Collaboration with the Private Sector

Founded by Swiss business leaders over 60 years ago,  our commitment to the private sector is deeply rooted in our DNA. We believe that together we can achieve more if we leverage capital from the private sector to promote socially and environmentally responsible economic growth. 

We use the driving power of the private sector to scale sustainable development and broad-based well-being in developing countries and emerging economies. In order to achieve the SGDs, collaboration with the private sector is essential. 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.

Swisscontact a convener and bridgebuilder

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 and knowledge 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 values, there are ever more overlaps between business interests and development goals. These provide a basis for many dynamic collaboration.

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. 


Market-oriented solutions for 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 both development priorities and private sector profits.

Swisscontact believes that applying market-oriented approaches and investments is a sustainable path. In this way we achieve broader outreach and higher impact to strengthen the resilience of people and communities. we also close technological and financial gaps so that the global development goals can be achieved.


What we offer

Through our own 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. 

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 all the way through to labour force training. Our approach:

Building public-private partnerships (PPPs) with local and international businesses and public development agencies.

These partnerships are based on strong alignment of business interests with the development goals of the public sector. The goal is to link shared resources, risks, and responsibilities. Swisscontact plays a neutral role in this process, thus focusing on initiating partnerships, exchanging knowledge, technologies, and financial resources, and in operational project implementation. 

Design and implementation of development projects with Swiss companies in various sectors and value chains.

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.

Social Commitment

Swisscontact has decades-long experience working with private sector companies achieve sustainable business objectives and socially beneficial outcomes. We offer companies multiple approaches to develop innovative, sustainable and socially responsible projects.

Our strengths

  • Global presence
    Through our extensive presence and operations in more than 40 countries in Asia, Africa, the Americas, and Eastern Europe/Balkans, we have extensive networks with national and local governments, private sector and civil society organizations, which positions us to co-develop sustainable initiatives implemented and led by local stakeholders.
  • Local partnerships: Long-lasting and sustainable 
    We always work closely with the local private sector and civil society institutions. This puts us in a position to strengthen social and economic structures, especially in fragile environments. Our long-standing partnerships focus on jointly implemented projects that benefit all stakeholders, especially the local population.
  • Comprehensive expertise 
    Thanks to our deep rooted understanding of social, environmental, and political contexts, we are able to secure broad-based support we are able to share our technical experience and know how to create synergies. In this way we partner in and support the development of resilient communities.
  • Convening power and expert facilitation
    As a globally recognized organization, we bring the private sector, state authorities, research institutions, and civil society organizations together to foster broad-based economic development with an eye to long-term, tangible sustainability and efficacy. Swisscontact sees itself as the catalyst and provider of such processes.
We work closely together with local, national, and international partners. Our partnerships focus on bringing tangible benefits to everyone, in particular the local population. 
Examples of our projects where the private sector is brought on board to foster economic growth in various sectors, countries, and geographic contexts.