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.
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.
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:
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:
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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