HEKS programme contribution East 2015 - 2016

Project completed

By reinforcing the structures of civil society, HEKS supports access to land and resources, the creation of sustainable value chains (production, processing, marketing, knowledge transfer) as well as peaceful co-exis­tence. HEKS is thus making a contribution towards equal rights and more prosperity for rural communities.

Country/region Topic Period Budget
Western Balkans
Sector not specified
01.01.2015 - 31.12.2016
CHF 1'400'000

  • Around 70% of the poors in the world live in rural areas.

  • Increasing pressure on natural resources.

  • Fragility due to inadequate state structures, lack of political will and the absence of civil society institutions and regulatory systems.

  • More frequent, more extreme weather-related disasters.

  • Complex dynamics cause deprivation, hunger, poverty and violence.

  • Short-term pressure for success vs. long-term processes.


For its target groups, HEKS makes a con­tribution to the sustainable (environmental, economic and social) improvement of their living conditions as well as a contribution to a more peaceful and more equitable soci­ety.

Target groups

Rural communities: Small farmers, farm­ers' associations and co-operatives, service providers in rural areas, indigenous and traditional population groups, discriminated people/groups, landless people, members of minorities, women and young people.

Medium-term outcomes

Equal rights and prosperity for rural com­munities are the overarching objectives of HEKS. The sustainable development of the population living in rural areas and de­pendent from agricultural production is promoted, therefore HEKS:

  • supports access to resources and the necessary means of production;

  • stimulates and supports the development of value chains;

  • works towards the integration of marginal­ized groups and minorities;

  • supports prevention of crises, conflicts, disasters and emergency relief in case of disasters;

  • integrates emergency relief and recon­struction into existing development pro­jects;

  • establishes a culture of mutual learning and fosters knowledge sharing in net­works


Results from previous phases:  

In the first one and a half year of the phase HEKS staff identified key factors to implement successfully its programme ...

  • Added value through advocacy of a human rights based approach in the frame of “classical” development projects and promoting enabling environment for civil society through capacity building and innovative projects.

  • Learning through capacity building, networking and continental meetings of HEKS does help to have more effective projects and ensure the implementation of the HIP. HEKS is on the path to become a “learning organisation” (also fostered by the new PCM). Important is the learning through implementing mandates with positive impacts/new dynamics on our offices, partner organisations and also other HEKS country offices boosting effectiveness of HEKS’ regular projects. (e.g. Georgia M4P or water consortium).

  • Programmatic and organisational orientation pursuant to International Programme proofed so far to be effective and applying the holistic approach led to successes in various countries – e.g. access to land in Niger (code rural) or India (9000 ha land for 43’000 people).

  • Combining HEKS thematic priority access to land with the ability of our target groups to develop a full income-generating value chain proofed according to many feedbacks from projects to be crucial for a sustainable development of rural communities. Therefore HEKS will reinforce its activities to cover this need through its holistic approach.

Working in fragile and conflict-affected contexts becomes a core competence of HEKS – also through our cooperation with ACT and through thematic studies/conference and innovative specific projects. The holistic approach (DevRC&CT&HRBA) does foster project successes. Even though political changes in Russia towards a more repressive state does influence “HEKS countries” such Georgia, Moldova, Azerbaijan. The new Gaza war paralyzed our programme, there is a )need of reorientation. The South Sudan crises start to have its impact on HEKS programme. In Honduras HEKS reacts on the repressive state with capacity building on HRBA/peace building and links with other iNGOs and embassies (also addressing it in the AG Enabling Environment

Directorate/federal office responsible SDC
Credit area Swiss cooperation with Eastern Europe
Project partners Contract partner
Swiss Non-profit Organisation
  • Swiss Interchurch Aid

Budget Current phase Swiss budget CHF   1'400'000 Swiss disbursement to date CHF   1'400'000
Project phases 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)