About us

HELVETAS Swiss Intercooperation is  a development organisation anchored in Switzerland. Our vision is a just world in which all men and women determine the course of their lives in dignity and security, using environmental resources in a sustainable manner. 

"We help disadvantaged people and communities in developing countries to actively improve their living conditions".

Helvetas in the world

HELVETAS is an international network of independent affiliate member organisations working in the field of development cooperation and emergency response. As a network, we promote the fundamental rights of individuals and groups and strengthen governments and other duty bearers in their service provision. The HELVETAS network builds upon six decades of development experience. With 1400 collaborators, it is engaged in more than 30 countries. The affiliated members share a common vision and mission and subscribe to common working principles and policies. The members implement joint development programmes and adhere to a common strategy including defined working approaches and thematic areas of intervention.

The objective of HELVETAS is to help create a fairer world in which the basic needs of all humans are satisfied and human rights are protected. In order to achieve this goal, HELVETAS Swiss Intercooperation works on five levels:

HELVETAS Swiss Intercooperation develops and supports real projects. These projects are implemented locally in order to guarantee their sustainability. HELVETAS Swiss Intercooperation helps its partners with their internal organisation and trains local authorities to assume responsibility for activities to ensure project continuity.

Advisory services
HELVETAS Swiss Intercooperation offers a multidisciplinary team of experts and advisors in international development. These experts counsel private, civil society, governmental and multilateral organisations regarding their development projects. They train specialists and foster expertise, contributing their skills and knowledge to international networks.

Information and awareness raising
HELVETAS Swiss Intercooperation informs the Swiss public about its own work and raises awareness concerning global injustice and the necessity to stand up for the needs of the world’s poorest, either through political participation or donations.

Fair Trade
In its projects and together with the private sector partners, HELVETAS Swiss Intercooperation promotes Fair Trade of products such as cocoa, rice and cotton. Its own FairShop sells organic and ethical goods from developing countries.

Development politics
HELVETAS Swiss Intercooperation takes a public stance on development issues within Switzerland and internationally, through its statements, participation in global networks, petitions and as a member of Alliance Sud, the political lobbying organisation comprising the major Swiss aid agencies. 

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