The primary thrust of Benin’s economic policy is to achieve a sufficient level of economic growth to be able to decrease poverty significantly. This includes broader economic diversification through the development of multiple structured value chains and incorporating agro-industrial processing in application of the principle of supply chain value addition. It also involves more effective management of public spending and more equitable geographic distribution of resources. 


  • Area: 122.622 km2
  • Population: 11,53 million
  • Capital: Porto-Novo

Swisscontact in Bénin

  • since 2002


Initial vocational education and training, Continuing Vocational Education and Training, Labour market insertion
Vocational education for the labour market (FORCE)
The programme is helping to create a more efficient and attractive vocational education system with apprenticeship training, which in turn engenders inclusive socio-economic development in Benin.
Project activities support the implementation of a national strategy for technical training and vocational education. This includes easier access to training courses in promising future professions for young people, strengthening the national education system, and supporting various reforms to improve governance in vocational education.
Sustainable agriculture
Beninclusif: dynamic markets for agricultural products
The main goal of the project is to improve living conditions for farmer families through sustainable market support services. The project’s inclusive systems approach focuses on two sectors within the poorly developed agricultural market. During the first phase (2021-2024), the focus will be on fish farming and citrus tree farming, both sectors having high economic potential.

Benin, Bolivia, Cambodia, Kosovo, Laos, Nepal, Nicaragua, Peru
Entrepreneurial ecosystems
Senior Expert Contact
Promoting entrepreneurship through expertise - Imparting technical skills through volunteer work Through their services, Senior Expert Contact (SEC) experts provide hands-on, direct support to companies and institutions in their efforts to grow.
Entrepreneurial ecosystems
Rural Economic Development Support Programme PASDER
The four departments in the northern part of the country (Alibori, Borgou, Atacora and Donga) cover almost three quarters of the country's surface area and are home to just over a third (33.9%) of the population. According to the Human Development Index (HDI) of 0.485, Benin will rank 167th out of 187 countries in 2016. Poverty has increased at...


Entrepreneurial ecosystems
Biochar: A key to combating the effects of climate change in Benin
Benin, one of the countries most vulnerable to climate disruption, faces major challenges such as prolonged drought and excessive rainfall, which have devastating consequences for small-scale farmers. These climate changes threaten food security and biodiversity in the region. However, a glimmer of hope is emerging thanks to the Programme d'Appui au Secteur du Développement Rural (PASDeR), financed by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation and implemented by the Swisscontact-Lares consortium. Together, they are working to implement adaptation and mitigation measures to counter these challenges.
Sustainable agriculture
Empowering women by strengthening agricultural institutions
Around 70% of Benin’s working population are employed in agriculture – a sector which is growing steadily and has a lot of potential. On the flip side, however, the country faces major challenges such as low agricultural diversification, severe soil degradation and vulnerability to climate change. In northern Benin, Swisscontact is helping to improve the working and living conditions of the rural population – particularly women – on a lasting basis.
Sustainable agriculture
Training mango growers in fruit fly control
Most mango orchards in Benin are exposed to attacks by the fruit fly and other insects that destroy mango trees and cause production losses, diminishing commercial success. To avoid these attacks, the PASDeR programme supported the National Federation of Mango Producers (FeNaProM) in organising training on fruit fly control techniques. This training aims to considerably reduce post-production losses in order to improve producers' income.
Directrice Bénin
Christiane Dehoue

Our approach

To push economic development and fight poverty we are implementing programmes in two specific domains: skills development and enterprise development. 

We apply principles of subsidiarity, an organizing principle that matters ought to be handled by the least centralized and most local competent authority, in addition to sustainability and facilitation of autonomy in project implementation. We are always searching to anchor our interventions in close alignment with the public and private sector actors whom we support and in whom we believe. Our support, along with the help offered by our various implementation partners, must align with the socio-cultural logic and realities of local Beninese communities. This support focuses on the following: 

  • SME development 
  • Development of vocational education and training 
  • Certification and accreditation of vocational training 
  • Organising the supply and demand of training 
  • Labour market integration and youth employment 
Notre approche
Swisscontact est présente au Bénin depuis 2002. Pour favoriser le développement économique et la lutte contre la pauvreté, nous exécutons des programmes dans deux domaines à savoir : le développement des compétences et la promotion des entreprises.  
Domaines d'interventions
Swisscontact Bénin a démarré ses activités en 2002. Elle s'est donnée pour ambition d’accompagner les acteurs publics et privés pour favoriser l’employabilité, l’amélioration des revenus et l’augmentation de la productivité dans le secteur de l'artisanat et de l'agriculture.
The objective of Swisscontact’s work is to open up pathways out of poverty for people in developing countries through broad-based economic development projects.

Motivated and productive employees with initiative constitute the most important success factor in all areas of our work. We count on motivated individuals who are looking to the future, impact- and team-oriented, and want to work in international development cooperation.
Initial vocational education and training
Un engagement de longue date en faveur de l’amélioration de la qualité de la Formation Professionnelle au Bénin
Arrivés à terme fin 2019, après respectivement plus de quatre et six années de fonctionnement, il
ne fait nul doute que les projets AFPIJE et PAFPA ont apporté, de par les nombreuses bonnes pratiques et innovations, une réelle valeur ajoutée au système de la formation professionnelle au Bénin en termes de stratégies, afin d’en améliorer sa pertinence, sa qualité et sa performance.
The abilities and readiness for action of our employees are decisive for our projects’ ability to achieve sustainable impact, as well as our long-term success. As an attractive employer, Swisscontact invests in a positive management and work culture. This is defined by our fundamental understanding of development intended to serve not only our beneficiaries in project countries but our employees as well.

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