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, Guatemala
Labour market insertion
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...
El Salvador
Entrepreneurial ecosystems
Youth Economic Dynamism
The Project develops the skills and abilities of young people, mainly women living in poverty, so that they can employ themselves with dignity or generate businesses with solid business models and thus improve their economic conditions.In El Salvador one out of four youth does not study nor work and 8 out of 10 of these youth are women. Gender gaps...
El Salvador
Initial vocational education and training
FOMILENIO II New qualification requirements for vocational education
The objective of this project is to improve the quality of vocational education and adapt the courses offered to job seekers to the demands of the labour market. Newly participating sectors actively helping to design training curricula include construction, fowl, sugar, and tourism. Through their participation, they are ensuring the trainings...


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,...
El Salvador
The Way Back Home
In the distance, you can see a distorted silhouette with steady and fast movements. The backpack sways from side to side, following the body movement. In it is a single change of clothes, a bottle of water and some cans to stave off hunger.
Interim Country Director
Mirian Urías


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. 


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