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.


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.


Entering the professional world: integrating Nepalese youth into the labour market


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.


«People need to be taught to create their own opportunities»

Swiss citizen Jon Bickel has lived in Peru for the last 12 years because of his work with Swisscontact. He says that what distinguishes the foundation is that it has a different approach to that of traditional aid: «It seeks to improve people‘s skills». In doing so Swisscontact has just celebrated 50 years in Peru and Jon Bickel says there is still a lot to do.


Skills 4 Life, Kakuma - Skills development goes beyond conventional understanding of vocational training

Strengthening the income-generating capabilities of the youth in Kakuma’s refugee and host communities through enhancing technical, financial, life and literacy skills for improved livelihoods.


«It wasn’t all roses back then»

What were the challenges for international development cooperation in the 1970s and what are they today? What has changed over the years? And what does cheese have to do with Swisscontact? A discussion with two decision-makers who understand who they are as well as their field: Samuel Bon, Managing Director of Swisscontact since 2011 and Robert Jenny, Managing Director from 1971 to 1995.


Swiss State Secretary explore the heart of Indonesia's cocoa production

In April 2015 Marie-Gabrielle Ineichen-Fleisch visited in Mamuju the the Sustainable Cocoa Production Program (SCPP).


A Hobby that Turned into a Profession

The Increasing Employability (IME) Programme in Macedonia is working on creating 2,000 jobs, with special consideration to employment opportunities for youth and women.

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