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With 15 employees, Swisscontact's country office in Macedonia is responsible for implementation of the IME, SIPPO and SwissEP Programmes focusing on creating opportunities for working age women and men, in particular young, to be engaged in sustainable, decent employment or self-employment and for companies to access new markets and earn higher incomes.

Local Projects

Increasing Market Employability Programme

Increasing Market Employability (IME) programme aims to create jobs and increase incomes for unemployed and underemployed women and men in Macedonia, with a particular focus on youth. The expected key results of the programme are to create more than 2,000 jobs, with special consideration to employment opportunities for youth and women, and increase the net income of more than 1,000 companies by €1.5 million over a period of 4 years.

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Swiss Entrepreneurship Programme

The program aims at linking existing public and private actors as well as existing support structures (e.g. start-up competitions, service providers) to facilitate the formation and potential growth of businesses. The focus is on supporting business driven initiatives and solutions. By improving the framework conditions and readiness for entrepreneurs, the program aims at creating 4,000 jobs directly by the end of 2019.

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Increasing Market Employability Programme

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.

Swiss Foundation for Technical Cooperation
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CH-8005 Zürich

Tel. +41 44 454 17 17
Fax +41 44 454 17 97
E-Mail info@STOP-SPAM.swisscontact.ch