Founded in 1959 and registered under Swiss law, we are an independent non-profit organisation. We are politically and denominationally neutral.

We promote inclusive economic, social and ecological development to make an effective contribution towards sustainable and widespread prosperity in developing and emerging economies.

With this objective in mind, we offer economically and socially disadvantaged people a chance to improve their lives on their own initiative.

Foundation Council
As a strategic management and supervisory body, the Foundation Council performs management and supervisory functions and bears overall responsibility for the Foundation, in particular for its business activities, the administration and use of assets, risk management and internal monitoring and control.
Subsidiary Companies
Our subsidiaries ensure close customer contact and provide a wide range of consulting, advisory services, and practical hands-on training. They also engage in applied research.