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 2021

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. 

"1'438'045 people were reached with awareness-raising campaigns."

Skills & Employability

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.

Enterprise & Productivity

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 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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