Swisscontact promotes economic, social and ecological development by supporting people to successfully integrate into local commercial life. We create opportunities for people to improve their living conditions as a result of their own efforts. The focus of our systemic interventions in the private sector is the strengthening of local and global value chains. Through an increased economic productivity Swisscontact fosters added value for all involved – namely the local population and small enterprises.
Swisscontact concentrates on four core areas of private sector promotion:
- Vocational Education and Training: Enabling access to the labour market and creating the conditions for gaining an occupation and earning an income.
- SME Promotion: Promoting local entrepreneurship with the goal of strengthening its competitiveness.
- Financial Services: Creating access to local financial service providers who offer credit, savings, leasing and insurance products.
- Resource Efficiency: Promoting the efficient use of resources through production methods that are efficient in their use of energy and materials, and through taking measures to promote clear air and sustainable waste disposal.