El Salvador

El Salvador, located in Central America, has a territory which is divided into 14 departments, 35 districts and 262 municipalities. In 1992, after 12 years of civil war, the country managed to achieve peace and democracy. Since 1992, there have been six consecutive democratic presidential elections with peaceful transitions of power. It has an open doors foreign policy which places great importance in regional integration, the protection of its sovereignty and territorial integrity, international cooperation for development, the promotion of economic relations, the care of Salvadorans abroad and respect for Human Rights. El Salvador continues to push forward social development and economic growth to improve the quality of life of its citizens. 

facts and figures

  • Area: 21,041 km²
  • Population: 6,453,000
  • Capital: San Salvador

Swisscontact in El Salvador

  • since 1996


El Salvador
Labour market insertion, Upskilling and reskilling, Entrepreneurial ecosystems
Gene-Sis project of Nuevas Oportunidades El Salvador
This project addresses one of the most pressing humanitarian crises in Central America. Thousands of migrants are forced every year to return to their home countries. Back in their country, many returning migrants face difficulties: although most returnees have no criminal background, the deportees are perceived as criminals by their fellow citizens and have difficulty integrating into the labour market. At the same time, these practically experienced skilled workers bear great potential as there is a demand for qualified workers in growing economic sectors.
El Salvador, Guatemala
Labour market insertion, Sustainable tourism
Nuevas Oportunidades: Productive Reintegration of Returning Migrants
The project seeks the productive reintegration of returning migrants through the introduction of certification of competences in El Salvador and eventually in the whole Northern Triangle (El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras).Thousands of migrants are forced every year to return to their home countries. Back in their country in the northern...


Bolivia, Peru, El Salvador
Supporting Businesses in Latin America adapting to the challenges of the Covid-19 crisis
It is just over a year since the first case of Covid-19 was confirmed in Latin America. According to the World Bank, Latin America has become the region hit hardest by the pandemic. Learn more in this LinkedIn article of Swisscontact CEO Samuel Bon.
Bolivia, Peru, El Salvador
Upskilling and reskilling, Labour market insertion
Overcoming the Covid-19 crisis in Latin America – How projects have adapted to meet challenges during the pandemic
Innovative solutions are essential to meet the challenges during the Covid-19 crisis. Three examples from Latin America show how the projects Swisscontact implements have adapted to the new circumstances and demonstrated resilience in the face of the pandemic. In El Salvador, complementary carpentry training for returning migrants is being adapted to the new market conditions. Master builders in Peru are developing digital skills in order to improve safety during construction projects. In Bolivia, mechanical engineers designed and developed a respiratory assistance device for families in rural parts of the country.
Colombia, El Salvador, Ecuador, Bolivia, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Peru
Training in Development of Inclusive Market Systems for 'Habitat for Humanity'
Swisscontact holds a training course on the Development of Inclusive Market Systems in San José, Costa Rica, from 9th to 13th December 2019. The workshop is conducted for Habitat for Humanity officials from Mexico, Costa Rica, Chile and Peru and is facilitated by Swisscontact's Regional Director for Latin America and the Caribbean, Sven Gehlhaar,...
Regional Director Latin America
Saúl Díaz Ortíz


Swisscontact has been implementing specific projects in El Salvador since 1996 in the following thematic areas: 

  1. Vocational training: Productive employment and income generation through market-oriented vocational training with better access to the labor market. 
  2. Business promotion: Strengthening the productivity and competitiveness of small and medium-sized companies through sustainable value chains, improved market access and development of the local economy. 
  3. Inclusive finance: Strengthen entrepreneurs by improving their access to financial services and products, as well as basic financial training. 
  4. Climate-friendly economy: Creation of green jobs through efficient use of natural resources and ecological production. 
Nuestro equipo en El Salvador
Fomento de la Competitividad para una Apicultura Sostenible
El Proyecto Mejora del Acceso a Mercados Globales y al Financiamiento para los Pequeños Apicultores (ATN/ME-15243-RG) mejor conocido como Fomento de la Competitividad para una Apicultura Sostenible (FOCAPIS) creó oportunidades para que los apicultores de El Salvador y Nicaragua tuvieran acceso a mercados de mayor valor a través del apoyo al proceso de certificación orgánica y al fomento de la diversificación de los productos derivados de la colmena.


Swisscontact El Salvador
Residencial Escalonia
y Calle Escalonia Casa # 14-E
Colo­nia Escalón
San Salvador