Swisscontact | Swiss Foundation for Technical Cooperation

Swisscontact promotes economic, social and ecological development by successfully integrating people into local commercial life. Swisscontact creates opportunities for people to improve their living conditions as a result of their own efforts.

Swisscontact is based in Zurich and was established in 1959 as an independent organisation by prominent individuals from the worlds of commerce and science in Switzerland.  Since it was founded, Swisscontact has maintained close ties with the private sector. Swisscontact is active in 27 countries with a workforce of over 850 people.

Swisscontact concentrates on four core areas of private sector development:

Skills Development: enabling access to the labour market and creating the conditions forgaining an occupation and earning an income.

SME Promotion: promoting local entrepreneurship with the goal of strengthening its competitiveness.

Financial Services: achieving financial inclusion by creating access to local financial serviceproviders who offer credit, savings, leasing and insurance products.

Resource Efficiency: promoting the efficient use of resources through production methodsthat are efficient in their use of energy and materials, and through measures that promote clean air and sustainable waste management practices.


Head Office

Hardturmstrasse 123, CH 8005 Zurich

Tel. +41 44 454 17 17
Fax +41 44 454 17 97