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, Peru, Rwanda, Uganda, Vietnam
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...
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...
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...
Entrepreneurial ecosystems
Expert Consulting Services, SEC Guatemala
Although small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in Guatemala account for 85% of the total job market, they only represent 35% of the GDP. There are many factors that prevent SMEs from being more productive: low levels of education, lack of access to financing and information on markets, insufficient capabilities in business management and a lack of support for entrepreneurs. Improving entrepreneur’s performance and increasing their participation in local and global markets could have very positive results for the entire economy. 
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...


Guatemala, Germany, Switzerland
Entrepreneurial ecosystems
A new Ecosystem Health Check for your Startup Community
Swisscontact and Startup Heatmap Europe* have joined forces to develop a self-serving toolkit that empowers startup hubs all around the world to measure the health of their ecosystems. The toolkit supports managers of startup programs, university incubators, research transfer organizations, ecosystem builders and policy makers to track the progress of their ecosystem build-up.
Entrepreneurial ecosystems
Mapping the Guatemalan Entrepreneurial Ecosystem
Building a vibrant environment for an ecosystem to thrive can only be achieved by having open conversations about its state and culture. A recent report takes a closer look at the entrepreneurial community in Guatemala in 2020 in an effort to expose the dynamics of the system and provide recommendations for ecosystem players. The data for this analysis is based on workshops, interviews, polls and collaboration programs with over 80 ecosystem support organisations.
Labour market insertion
Better prospects for young women
Teenage pregnancy is a big social problem in Guatemala. Early pregnancy severely curtails professional opportunities for young women. Moreover, social power structures are ingrained and women continue to be socially disadvantaged and face domestic violence. A project intending to facilitate access to the job market for young women must also address these problems. Thus, Swisscontact is coordinating a platform to prevent teenage pregnancy in the Alta Verapaz region.
Director for Central America (Sub-region) and Country Director Guatemala
Saúl Díaz Ortíz


The world is facing a new challenge in trying to overcome the threats and consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic. Swisscontact, as an international organisation with a global presence on four continents, working in 35 countries and employing around 1,300 people, also had to adapt to this new reality. 

Swisscontact's work focuses on training and promoting employment through technical training and entrepreneurship with special emphasis on the empowerment of people, particularly women. Since practically all the countries implemented containment measures, closed schools and prohibited meetings, face-to-face activities and in-person training were suspended and a creative alternative was needed quickly. 

A commission was formed at Swisscontact’s headquarters in Switzerland, which coordinated efforts between countries in order to transform and accelerate the digital distance training. In Guatemala, a survey among all Swisscontact partners showed that approximately 40% of instructors had no experience with distance learning and were not familiar with virtual platforms. 

In a very short time, courses were organised for teachers, introducing them to this abstract world and synergies between Swisscontact projects were created. 

Last year, on September 14, we discussed the advantages of digital technology and virtual training in classrooms. Though there were still many doubts at the time, today the pandemic has forced us to make use of technology and virtual training methods. While it is true that in-person teaching continues to have its importance in the education, this crisis, nevertheless, opened our eyes to the advantages of digital distance learning and helped us overcome our resistance to change. 

Distance study (B-learning) is here to stay. It is an opportunity that can greatly benefit our target population in the interior of the country. Swisscontact is one of the pioneers of this path! 


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