Welcome to Swisscontact - South Asia

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.

Agribusiness for Trade Competitiveness Project (ATC-P) branded as Katalyst

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

Making Markets Work for the Jamuna, Padma and Teesta Chars (M4C)

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

Achieving Sustainability towards Healthcare Access (IRHSCPP) ASTHA

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

Building Skills for Unemployed and Underemployed Labour (B-SkillFUL)

B-SkillFUL aims to improve the well-being of poor and disadvantaged men and women by increasing their access to the labour market and enhancing their incomes, while safeguarding their fundamental rights at work. The project facilitates implementation of training programmes through local Training Service Providers (TSPs) in Dhaka, Bogra, Sunamganj, Jessore and other districts on marketable skills. B-SkillFUL also raises awareness amongst the graduates and informal sector enterprises on issues of decent work (workplace safety, labour rights etc.). More

Nepal Agricultural Market Development Programme (NAMDP)

The Nepal Agricultural Market Development Programme (NAMDP) is a market systems development programme under SDC's Nepal Agriculture Growth Initiative (NAGI) which aims to sustainably improve livelihoods of rural smallholders, especially disadvantaged groups and women-headed households, through participation in commercial agriculture and interconnected markets. >More

Nepal Vocational Qualifications System (NVQS)

Nepal Vocational Qualifications System (NVQS) programme will support the Ministry of Education and the Council for Technical Education and Vocational Training (CTEVT) to establish a National Vocational Qualifications (NVQ) Framework and a corresponding NVQ Authority to manage it. Learners and workers, especially from disadvantaged groups, will benefit from an improved vocational training qualification and skills certification system, thus increasing their chances for sustainable and decent employment. >More

Youth Employment Project (YEP) - Nepal

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