Within the development programme, similar approaches are implemented in various countries. Project teams develop successful solutions, methods, and innovations through regular exchange and adapt these to the local context. Thus, we are implementing global best practices on the local level, comparing solutions in different country contexts and developing them further.
Vocational education and training, retraining and labour market integration constitute a focus of our activities. In this way, we strengthen people's skills and offer them the conditions for a secure livelihood and the opportunity to actively participate in society.
In business promotion, we focus our work on economic sectors with the best chances for sustainable development: trade, entrepreneurial ecosystems, green cities, and sustainable agriculture.
8 637 people (39% women) found productive wage and self-employment 30 jobs were created. The income increase in 2021 was 50.35%.
22 444 target group members (47% women) accessed new/improved Technical and Vocational Education and Training services.
645 target group members (44% women) accessed new/improved services in Labour Market lnsertion and Skills Recognition provided by public and private partners.
120 farmers, MSMEs and entrepreneurs (23% women) in- creased their annual net income thanks to our projects and 28 jobs were created or maintained. The income increase was 49%.
7 518 target group members (19% women) accessed new/im-proved production inputs, services and know-how provided by local pri- vate and public partners.
6 555 target group members (32% women) gained improved access to entrepreneurship support and national and international sales markets.
Development programme activities are categorized in seven core thematic areas:
Rooted in a private-sector mindset and approach, we act as a facilitator and trainer for our local partners, be they state, private, or civil society actors.
For their part, our partners create an enabling environment for disadvantaged women and men for them to be able to escape poverty through their own efforts. That means Swisscontact is empowering local actors, thereby strengthening their sense of ownership and personal responsibility.
The projects constitute a part of Swisscontact’s Development Programme. The Swiss Agency of Development and Cooperation (SDC) under the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA) will only contribute financially if the project costs are not completely covered by other partner financing. The SDC commits to covering up to 30% of the costs of the entire Development Programme.
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