? In the El Paraíso region of Honduras, both commodities are closely tied to the history of the locality Las Selvas.


Youth Employment Project and Partners signed Agreements for Intervention 3


The Youth Employment Project and the Partners Janahit Samaj Sewa Nepal, Sahayogi Samaj Nepal and Skill Nepal have signed agreements on 15th December 2017 at Swisscontact Nepal Office in Kathmandu for the execution of Skill Enhancement Training and related activities in the districts of Mahottari, Sarlahi, Morang and Sunsari starting in 2017.


Kosovo Reaches “Turning Point” with Organic Certification of Products


On 21 December 2017, eighteen Kosovo companies received organic certification for their products. These certificates issued by the certification body Albinspekt mark the successful completion of the support provided to these companies also through Swiss Government funds.


Swiss Government Continues Support to Promote Private Sector Employment in Kosovo


On 13 December 2017, Kosovo Minister of Trade and Industry Bajram Hasani and the Director of the Swiss Cooperation Office in Kosovo Patrick Etienne signed an agreement to continue the support of the Swiss Government for employment creation in the private sector in Kosovo.


Enterprise Development Day held in Mawlamyine, Mon State on 9th December 2017

Entrepreneurship Development Network Asia (Myanmar) organized an Enterprise Development Day in Mawlamyine, Mon State on 9th December 2017. The objective of this event was to celebrate the graduation of Learners attending the Entrepreneurship Development Program in Mon and Kayin States, as well as their business development and inspiring stories. The Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) finances the Program through the Vocational Skills Development Program (VSDP), being implemented by Swisscontact.


Sahaj signs partnership agreement with Development Voyage


This partnership envisions better marketing opportunities for smallholder farmers growing indigenous crops.

Albanian teachers on discovery tour in Switzerland

Today in the vocational school, tomorrow in a company – Albanian teachers on discovery tour in Switzerland


Apprenticeship is a matter of course in Switzerland, but not in Albania. That is why Swisscontact has invited twenty-four Albanian vocational school teachers, representatives of the private sector and politicians to get to know the Swiss vocational education system. For five days, they visited various players: career centres, training companies and vocational schools.


Colombia’s best cocoa producers recognized at the 5th “Cacao de Oro” competition


In the COEXCA cocoa export project Implemented by Swisscontact, roughly 3,500 Colombian cocoa farmers benefited during the 2012-2015 period. Swisscontact achieved its project objective to make Colombia an international supplier of fine aromatic cocoa, as well as to build long-term business relations with international chocolate makers.


Swisscontact supports the promotion of Malian culture

Since the outbreak of the crisis in early 2012, there have been many initiatives and projects by artists and representatives of culture in all areas whose goals are to promote cultural diversity and peace. Culture is a potential bulwark against fundamentalism and plays an important role in securing an enduring peace.

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