Contribution to the programme of Helvetas Swiss Intercooperation (EAST)

Projekt abgeschlossen

HELVETAS Swiss Intercooperation’s 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. Based on the human rights, it supports with its partners poor and disadvantaged people in developing and transition countries following the principle of help for self-help. In Switzerland, HELVETAS Swiss Intercooperation engages in sensitising for the interests of developing and transition countries.

Land/Region Thema Periode Budget
Osteuropa und GUS

Nicht spezifizierter Sektor
01.01.2013 - 31.12.2014
CHF 1'400'000

Water & Infrastructure: More than 2.5 billion people are still excluded from basic sanitation. Around 800 million also lack access to clean drinking water. Every year more than two million people die from lack of drinking water and inadequate hygiene.

Skills Development & Education: Worldwide, 10% of school-age children (72 million) still grow up without an education – the majority of them being girls and ethnic minorities. More than 200 million people, mainly the youth, are unemployed worldwide. A major reason is the lack of professional skills.

Rural Economy: In spite of great progresses in poverty reduction, more than 1.4 billion people still have to live on less than USD 1.25 per day. At least 70% of the world’s extreme poor live in rural areas as small-scale farmers or farm labourers.

Environment & Climate Change: Developing countries suffer from strong exploitation of natural resources. Every year, about 130’000 km2 of forest are lost. The situation is aggravated by extreme weather events induced by climate change which exacerbate poverty and existing inequities.

Governance & Peace: One third of all poor people live in fragile states which are not capable of providing basic services or guaranteeing fundamental rights. Moreover, they often suffer from violent conflicts. Strengthening of governmental institutions and democratisation have to be closely linked to peace-building.


Water & Infrastructure: The rural population has easier access to drinking water and basic sanitation and uses water more efficiently and sustainably.

Skills Development & Education: The children and youth have improved access to relevant basic education as well as practice- and demand-orientated skills development of good quality.

Rural Economy: The small scale farmers have easier access to natural resources and markets res. sustainable value chains.

Environment & Climate Change: The rural population has improved access to natural resources and uses them sustainably. It has improved adaptive capacity to negative climate change effects.

Governance & Peace: Local authorities and civil society organisations have increased competences in executing their duties and rights as well as in preventing and reducing violent conflicts.


Water & Infrastructure: Poor and disadvantaged communities in rural areas, local authorities, private enterprises, user groups.

Skills Development & Education: Children, youth and illiterate adults, early school leavers, teachers, management of institutes, local authorities, private sector entities involved.

Rural Economy: Small-scale farmers, producer organisations, processors and traders, local authorities.

Environment & Climate Change: Poor and disadvantaged communities, small-scale farmers, authorities

Governance & Peace: local governments and civil society organisations, private sector entities.

Mittelfristige Wirkungen

Water & Infrastructure: The interventions lead to a continuous consumption of clean drinking water and consistent application of hygiene measures. They contribute to an improved health situation as well as a higher productivity and income.

Skills Development & Education: The projects lead to an increased completion of relevant basic res. skills education and stronger competencies. They contribute to higher and more regular employment and income.

Rural Economy: The interventions lead to more sustainable, productive and diversified small-scale farming systems as well as increased and more profitable marketing of products. They contribute to reduced degradation of natural resources, improved food security and higher income.

Environment & Climate Change: The projects lead to more sustainable and diversified forest-based livelihoods as well as reduced damages caused by climate-induced natural disasters. They contribute to decreased degradation of natural resources, to biodiversity maintenance and reduced vulnerability.

Governance & Peace: The interventions lead to more transparent, efficient and effective services by government authorities, an increased participation of citizens in development and stronger peace-building measures. They contribute to improved living conditions and social justice as well as reduced vulnerability.


Resultate von früheren Phasen:  

Water & Infrastructure: HELVETAS Swiss Intercooperation has facilitated new access to drinking water for more than one million people (54% women) and over 200’000 (57% women) have gained access to sanitation. Having been selected as new member of the steering committee of the End Water Poverty coalition, it has increased its international policy engagement.

Skills Development & Education: More than 30’000 students (56% women or girls) have benefited from basic education projects supported by HELVETAS Swiss Intercooperation. Over 20’000 adults (62% women) learnt to read and write. More than 40’000 people (54% women) have received professional training and education.

Rural Economy: More than 800’000 farmers (55% women) affiliated to projects of HELVETAS Swiss Intercooperation have been trained and advised in agricultural matters. Over 400’000 farmers (49% women) benefited from increased incomes thanks to the marketing of their agricultural products. In the majority of the projects that are operational for at least five years, the ex-penses for certification and technical assistance are borne by the farmers involved.

Environment & Climate Change: The working field has been newly introduced in 2011. Thus, no results have been formulated for the past phase.

Governance & Peace: More than 300’000 people (more than 47% women) have been supported in governance, decentralisation, citizen and human rights issues. More than 3000 development plans have been developed in a participatory manner. Furthermore, public audits have been introduced in about one-third of the partner countries. Six country programmes also apply conflict sensitivity programme management. More than 30’000 people (40% women) were trained in peace-building.

Verantwortliche Direktion/Bundesamt DEZA
Kreditbereich Ostzusammenarbeit
Projektpartner Vertragspartner
Schweizerische Non-Profit-Organisation
  • HELVETAS Swiss Intercooperation
  • Helvetas Swiss Intercooperation, Zurich

Budget Laufende Phase Schweizer Beitrag CHF   1'400'000 Bereits ausgegebenes Schweizer Budget CHF   1'400'000
Projektphasen Phase 4 01.01.2017 - 31.12.2018   (Completed) Phase 3 01.01.2015 - 31.12.2016   (Completed)

Phase 2 01.01.2013 - 31.12.2014   (Completed)

Phase 1 01.01.2008 - 31.12.2012   (Completed)