Swisscontact is a politically and denominationally neutral organization founded in 1959 by personalities from the Swiss private business and university sectors. Three hundred staff members are active for Swisscontact in project countries as well as in Switzerland. In addition the experts of our Senior Expert Corps offer their know-how as volunteers. The foundation is tax-exempt and recognized as a non-profit organization.
Swisscontact's goal is to promote sustainable development (socially, ecologically and economically) in selected southern and eastern countries. Cooperation with local partners is a priority for Swisscontact, as our leading principle is: "Helping Others to Help Themselves."
The goal of development cooperation is to fight against world poverty. Through continuing education and vocational training, Swisscontact would like to ensure that, even in the poorest countries, people can raise their standard of living.
In order to support the development of a country and to fight against poverty, programs are prepared in various fields:
• by promoting vocational education and training
• by promoting small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) through the improvement of services and competitiveness
• through urban ecology, by reducing environmental damage in cities
• through financial services, by improving savings and credit opportunities for poor households as well as small and medium sized enterprises
• Southeast Asia