Our development programme: Development through innovative solutions     

Our development programme is the centrepiece of Swisscontact.It encompasses about 30 projects in over 20 countries. In the development programme we test new ideas and further develop existing innovations that have been proven effective over time. We link Swiss and international actors from the public and private sector as well as academia. In this way the programme supports cross-sectoral approaches and cooperation.  

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.


Our Impact in 2022

Immense challenges marked 2022. While restrictions within countries to contain COVID-19 have returned to normal, the impact of the pandemic still needs to be overcome. The war in Ukraine has had a negative impact on prices and access to commodities in many countries, disproportionately affecting vulnerable populations. Our work is therefore more important than ever.

Thanks to considerable flexibility and collaboration with our partners in the public and private sectors, we have been able to continue our Development Programme projects in these difficult circumstances.

Skills & Employability

Access to quality education is essential for marginalised people to gain the necessary skills for the labour market. Our efforts focus on empowering these groups by providing them with practical skills and abilities that will enable them to secure gainful employment or start their own businesses. From 2021 to 2022, our initiatives achieved the following results:

  • 13,620 people (41% women) found productive wage and self-employment.
  • 1,798 jobs were created or maintained.
  • Income increased by 188%.
  • 41,842 target group members (49% women) accessed new or improved Technical and Vocational Education and Training services.
  • 9,302 people (52% women) accessed new or improved services in Labour Market lnsertion and Skills Recognition provided by public and private partners.
  • 857,175 people reached by awareness-raising campaigns.

Enterprise & Productivity

Swisscontact enhances the productivity of established and emerging micro, small, and medium-scale farms and businesses. We aim to increase their competitiveness and generate more additional net income as well as create job opportunities. The following results were achieved during 2021 and 2022:

  • 4,948 farmers, micro, small and medium enterprises and entrepreneurs (33% women) increased their net annual income.
  • 382 jobs were created or maintained.
  • The income increase amounts to 59%.
  • 10,205 tonnes of CO2 were reduced
  • 54,710 peoples (41% women) gained improved access to entrepreneurship support and national and international sales markets. 
  • 1,674,715 people were reached through awareness raising campaigns.

Development programme areas of focus

Development programme activities are categorized in seven core thematic areas:   

  • Vocational education and training
  • Labour market insertion
  • Upskilling and reskilling
  • Sustainable agriculture
  • Green cities
  • Trade facilitation
  • Entrepreneurial ecosystem development 

Teaching, training, empowering

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. 

Our objectives from 2021 to 2024

  • From 2021 until 2024 the programme will reach 106,800 youth, young adults, farmers, working women, and businesses.
  • Thanks to the projects in the development programme, 7,700 new jobs will be created.
  • Through campaigns on the subject of recycling, safe living, and clean drinking water, we are sensitizing 370,000 households.
  • We support local communities and citizens in their efforts to enhance their resilience through the promotion of climate-friendly agriculture and strengthening participation in civil society.
  • Through the development programme 33,000 tonnes of waste will be recycled and 9,700 tonnes of CO2 equivalents saved.


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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