Program Contribution to Terre des Hommes Schweiz 2019 - 2020

Project completed

Youth, especially girls, are far more exposed to missing out economic opportunities, gender based violence and HIV-Aids than adults. TdH Schweiz promotes social participation of young people in nine countries in Africa and Central and South America, with a specific focus on prevention of violence, promotion of income opportunities and improving the reproductive health of youth. With its combined approach, involving individuals, communities and institutions it reaches out to over 190000 peers and some 2000 institutions.

Country/region Topic Period Budget
Vocational training

Basic life skills
Vocational training
Sexual & gender-based violence
01.01.2019 - 31.12.2020
CHF 4'860'000
Background Currently, out of the 1.8 billion youth worldwide, 400 million grow up in conflict areas or are subject to various forms of violence. Youth unemployment rates are increasing, with significant regional differences and adverse consequences such as poverty, migration and diseases (e.g. HIV-AIDS prevalence). History and presence of violence in Central and South America puts young people at risk to become victims of or involved in criminal activities. Young women particularly face extremely high unemployment rates. Africa’s relatively young population (about 40 percent of its population is estimated to be below 15 years of age), combined with the continent’s high fertility rate, is likely to magnify the so-called youth bulge. This trend could have positive consequences for development, if properly channelled.

TdH Schweiz has the vision of a world where vulnerable young people can develop autonomously and fully participate in society.

Therefore it strengthens resilience of young people exposed to (gender based) violence (GBV), HIV/Aids, and poverty. It empowers youth to participate in decision making process regarding their political, social and economic rights and interests.

Medium-term outcomes
  • Sexual and reproductive health and rights of vulnerable youth (special focus on STI/HIV, CSE, teenage pregnancies and promotion of young people’s rights) are improved.
  • Economic perspectives of youth – in particular of vulnerable groups and girls -through vocational training and skills development and support to income generating activities are improved.
  • Violence of and against youth (special focus on gender based violence in southern and eastern Africa) is reduced.
  • Youth violence (in Colombia, Brazil and El Salvador) prevented.
  • Youth to Youth program: Youth in Switzerland and in partner countries are sensitized on racism and exclusion through youth projects imagine and imagine international.
  • Capitalize best practices of GBV programs.
  • Together with SDC and other institutional partners, TdH Schweiz has introduced coherent and consistent standards for the Prevention of Sexual Exploitation and Abuse (PSEA) and functioning compliance mechanisms for a protected reporting and independent treatment of cases of inappropriate behaviour.
  • TdH Schweiz actively contributed to the dialogue on the future of international cooperation with its expertise and experience.

Results from previous phases:  

32’673 youth (59%female) benefitted directly and 129’000 youth (56% female) indirectly from TdH international programme via 55 partner organizations in 10 countries thanks to combined interventions at individual, community and institutional levels:. 

  • 7693 youth were educated and started taking care of their sexual and reproductive health.
  • 102 changed practices/policies were implemented, leading to youth-friendly sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) services.
  • 745 vulnerable youth accessed formal certificated vocational training (224 were certified).
  • 249 youth implemented a business plan and increased their average net income from 102 USD to 117 USD (, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Peru)
  • 1082 vulnerable youth stood up against violence and 228 community actions prevented and fought GBV. This led to 445 cases of GBV to be reported and 98 prosecuted. In addition 763 survivors of GBV accessed medical and psycho-social support services
  • 4289 youth at risk of violence in Colombia, Brazil and El Salvador stood up against violence (participation in fora on community level, sensitization events etc..).
  • 11 joint lobbying actions using local networks led to successful contributions to policy dialogue in Colombia (new security policy and Swiss Multitrack Peace Program) and in Brazil (parliamentary hearing on federal state program on youth violence prevention).
  • Youth festival Imagine against racism and violence was organised in Basel with hundreds of young people contributing to its organization and 35’000 visitors.

The findings and conclusions of the external evaluation on Solution Focused Approach (SFA) were shared with DEZA at the annual programme conference as well with the DEZA gender network at the Gender Day, in the session on GBV. (Presentations published on the shareweb).
As a follow up of this exchange TdH Schweiz presented these results also at the Medicus Mundi Schweiz workshop, connecting it to the community of practice of health organisations. With the contribution of TdH Schweiz at the Regional Psychsocial Support Initiative (REPSSI PSS) Conference in Arusha, Tanzania, the results were also shared with an international community of practice.

Directorate/federal office responsible SDC
Credit area Development cooperation
Project partners Contract partner
Swiss Non-profit Organisation
  • Terre des Hommes CH (Basel)

Budget Current phase Swiss budget CHF   4'860'000 Swiss disbursement to date CHF   4'860'000
Project phases

Phase 7 01.01.2019 - 31.12.2020   (Completed)

Phase 6 01.01.2017 - 31.12.2018   (Completed) Phase 5 01.01.2015 - 31.12.2016   (Completed) Phase 4 01.01.2013 - 31.12.2014   (Completed)