Current and ground-breaking events

Intimate and magnificent views of our project activities with mini-tours through our pictorial history in a new world of experiences.

Continents, countries, and cultures: immerse yourself in the world of our projects. From the successful farmer in Mali with her mango dream, or the heroic women's cricket player in Bangladesh, a high-level state visit to Indonesia's cocoa plantations, all the way to the committed organic vegetable farmer in Macedonia. And new stories are constantly joining this list.

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.


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.


Skills for better life


Targeting of appropriate beneficiaries has been always a challenge for development projects and it is considered as most crucial part for the success of any project. Achievement of project objectives largely depends on the right selection of project beneficiaries. For the case of skills development project, targeting is even more important. Inappropriate targeting will have both short and long term impacts. Dropouts during training or even after completion of training is the biggest challenge for skills development projects.


Le design du massif du Siroua


Dès le VIIIe siècle, de splendides tapis furent tissés au Maroc. C’est à cette époque que les Berbères s’établirent dans la région qui devint par la suite le Maroc actuel. De nos jours, la laine provient toujours des moutons élevés dans les montagnes de l’Atlas.


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.


Seydou Coulibaly


Seydou Coulibaly a choisi de s’engager dans la lutte contre la déforestation qui dégrade l'environnement de sa région en général et de son village natal, Togo, en particulier. Après une formation de 3 ans à la conception et la fabrication de matériels de cuisson solaire aux Pays-Bas et en Ouganda, M. Coulibaly est revenu au pays pour créer son entreprise Togo Tilé (le soleil de Togo).


The New Zuckerbergs


With international support and inspired by the Europe 2020 agenda, Albania has developed a national strategy on skills and jobs to ensure greater opportunities for youth, contributing to a virtuous cycle of poverty reduction, sustainable development and social inclusion. The Swisscontact Skills 4 Jobs Project addresses the main challenges of the Albanian vocational skills development system: low quality and status; insufficient financing; lack of labour market orientation and a weak private sector involvement.


Mohammad Ali


High quality inputs such as fingerlings, commercial feeds and aqua chemicals are key factors in commercially-profitable fish farming. Small fish farmers however lack access to these inputs: private companies usually cater only for medium and large fish farmers. Even when small farmers do get improved access to quality inputs, their knowledge of effective culturing techniques tends to be limited, and improper post-harvest management practices can result in considerable wastage of the fish produced.


Firoza Aktar


Bangladesh’s craft sector employs a large number of women. Tapping into the sector’s potential for women’s economic empowerment, Katalyst identified that by providing independent craft producers and poor women artisans with better access to skills development, knowledge of effective production technologies, and market linkages, they can increase their income and lift themselves out of poverty.


Parul Begum


Many women in rural Bangladesh grow vegetables in their homestead gardens to support their families. Despite the scope which exists for vegetable cultivation, in char (islets) regions this is rather limited, as many farmers are unaware of its profit-earning potential; they also lack access to quality inputs such as seeds which are genetically of good quality. To increase awareness and availability of quality vegetable seeds, Katalyst partnered with Lal Teer Seed Ltd, a leading Bangladeshi seed company, to extend its market in the char areas.

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