Swisscontact is a Zurich-based organization founded in 1959 by members of the Swiss private sector and academia for sustainable development cooperation. Its aim is to contribute to poverty alleviation by promoting economic and social development in selected developing countries. The leading principle of Swisscontact is ‘Helping others to help themselves'. The Swisscontact South Asia Regional Office based in Bangladesh is registered with the NGO Affairs Bureau as an international NGO.
Swisscontact aims to contribute to improving standards of living in South Asia by promoting equitable access to economic participation to all members of the economy particularly those from poor socio economic backgrounds, disadvantaged groups and women. It does so by promoting enterprise development, skills development, compliance and improving the enabling environment for private sector development.
Swisscontact facilitates sustainable solutions through long-term cooperation by engaging local players and working with a diverse range of public and private partners.