Swisscontact is currently implementing a variety of projects throughout Asia, Africa, Latin America and Eastern Europe. Please check out www.swisscontact.org to get more details on the different projects.
Supporting vocational training systems and local economic development in West Africa (Mali, Niger, Burkina Faso, Benin), in addition to promoting small and medium enterprises and offering micro finance services in southern and eastern Africa (South Africa, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda) are the key focal points of the Africa program. By implementing these programs, Swisscontact is tackling youth unemployment, which is one of the most serious problems currently threatening the continent, and one of the reasons for extremism and migration.
Providing vocational training (Bangladesh, Nepal , Indonesia) is a tradition at Swisscontact. A more recent innovation has been the integrated application of local economic development (Bangladesh, Sri Lanka , Indonesia): small-scale markets should continue to develop, thus reducing poverty in their own neighborhoods and drawing the adjacent regions into the positive cycle. Another key area of our focus is sustainable economic and social development in areas affected by the 2004 Tsunami.
In Bolivia , Ecuador , Peru and Colombia Swisscontact is running projects on environmental protection, vocational training, the promotion of small- and medium-sized enterprises, and financial services. By far the most important objective is to create a better environment for small businesses, which are the most important employers and are, therefore, crucial in the fight against poverty. In addition, sustainable tourism is being actively encouraged in Bolivia.
In El Salvador , Honduras and Nicaragua Swisscontact is promoting the market for small-and medium-sized enterprise services, in particular through further education courses. Small businesses are important employers and strengthening them is an effective weapon in the fight against poverty. In El Salvador, a vocational training project is carried out, which is designed to make it easier for young people to get a toe hold in the job market, and will also help to combat the rampant criminality. A new project on vocational education and training has started in Guatemala from 2010.
Through educational initiatives at various levels, Swisscontact is tackling unemployment in Albania and Kosovo. From basic technical courses to country-wide reforms of vocational training and development, the projects being implemented share a common goal: to provide the private sector with a qualified and proactive workforce.
2013-06-17 SkillFUL Conference, 2013
The conference highlighted achievements and lessons learnt from SkillFUL
2013-06-12 Orientation on SkillFUL Information Management System
SkillFUL introduces comprehensive information management system
2013-06-11 SDC presents M4C at the e+i Seminar in Thune, Switzerland
Market development in the fragile context of the chars
2013-06-03 BRAC Tanzania representatives visit M4C
Visitors went to observe project activities in Char Fulzor, in Sirajganj district
2013-05-22 Value for Waste signs MoU with Baridhara Society
Implementation of the project Value for Waste will begin with Baridhara Society
2013-05-20 M4C organised workshop on customising Nosimons for the Chars
M4C organised workshop on discussing the feasibility of customising Nosimons to be able to run on the sandy Chars