We use the driving power of the private sector to scale sustainable development and broad-based well-being in developing countries and emerging economies. Through our longstanding partnership approaches with global and local partners, we have catalyzed the private sector’s potential and develop innovative, market-oriented approaches to tackle development challenges at local levels. Through these efforts we support locally led and private sector development that achieves measurable and sustainable economic growth towards achieving the SDGs.
Swisscontact works together with multiple partners: national, regional, and local governments, civil society organizations, global and local companies, investors, and donors. As a convener, we engage these diverse actors and leverage their different skills, knowledge and market roles to help create sustainable development solutions. The private sector plays a unique role in this process.
In an increasingly interconnected world with more recognition of shared value approaches, there are ever more overlaps between business interests and development goals. These provide a basis for many dynamic collaborations.
As a bridgebuilder, Swisscontact develops sustainable, multi-stakeholder collaborations to build long-term and strategic alliances between international development agencies and the private sector. The resultant market-based and long-term projects foster sustainable development.
Private sector-led and market-oriented approaches that drive socially and environmentally sustainable market economies offer the best conditions for people and businesses to reach their full potential.
The private sector brings a wealth of knowledge, innovative technologies, skills, and resources that improve and scale the effectiveness of development cooperation. Collaboration with the private sector makes it possible to achieve results that encompass development priorities and address climate change that can be scaled through private sector investments that create jobs, employ green technologies, and work towards net zero carbon targets.
Swisscontact believes that applying market-oriented approaches, attracting investments, and closing technological and financial gaps can help achieve the global development goals. In this way we achieve a broader outreach and long lasting impact to strengthen the resilience and prosperity of people and communities worldwide.
Through our self-funded Swisscontact Development Programme, we co-create local development and value chain projects with private sector partners. In these partnerships, Swisscontact provides funding for technical assistance and other support and works with to committed private sector partners who also provide financing and commitments.
In these partnerships, Swisscontact provides funding for technical assistance and other support and works with committed private sector partners who also provide financing and commitments.
Swisscontact facilitates partnerships with companies and investors to spur development and confront the challenges faced by companies – from the stability of value chains to investments in local businesses and workforce development. Our approach:
These partnerships are based on strong alignment of business interests with public sector development goals. Through PPPs, we link shared resources, risks, and responsibilities. Swisscontact plays a neutral role in this process, focusing on initiating partnerships, exchanging knowledge, technologies, and financial resources, and operationalizing project implementation.
Swisscontact supports private sector initiatives by developing sustainable solutions with companies to support local private sector development. Through its long-standing support for local market systems and value chains, Swisscontact has established extensive local businesses networks and contacts. This knowledge and insights of the social and economic context as well as the dynamics of regional and national market mechanisms help ensure project success.
Swisscontact has decades-long experience working with private sector companies to achieve sustainable business objectives and socially beneficial outcomes. We offer companies multiple approaches to develop innovative, sustainable, and socially responsible projects.