Private Sector Development and financial services

The private sector has a key role in transition countries. © SDC/Suzanne Linder

Unemployment and underemployment are some of the most serious development problems facing partner countries of the SDC.  Only if people have access to productive, reasonably paid employment that enables them to earn an income, can global poverty be reduced in the long term and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) achieved.

Private sector development

As a driving economic force, the private sector is accorded a key role in sustainable development.

Youth employment

Vocational education and training (VET) for young people must be tailored to the job market.

Financial sector development

Providing poor households, farmers and small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) with improved access to financial services can boost their involvement in economic life and reduce their vulnerability to crises.

Current projects

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IGGE : Inclusive Green Growth in Egypt

01.09.2019 - 31.08.2023

The main barriers to the competitiveness of the total 2.5 million micro-small-medium enterprises in Egypt are a lack of affordable funding and a mismatch between the needs of the market and the skills available. With its proven expertise in micro-small-medium enterprises Switzerland supports economic growth and more efficient use of resources in Upper Egypt through the model of green economy such as utilizing agricultural waste to create jobs and strengthen livelihoods of communities.


Increasing Market Employability

01.08.2019 - 31.12.2023

North Macedonia’s economy is characterised by one of the highest unemployment rate in Europe (21%, for youth 46%) and a high share of people in relative poverty (22%). The Increasing Market Employability programme aims to address these issues by creating jobs and increasing income. It contributes to improvement of the quality of products and services, expansion of markets, and creation of an enabling environment in the Sustainable Agribusiness, Adventure Tourism, and Information and Communications Technology (ICT) sectors.


Enhance employability of migrants in Urban Cairo

01.07.2019 - 31.08.2022

Food-processing and the food service sector is ranked as Egypt’s second largest manufacturing industry This project supports the employability of vulnerable Egyptians and migrants, especially women, in the food sector.


ACTIVA – Integrated mine action in Cauca and Nariño

15.05.2019 - 14.11.2020

SDC will support Humanity & Inclusion (HI) in contributing to peace, early recovery and socioeconomic development of indigenous, peasant and afro-descendant communities in the departments of Cauca and Nariño, under the Government Stabilization Policy. The focus of the third phase will be on a comprehensive approach (mine risk education, humanitarian demining, victim rehabilitation and advocacy) that involves recovery of community economies and infrastructure. It will bring a broader impact and better cost-efficiency relationship.


Small Actions Credit Line (Quick Impact)

01.03.2019 - 31.12.2021

The Small Actions Credit Line (Quick Impact) is a humanitarian instrument of the Swiss Embassy's cooperation office that allows a fast response to requests for moderate one-time funding of limited duration. It enables the Embassy's cooperation office in Lebanon to fund small scale development or humanitarian activities that addresses needs of refugees, IDPs, vulnerable migrants or communities at risk, supports the strategic strengthening of the portfolio of the Swiss Cooperation Strategy Middle East and which contribute to the visibility of Swiss presence in the region.


Swiss Global Compact Partnership

15.02.2019 - 31.12.2022

The private sector has a central role to play in the achievement of the 2030 Agenda through joint action with other stakeholders. The consolidation of the Global Compact Network Switzerland (GCNS) is an important gateway for the SDC in Switzerland to strengthen the implementation of responsible and sustainable business practices by the highly internationalized Swiss private sector, particularly in developing countries and fragile contexts, and to promote its contribution to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG).


Regional Economic Development Program, Cambodia

01.01.2019 - 30.09.2021

The Regional Economic Development (RED IV) program, co-financed by Switzerland and Germany, will be implemented in three north-western provinces of Cambodia. It aims at strengthening the capacity of sub-national and local governments to tackle economic development measures and supporting rural poor, in particular women, to increase their income and actively participate in local economic development, thereby reducing poverty of the rural population.


Contribution au Club du Sahel et de l’Afrique de l’Ouest (CSAO)

01.01.2019 - 31.12.2022

L’Afrique de l’Ouest est confrontée à d’énormes défis : insécurité alimentaire chronique, pauvreté élevée, insécurités, emplois des jeunes, extrémisme violent etc. Le Club du Sahel et de l’Afrique de l’Ouest est une plateforme internationale unique qui nourrit par ses analyses et ses recommandations la prise de décision des acteurs politiques et de développement de la région afin de mieux traiter ces défis. L’appui de la DDC contribuera ainsi à la sécurité alimentaire et la stabilité de la région


Global Compact Network Switzerland Partnership

01.01.2019 - 31.12.2026

The 2030 Agenda is universal and calls for the mobilization of all stakeholders worldwide to achieve the SDG through joint action. In this context, the private sector has a central role to play. The Global Compact Network Switzerland (GCNS) offers a unique opportunity for the SDC to engage and partner with the highly internationalized Swiss private sector to address corporate responsibility challenges and to contribute to a wider business movement for sustainable development.


Program Contribution to Brücke – Le Pont 2019 - 2020

01.01.2019 - 31.12.2020

Brücke-Le pont is an independent organization established by Travail.Suisse and the Catholic workers' movement (KAB). It has a strong support base in Switzerland and more than 60 years of experience in development cooperation in the South. Its program "Decent Work” includes some 30 projects in Togo, Benin, Salvador, Honduras, Brazil and Bolivia. The programme improves lives of disadvantaged people through vocational trainings, improved access to the labour market, income generation and improved respect of labour rights.


Contribution de programme au Centre Ecologique Albert Schweizer (CEAS) 2019-2020

01.01.2019 - 31.12.2020

CEAS contribue à l’amélioration des conditions de vie par une démarche participative de création des solutions (technique et méthodologique) au service du développement. Pour ce faire, l’ONG met notamment en application le travail d’instituts suisses de recherche (Universités et Hautes Ecoles Supérieurs) et des partenaires locaux. Sa stratégie s’articule autour de: L’accès aux énergies renouvelables pour tous, l’assainissement des déchets, la transformation agroalimentaire et la sensibilisation.


Horn of Africa: IFC - Private sector solutions for regufees and host communities

10.12.2018 - 09.07.2031

The Horn of Africa is fraught by political and economic fragilities and conflicts, leading to protracted displacement situations. They involve confinement in camps with few opportunities to establish sustainable livelihoods. Switzerland contributes to durable solutions for displacement-affected communities by promoting private sector development, leading to greater economic and employment opportunities and socio-economic integration in the region, which is in the Swiss interest.

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