Swisscontact is an independent foundation for international cooperation which promotes economic, social and environmental development and has been operating in Guatemala since 1972. We facilitate the implementation of projects that support a sustainable business environment. 

facts and figures

  • Area: 108,889 km²
  • Population: 17,250,000
  • Capital: Guatemala City

Swisscontact in Guatemala

  • since 1972


Cambodia, Guatemala, Rwanda, Uganda
Entrepreneurial ecosystems
Credit Suisse - Swisscontact Initiative to promote entrepreneurship and innovation

The initiative serves to represent entrepreneurship and innovation in developing countries and emerging economies. Through skills transfer and cooperation, select private and public partner institutions work to enhance the economic and social significance of entrepreneurship, fostering entrepreneurial thinking and action.The initiative creates...
El Salvador, Guatemala
Labour market insertion
Nuevas Oportunidades: productive reintegration of returned migrants
The project seeks the economic reintegration of returned migrants. It enables returned migrants to certify the skills they have acquired in the United States or Mexico. After certification, they are supported in finding a job or starting their own business.
Entrepreneurial ecosystems
Accelerating the Guatemalan Entrepreneurial Ecosystem
The project fosters the development of the entrepreneurial ecosystem, actively collaborating with entrepreneurs, Entrepreneurship Support Organsations (ESOs) and the public sector to develop and move forward tools and interventions that promote collaboration, specialization of ESOs and better access of services and resources for entrepreneurs. The project seeks the capacities of Entreprenruship Support Organisations, entrepreneurs and the private and public sector to co-design and implement interventions to improve the local entrepreneurial ecosystem. 
Sustainable tourism, Labour market insertion
Economic Empowerment of Indigenous Youth and Women 

The Project will improve the living conditions of indigenous men and women between the ages of 15 and 35 years, so that they can increase their income and improve their capabilities as well as improving the current conditions for autonomous decision-making; gaining access to professional technical education and market insertion opportunities; it...
Labour market insertion
Disadvantaged young adults will be able to successfully enter professional life through solid, high-quality training. In this way they will generate income for themselves and their families, freeing themselves from poverty on their own initiative.Young men and women are learning important technical skills in vocational training. Since the project...


Entrepreneurial ecosystems
Experts from El Salvador help strengthen the entrepreneurial ecosystem in Guatemala
As part of its goal to create a competitive private sector in Guatemala, the Programme Expert Consulting Services (SEC Guatemala) will expand its offering to include mentoring and technical support from volunteer Salvadoran experts.
Kosovo, Guatemala, Cambodia, Uganda
Entrepreneurial ecosystems
Building Trust – A Playbook to Build Trust in Networks and Ecosystems
Together with Erin Ouzts and Kevin Asinde, Swisscontact has compiled methods to support ecosystem actors as they reflect on their roles and intentionally build trust within a community. 
Upskilling and reskilling, Entrepreneurial ecosystems, Labour market insertion
Empodera: a project to achieve women's economic autonomy and equality in Guatemala 
Through the Empodera project, Swisscontact aims to improve the living conditions of indigenous youth and women by promoting opportunities for vocational education and job placement. This is a vulnerable population because employment is scarce and they have little access to training and access to the labour market. Swisscontact supports the employability and entrepreneurship of young men and women, enabling them to increase their income. 
Country Director Guatemala
Carlos Morales


Swisscontact has been working in Guatemala since 1972, implementing projects in diverse institution's areas of specialization: air quality control, strengthening micro and small enterprises, increasing competitiveness in agricultural and non-agricultural value chains, promoting entrepreneurship, vocational training, among many others. 

More recently, Swisscontact in Guatemala has worked under the systemic approach as a facilitator empowering local actors to achieve development, targeting vulnerable populations with emphasis on youth, small-scale producers linked to agribusiness, women and returned migrants. Swisscontact Guatemala focuses on the following areas of work:

  • Vocational training and certification of competencies under the principle of Recognition of Prior Learning.
  • Promotion of entrepreneurship
  • Inclusion in the labor market
  • Increasing the competitiveness of value chains
Latin America Regional Report 2021
In 2021, Swisscontact Latin America continued to strengthen synergies with the private and public sectors with the aim of achieving more equal, inclusive and resilient societies that are able to meet the challenges and difficulties facing the region.


Swisscontact Guatemala
Calle 20-66, Zona 15
Vista Hermosa II
Guatemala City