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Guiding Principle

Employment and income forge pathways out of poverty and into a future with real opportunities.


We make a sustained, effective contribution towards the reduction of economic disparities in an increasingly complex, globalized world. 


We promote economic, social, and environmental development by helping people integrate into local economic life. We thus make it possible for them to improve their living conditions through their own initiatives.

Our Values

Our commitment


  • We are recognised as the reference for private sector development in Switzerland and worldwide.
  • We believe that market mechanisms and a strong private sector create jobs and generate income, thereby reducing poverty.
  • We are personally dedicated to our cause and loyal to our organisation.
  • We strive for professionalism and quality in project implementation and adhere to ethical principles to carry out our mission.
  • We are a politically independent and non-denominational development organisation.
  • We are dedicated to equal rights and opportunities.

Our responsibility


  • We respect our beneficiaries and all people with whom we work.
  • We respect the environment in which we operate.
  • We understand our work as a common effort, working as a team with our donors, partners, and beneficiaries.
  • We are committed to safeguarding our Code of Conduct (CoC) and feel personally accountable for our actions.
  • We meet our contractual and legal obligations.
  • We deliver evidence-based results.

How we work


  • We understand our role to be that of a facilitator in project implementation, fostering a sustainable environment for entrepreneurship, access to information, skills, and markets, while meeting the employment and income objectives.
  • We deliver practical, market-oriented solutions adapted to local realities to meet the challenges of economic development.
  • We strive for sustainability in all our activities, efforts, and resources.

Swiss Foundation for Technical Cooperation
Hardturmstrasse 123
CH-8005 Zurich

Tel. +41 44 454 17 17
Fax +41 44 454 17 97
E-Mail info@STOP-SPAM.swisscontact.org