The SDC and SECO organised the Swiss Youth and Future prize 'Together we're better' in order to promote innovative ideas, initiatives and projects by young people committed to sustainable development in countries where Switzerland carries out development cooperation work.
Ninety-two projects were submitted from all over Switzerland, covering a wide range of areas, including agriculture, the environment, water, job creation, health, street children, orphanages and schools in impoverished urban settings. Some of the projects involve technical innovations or partnerships between organisations based in Switzerland and selected countries. Forty of the projects are intended for implementation in Africa; 52 are spread across Latin America, Eastern Europe and Asia or have an international impact. The SDC and SECO are keenly aware of young people's key role in achieving global development goals. The competition aims to recognise young people's engagement and build a network with young actors.