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


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.
Colombia, Bolivia
Green cities
Circular Cities – Colombia, Bolivia 
The planned city-to-city cooperation aims to improve the integrated and inclusive solid waste management system of the cities of Santa Cruz de la Sierra in Bolivia and Cali in Colombia. 
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.
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...
Albania, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Colombia, Indonesia, Morocco, North Macedonia, Peru, Serbia, South Africa, Tunisia, Vietnam
Trade, Initial vocational education and training, Entrepreneurial ecosystems, Sustainable tourism
Swiss Import Promotion Programme
The Swiss Import Promotion Programme (SIPPO) is a well-established mandate of the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO) within the framework of its economic development cooperation. As for the new investment phase (2017-2020), SIPPO is carried out by Swisscontact.The overall objective of the Swiss Import Promotion Programme (SIPPO) is...


Colombia, Peru, Mexico, Chile
Green cities
Using tools and policies to combat air pollution and safeguard global public health
For 3 consecutive years, 2021-2023, CALAC+ has supported the Lugano Summer School in Public Health Policy, Economics and Management (SSPH+) by sharing its strategies for improving air quality to protect human health.
Sustainable agriculture
Transforming Cacao: The Story of Chocolate Colombia and its Struggle for Sustainability and Resilience
A Journey from Coca Cultivation to Sustainable Cocoa Production
Sustainable agriculture
Resilience: The driving force behind Colombia's cocoa farmers
The small cocoa farmers in region Antioquia are the lifelines of their communities. Their survival depends on agriculture, but it is increasingly exposed to the effects of climate change. 
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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