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Swisscontact is an independent non-profit development organisation established in 1959 by representatives of the Swiss private sector and civil society. Our work focuses on private sector-led, sustainable economic development and improved quality of life for all in developing and emerging countries. A key focus is to strengthen the skills of individuals and foster the competitiveness of businesses.
Results and Impact
Swisscontact implements 133 projects in 41 countries. We have achieved these broadly effective results.
Collaboration with the Private Sector
Swisscontact was founded more than 60 years ago by exponents of Swiss business. Our commitment to the private sector is deeply rooted in our DNA.
Annual Report 2022
2022 was marked by immense challenges, such as the outbreak of the war in Ukraine and high inflation. The negative developments over this past year have weighed on international development cooperation, and this at a time when we are still having to deal with the consequences of the pandemic. Thanks to considerable flexibility and collaboration with our partners in the public and private sector, Swisscontact was able to continue its projects even under these difficult conditions.
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Join us – together we can achieve sustainable progress for local people
Our development programme is the centrepiece of Swisscontact. In 2023, it encompassed 30 projects in 21 countries. In the development programme we test new ideas and further develop existing innovations that have been proven effective over time.  We link Swiss and international actors from the public and private sector as well as academia. In this way the programme supports cross-sectoral approaches and cooperation.