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...
Entrepreneurial ecosystems
Action Research - Social Network Analysis
By analysing social networks, we can identify and improve the dynamics of social groups. If applied to entrepreneurship ecosystems, this translates to actively linking actors and creating collaboration mechanisms that could facilitate the interaction and development of local entrepreneurial communities. The Guatemalan entrepreneurship ecosystem is fragmented and has difficulties in collaborating and coordinating with its members, which often leaves entrepreneurs adrift. As in most Latin American countries, start-ups in Guatemala are built on relationships and connections. The value chain does not begin with the what, but with the who. This disconnect, coupled with social and economic factors, is why the failure rate of local ventures is over 90%. Additionally, most companies created in the country are classified as a type of "sustenance employment" or self-employment, with little or no growth potential.
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...
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...
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...


Initial vocational education and training
A web portal to guide young people in Guatemala on vocational training and job opportunities
In spring 2021, Swisscontact launched a website to offer vocational guidance to young people in Guatemala, supporting them in their search for a future professional career or technical training. The platform is a tool to promote vocational and professional orientation in a personalised way from anywhere in the country. It allows students to discover their strengths and aptitudes accompanied by a coach. Such initiatives are of great value in a country like Guatemala where access to training is limited for the population. 
Guatemala, Bolivia, Colombia
Initial vocational education and training, Labour market insertion, Upskilling and reskilling
Digital tools used in skills development projects in Latin America
In Latin America, Swisscontact has been supporting the development of digital solutions in its skills development projects to facilitate access to training and job opportunities. Youth living in poor rural areas of Guatemala are offered vocational guidance through a web portal. Applications developed in Bolivia support young people and technical professionals in finding suitable training or employment opportunities. In Colombia, the training offer that improves construction practices in informal housing was extended by a virtual platform in 2020. 
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.
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