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Swisscontact is one of the most experienced global development organizations in the field of skills development and professional training. In Central America, Swisscontact has pioneered Inclusive Market Systems approaches to strengthen value chains and regional development, fostering access to income, employment and self-employment as well as to promote entrepreneurship among disadvantaged groups.

Our region

Market Access and Financing for Beekeepers

This project strengthens the capacities of major stakeholders in the honey production value chain in El Salvador and Nicaragua to enable small-scale producers to increase production, improve quality and safety of the honey, and access markets. Microleasing facilitates their access to productive assets such as machinery and equipment.

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Professional Training for At-Risk Youth

This project expands opportunities for job placement and self-employment for youth through comprehensive professional training in Honduras as a way to prevent violence in and stem migration to other countries.

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We create opportunities

Swisscontact at a Glance


Swisscontact is the business-oriented foundation for international development cooperation. Working in 36 countries with over 1,400 team members, we have been fostering economic, social, and environmental development since 1959.


We promote economic, social, and environmental development by helping people integrate into local economic life. We make it possible for them to improve their living conditions through their own initiatives.

Our Work

Swisscontact acts as a catalyst in project implementation by fostering a sustainable environment for entrepreneurship and facilitating access to information, skills, and markets. Swisscontact provides practical, market-oriented, and locally adapted solution to economic development challenges.


Employment and income open up pathways out of poverty and create real opportunities for the future. A key condition for this is sustainable economic growth led by an innovative private sector. At the heart of private sector development lie professional training and development, labour market integration, strengthening local SMEs, access to financial services, and efficient use of resources.

Inclusive Markets

The inclusive markets approach advocated by Swisscontact influences market systems by ensuring that disadvantaged populations gain access to improved goods and services, business opportunities, and jobs. This approach explores the limits and opportunities inherent in existing market systems to determine which interventions would be necessary to open up new possibilities for people.