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.

Myanmar

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.

Bangladesh

Skills for better life

Skills

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.

Maroc

Le design du massif du Siroua

Skills

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.

Kosovo

The Sleeping Beauty Awakens

Tourism

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.

Mali

Seydou Coulibaly

Skills

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).

Albania

The New Zuckerbergs

Skills

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.

Bangladesh

Mohammad Ali

Skills

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.

Bangladesh

Firoza Aktar

Skills

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.

Bangladesh

Parul Begum

Enterprise

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.

Bangladesh

Omar Faruk Mondol

Skills

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.

 

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