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.


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.


Omar Faruk Mondol


The availability of relevant, up-to-date agriculture information and services is one of the key elements needed to empower small farmers, allowing them to reduce potential losses and increase productivity. Katalyst identified that information and communication technologies (ICT) such as mobile phones offer an effective and easy way to help get farmers the support they need. In 2008, Katalyst and telecom operator Banglalink established a call centre-based helpline which provides farmers with solutions to their agriculture queries.



Skills Development: Prospects for Professional Careers in Myanmar


Myanmar has immense economic potential. However, the country lacks trained professionals to sustain its economic growth. Through the Vocational Skills Development Program (VSDP), financed by SDC, Swisscontact is helping to bridge this gap. Read here how young men and women in Myanmar profit from this project.


Bolivia: becoming a successful e-waste entrepreneur


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


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.

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