Global Results and Impact

Tmake our processes more efficient and for our own continuous improvement, Swisscontact applies systematic impact measurement. Our uniform results monitoring and measurement in various projects are integral elements of Swisscontact project management and quality assurance. 

Impact Measurement

Swisscontact has developed a standardised system that provides information on project progress in real-time. This method helps us to achieve our goals. Moreover, it demonstrates economic, social, and environmental sustainability, in addition to the outreach and relevance of our project initiatives. Based on solid quantitative data and qualitative information, our system can reveal why and how specific changes have taken place, and how sustainable these might be. This makes it possible for our project teams to make informed decisions and implement corrective measures in a timely fashion. The overall system, therefore, not only provides information on the viability, efficiency, efficacy, and impact of our projects and organisation as a whole, but it also ensures adaptive and results-oriented project management. 

Our impact measurement system complies with the internationally recognised standards of the Donor Committee for En­t­er­pri­se De­ve­lop­ment (DCED).

The following results are based on the Swisscontact results measurement system and are rounded.

Our achievements over the past five years (2017-2021)

Vocational education and training

During the past five years, 464,100 people have completed vocational education and training across 60 projects. These people have also received support in labour market insertion or to develop opportunities for self-employment. 

During this period, 201,400 people have found a job or started their own business, generating a total 190.5 million Swiss francs in additional income.  

Business promotion

Thanks to 82 enterprise promotion projects implemented from 2017-2021, 4.2 million farmers and SMEs gained access to better products and services, increasing their productivity and competitiveness. 

This has resulted in 2.3 million farmers and SMEs generating 521.1 million Swiss francs in additional income over the past five years. Additionally, during that same period 179,100 jobs were created or maintained.

Financial Inclusion

Over the past five years, more than 1,037,000 farmers, SMEs, and graduates of vocational education programmes have gained access to financial services totalling more than 467 million Swiss francs. Of these individuals, 47% were women or women-led businesses. 

Environmental responsibility

Swisscontact promotes solutions for efficient and sustainable use of resources. As part of environmental development, we have helped reduce CO₂ emissions by more than 1.06 million tonnes and either recycled or reduced 190,000 tonnes of waste

Gender equality and social inclusion

Gender equality and social inclusion significantly help to eliminate poverty and foster economic growth. In the past five years, the percentage of women participating in our vocational education and training projects was 44.5%. More than half of these people who then found jobs or started their own businesses have been women. In our business development projects, the share of women-led agricultural enterprises and non-agricultural SMEs has risen steadily for five years, exceeding 49% in 2021.

The challenges of systematic impact measurement
Over the last few years, Swisscontact successfully built a comprehensive system to measure project results, which is based on the Results Measurement Standard of The Donor Committee for Enterprise Development (DCED). How do the projects and Swisscontact as an organisation benefit from a global system and what experiences did project teams make in the field? Michael Fink, Head of Monitoring and Results Measurement (MRM) and Wiebe Vos, MRM Advisor Latin America answer the questions.
Entrepreneurial ecosystems, Sustainable tourism
Kosovo project top score in results measurement audit
Following a rigorous external audit of its monitoring and results measurement, a project implemented by Swisscontact in Kosovo achieved one of the best results of formally audited projects to date.

Project examples

Cambodia: More fertile soils bring a better life
Climate change, poverty and the lack of food security – a Swisscontact project in Cambodia is tackling all three challenges. By upgrading their agricultural methods, farmers can increase their yields and protect the environment.
Youth: a potential source of economic development
Niger is among the world’s least developed countries. Its greatest challenges include population growth, migration and security. Swisscontact has been working in Niger since 2005 to support young people in their efforts to find employment.

Impact measurement in a Skills Development project in Albania

Skills for Jobs (S4J)
Erka Çaro, Swisscontact MRM specialist in Albania outlines how impacts are assessed in a Skills Development Programme with the example of the SDC project Skills for Jobs (S4J) in Albania.
Initial vocational education and training, Sustainable tourism
Monitoring and Results Measurement Manual of the ‘Skills for Jobs’ (S4J) Project
Swisscontact implements continuous monitoring and regular results measurement to ensure quality within projects. In the "MRM Manual ‘Skills for Jobs’ (S4J)", Swisscontact shares its valuable insights into the function of Monitoring and Results Measurement (MRM) in the context of the Skills Development project S4J.
Tracer Report: How are VET Graduates Performing in the Job Market?
‘Skills for Jobs’ project has supported the piloting and establishment of a graduates’ tracer system at the provider level in 7 partner VET providers.