Swisscontact supports economic, social and ecological development of South Asia by implementing projects which enable people to improve their living conditions on their own initiatives. Swisscontact has been engaged in international development cooperation in the region since 1962, when it started working in Chandigarh, India and established the Indo-Swiss Training Centre. Gradually, Swisscontact expanded operations across Bangladesh in 1979, Pakistan and Sri Lanka in 1980 and Nepal in 1990.
At present, Swisscontact South Asia has the largest portfolio of development projects in Bangladesh and the office located in Dhaka functions as the South Asia Regional Office (SARO). Swisscontact also maintains a country office in Kathmandu, Nepal.
Swisscontact aims to further strengthening its presence in South Asia whilst building and maintaining strong networks with private businesses; public agencies; micro, small and medium enterprises; non-governmental organisations and civil society; bi- and multi-lateral donor agencies and host governments.
Katalyst is a market development project that aims to contribute to increasing the income of poor men and women in rural areas. The project does this by facilitating changes in services, inputs and product markets, which in turn increases the competitiveness of farmers and small enterprises. More
M4C aims to improve the market systems for the poor people living on the chars (riverine islands formed from silt deposition and erosion) of ten districts in Northern and North Western Bangladesh, thus opening up new opportunities for job and income generation. M4C manages a mixed portfolio of sectors that is assessed annually. Current portfolio includes agriculture crops such as maize, chili, jute, groundnut, etc; non-farm sector such as handicrafts and cross-cutting sectors such as transport. More
Building on TARSAN’s achievements, the project - Improving Rural Healthcare Service through Community Paramedic Programme, branded as ASTHA, has been designed to continue with the development and integration of community paramedic services in Nilphamari, Patuakhali, and Sunamganj. Its focus will be to increase medical healthcare outreach in rural areas of Bangladesh. More
YEP - Nepal is working in four districts of Eastern and Central Region of Nepal. The project promotes the integration of youth into the job market through improved and market oriented offers. The overall objective of the project is to facilitate wage and/or self-employment for targeted Nepali youth so they earn a living and are empowered to engage in youth policy dialogue. The project started in 2013 with funding from SDC and aims to contribute to the employment and empowerment of youths in Nepal. More
As part of the portfolio of SME development projects in Nepal, Swisscontact in partnership with Adam Smith International and The Springfield Centre is implementing a five-year programme titled Samarth-NMDP. The DFID funded programme started in 2012 in partnership with the Government of Nepal. The programme aims to reduce poverty in Nepal by increasing incomes of 300,000 smallholder farmers and small-scale entrepreneurs. More
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