In 2022, Swisscontact developed a three-year SECO programme focusing on Indonesia’s Leuser Alas-Singkil drainage basin (LASR). The Leuser ecosystem covers more than 2.6 million hectares of land in numerous provinces in the north of Indonesia, encompassing valuable ecosystems with rainforests, rivers, lakes, and carbon-rich peatland. The LASR landscape is under serious threat from overuse, expanding agriculture, deforestation, and the resultant soil degradation.
The programme’s objective is to bring district-level stakeholders and government authorities to the table and search for solutions together to protect the natural ecosystems. Better framework conditions allow inhabitants of the LASR region to live in an intact ecosystem, as well as to earn a decent living, working within sustainable value chains. Further interim objectives of the programme include the more sustainable production of agricultural products and stronger private-sector investment.
Sustainable Landscape Program Indonesia - Projects - Site (swisscontact.org)
The Covid-19 pandemic altered the education system more significantly than just about anything before. Billions of students had to rely on information technology (IT) to learn or to communicate with each other. Given this new reality, vocational education institutes in developing countries had to help their teaching staff take advantage of everything IT can offer to meet the needs both of their students and the companies training them.
In Albania, Swisscontact developed a modular training and coaching programme (Digi-VET) for vocational schools, which is by now considered a leader in the field of inclusive learning. The programme works with educational institutes in developing countries and constitutes an important step in the promotion of digitisation in education. It offers trainees support in creating digital content and applying e-learning principles.
Originally developed in the English language, the training programme was replicated successfully in other Swisscontact projects around the world in 2022. For example, experts from Albania collaborated remotely with training institutes in Cambodia.
More on the collaboration with the private sector in the video.
The global economy is complex. Companies face great challenges in terms of complying with standards for human rights, the environment, and social justice.
Swisscontact works together with various partners: regional authorities, civil society institutions, global and local companies, investors, and donors. As an intermediary, Swisscontact connects these actors, harnessing their skills and insights to create sustainable development solutions.
In an increasingly interlinked world where common values are ever-more important, there are many overlaps between the interests of development and business. Swisscontact is therefore intensifying its collaboration with the private sector.
As a bridgebuilder, Swisscontact is developing sustainable collaboration spanning multiple actors to build long-term and strategic alliances between international development cooperation and the private sector. The market-based and long-term projects that result consequently foster sustainable development.
Collaboration with the Private Sector - About us - Site (swisscontact.org)
The purpose of the SDC project, co-financed by Geberit, is to create improved employment and income-generating opportunities for healthcare workers attending vocational schools in Ukraine.
To ensure its operation during the war, the project team quickly adapted its activities to the situation. In coordination with the project donors, a portion of the budget was reallocated to cover the most urgent needs of participating schools. Thus, for example, healthcare institutes were upgraded to deal with internal refugees currently housed in the dormitories of vocational schools located in Western and Central Ukraine, and first-aid courses for healthcare workers were conducted. School directors received comprehensive training in how to build and manage a vocational school, enabling them to put their schools back into operation after the war and guide them to a resilient future. A mobile platform and an app were developed for vocational school students, which they used to continue their coursework remotely.
Despite the daily power cuts, constant air attacks and logistical interruptions when organising activities, the project team succeeded in creating impactful solutions and implementing newly planned activities.
Better Training for Ukrainian Plumbers - Projects - Site (swisscontact.org)