Traditionally, Colombia has enjoyed significant economic growth, accompanied by important economic and social stability. Nevertheless, many economic sectors still require greater competitiveness to improve their access to local, national and international markets. In order to contribute to the country's sustainable and inclusive growth, we focus our work on improving competitiveness and internationalisation, particularly in the value chains of cocoa, coffee, natural ingredients, tourism, fruits, among others. We apply a market systems and landscape development approach and facilitate our projects in a multi-stakeholder ecosystem at all levels.

Facts and figures

  • Area: 1,141,748 km²
  • Population: 48,300,000
  • Capital: Bogotá

Swisscontact in Colombia

  • since 2010


Colombia, Bolivia, Switzerland
Green cities
Circular Cities – Colombia, Bolivia 
This project aims to improve the integrated and inclusive solid waste management system of Santa Cruz de la Sierra in Bolivia and Santiago de Cali in Colombia following a circular economy vision. 
Entrepreneurial ecosystems, Sustainable tourism
Colombia + Competitiva - Strengthening the Competitiveness of the Private Sector
The Programme aims to support Colombia in its systematic efforts to improve the competitiveness of its private sector in the framework of the National System of Competitiveness, Science, Technology and Innovation and its Productive Development Policy.
"Colombia + Competitiva" follows a programmatic and systemic approach with clear ownership of the...
Colombia, Ecuador, Peru
Regional Protection and Migration Programme
Strengthening protection practices of humanitarian actors in the Latin American region through the creation of evidence on good practices in protecting people on the move.
Sustainable agriculture
Sustainable Sourcing Landscapes
The project seeks to improve the livelihood and wellbeing of rural families in the selected areas by creating sustainable sourcing landscapes with deforestation-free and climate-friendly supply chains for present and future generations.
Entrepreneurial ecosystems
Inclusive Border (Frontera Inclusiva)
The Inclusive Border project will support the generation and strengthening of business units for the vulnerable populations linked to the informal sale and distribution of liquid fuel in border areas in the north of Santander.


Green cities
Circular economy is fostering positive change for recycling organisations and their workers
According to the UN, one of the four main problems standing in the way of achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) is the growing amount of waste. A Word Bank study has shown that waste management currently accounts for about 1.6 billion tons of climate-damaging greenhouse gases. Without improvement measures, these numbers are expected to increase even further. But ‘recicladores’ all around Colombia are trying to make a difference. Swisscontact works with public and private partners to improve the working conditions of these informal waste pickers. 
Bolivia, Colombia, Peru, Honduras, El Salvador, Guatemala
Sustainable agriculture, Green cities, Initial vocational education and training, Labour market insertion
Investing in women drives progress
This Women's Day, Swisscontact joins the UN's theme “Invest in Women: Accelerate Progress” because we believe that on the road to progress and equality, investment in women plays a fundamental role: it can generate economic growth, innovation and creativity, develops communities, and it promotes sustainability and equality.
Colombia, Bolivia, Switzerland
Green cities
"Circular Cities": a new city-to-city cooperation betweeen the City of Zurich and Santa Cruz, Bolivia, and Cali, Colombia
Newsletter article of the City of Zurich
Directora Colombia
Amalia Vásquez

Swisscontact in Colombia

Swisscontact has been working in Colombia since 2010. We have implemented programs and projects aimed at inclusive economic, social and environmental development, through the following lines of work: 

  • Competitiveness 
  • Internationalisation 
  • Improvement of housing conditions in informal settlements 
  • Strengthening of value chains (specialty cacao, sustainable tourism, natural ingredients for cosmetics, sustainable construction) 
  • Opportunities for the vulnerable population (demobilised population) 
  • Energy efficiency 

In recent years, Swisscontact has established a solid network of public and private partners and a strong coordination with different international cooperation organizations. Based on this, we have implemented interventions at different levels: from public policies for innovation, competitiveness and quality of the capacity development system; to supporting value chains at the subnational level and improving the quality of life of the population at risk. 

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