Swisscontact has been present in Nicaragua since 1981, where it began with inclusive economic development and programmes to improve air quality. Swisscontact currently focuses on two main areas of intervention: vocational training and labour market insertion of young men and women, and developing the skills of urban and rural business owners in order to improve their income and generate employment. All of Swisscontact's interventions in Nicaragua involve both the public and private sectors. The activities are implemented under a systemic and integrative approach that seeks the sustainability of the initiatives supported, provides innovative solutions to the challenges and obstacles encountered and favours the integration of the different actors involved.

Facts and figures

  • Area: 130,373 km²
  • Population: 6.6 millon
  • Capital: Managua

Swisscontact in Nicaragua

  • since 1981


Initial vocational education and training
Skills Development Programme to Increase Employability of Youth
The project 'Competencias para Ganar' (Competencies to Win) reinforces the employability of young Nicaraguans by including and developing soft and entrepreneurial skills in technical education and professional technical training courses that are relevant to the occupational demands of the labor market. 
Entrepreneurial ecosystems
Family Enterprise Programme
Emprendimientos Familiares contributes to improve the standard of living of 4,250 small business owners and their families. This is accomplished through credit services, training and technical assistance in business management, value addition and transformation of their products, as well as advice on how to access markets so that they increase their income and create jobs.
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Entrepreneurial ecosystems
Senior Expert Contact
Promoting entrepreneurship through expertise - Imparting technical skills through volunteer work Through their services, Senior Expert Contact (SEC) experts provide hands-on, direct support to companies and institutions in their efforts to grow.


Bolivia, Colombia, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Peru, Nicaragua
Upskilling and Reskilling, Labour market insertion, Initial vocational education and training
Skills Development in Latin America
Through lifelong learning, based on a high-quality education and training system, it is possible to access the world of work, mitigating youth unemployment and contributing to stability in fragile contexts such as in Latin America. Watch the video to learn more.
Initial vocational education and training
Good practices in housing construction in Nicaragua
A skills development programme in Nicaragua contributes to housing safety with a basic good practice guide for families and construction workers.
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,...
Country Director Nicaragua and El Salvador
Ricardo Javier Fernández


In Nicaragua, Swisscontact has been implementing projects since 1981, in the following thematic areas:  

  1. Vocational education and skills development 
  2. Insertion into the labour market 
  3. Improvement of qualifications and re-qualification 
  4. Sustainable agriculture 
  5. Sustainable Tourism development
  6. Trade facilitation
  7. Entrepreneurial ecosystem development

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Swisscontact Nicaragua

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