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Swisscontact is the business-oriented independent foundation for international development cooperation. Represented in 36 countries with over 1,400 employees, Swisscontact promotes since 1959 economic, social and environmental development.

Our Region

Our Engagement

The Mekong Region

The expansion into the Mekong region has started in 2012 and offices were set-up in Lao PDR in December 2012, in Myanmar in October 2013, while the process in Cambodia has been started during 2014. Over the recent past Laos, Myanmar and Cambodia have experienced stronger political, as well as economic opening and integration, accompanied by impressive GDP growth rates.

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Our Portfolio

All three countries are characterised by a comparably young population with millions of job seekers entering the labour market every year, as well as by good progress in terms of poverty reduction. Swisscontact’s portfolio therefore tries to facilitate people’s access to markets, to strengthen people’s skills and contribute to their employability, while ensuring an efficient use of natural resources and by mainstreaming gender equality throughout its programmes. 

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We create opportunities

Southern Laos: Charming by Nature

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
Hardturmstrasse 123
CH-8005 Zürich

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