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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Energising Development

Three children sitting on the floor doing their homework

01.11.2012 - 31.12.2017

Approximately 18% of the world's population does not have access to electricity even though this is essential for sustainable development and reducing poverty. The SDC supports the "Energising Development" project (EnDev) that aims to ensure sustainable access to energy for some 15 million people in developing countries by 2018.

Country/region Topic Period Budget
Global
Climate change and environment
Employment & economic development
Biosphere protection
Employment creation

01.11.2012 - 31.12.2017


CHF 9'000'000



Vocational education and training in Tunisia – Objective: employment

Four young employees at a "practice firm" standing with their work certificates

15.07.2012 - 31.12.2015

Youth unemployment – a major factor in the revolutions that shook the countries of North Africa in 2011 – is a consequence of poor employability in the labour market. An SDC project aims to enhance vocational education and training in Tunisia. In particular, young university graduates are being given the opportunity to acquire practical skills by undertaking internships in "practice firms". Because they have proven so successful, Switzerland’s activities have been extended until 2020.

Country/region Topic Period Budget
Tunisia
Employment & economic development
Vocational training
Employment creation
Vocational training
SME development

15.07.2012 - 31.12.2015


CHF 3'150'000



Improving the chance of finding employment thanks to better professional qualifications

A mechanical carpentry centre in Fada N'Gourma, Burkina Faso.

01.07.2012 - 31.08.2017

Although vocational training is the gateway to the world of work and plays a key role in efforts to reduce poverty, access remains difficult for much of the population in many countries. In Burkina Faso, the SDC supports a programme of vocational training in the areas of crafts, agriculture, animal husbandry and forestry. The approach is one of dual apprenticeship based on the Swiss model.

Country/region Topic Period Budget
Burkina Faso
Vocational training
Employment & economic development
Vocational training
Employment creation
Tradepolicy & market system
SME development

01.07.2012 - 31.08.2017


CHF 5'000'000



Making Labour Market Work for Young People in Albania

01.07.2012 - 31.10.2017

An estimated 34% of Albania's youth are unemployed or underemployed. The main causes of this situation are low labour demand, ineffective job matching services and lack of skills. Youth employment is a priority and the Swiss-supported project “Making Labour Market work for Young People” - RisiAlbania - responds to this issue by promoting entry into the labour market.

 

Country/region Topic Period Budget
Albania
Employment & economic development
Employment creation
SME development

01.07.2012 - 31.10.2017


CHF 5'100'000



Initiatives des organisations paysannes pour la sécurité alimentaire,la gestion des ressources naturelles et la promotion des exploitations familiales

01.05.2012 - 31.05.2017

La productivité des exploitations agricoles au Mali reste faible. Pour l’augmenter et pour assurer la sécurité alimentaire des populations concernées, les organisations paysannes réalisent un appui technique aux exploitations agricoles familiales et introduisent des innovations appropriées. Elles renforcent aussi les capacités d’approvisionnement, de gestion de stocks, de transformation et de commercialisation des produits agro pastoraux. Ces activités se réalisent dans les régions de concentration de la DDC au Mali, à Sikasso, à Mopti et à Tombouctou.

Country/region Topic Period Budget
Mali
Agriculture & food security
Employment & economic development
Climate change and environment
Agricultural policy
Employment creation
Environmental policy

01.05.2012 - 31.05.2017


CHF 4'000'000



Broadening the range of occupations to boost the economy

A young man sawing a wooden board.

01.05.2012 - 31.01.2016

Since 2012, the SDC has been running a programme specifically designed for young Rwandans. By improving the quality of several vocational schools in Rwanda, the SDC aims to better equip young people to meet the needs of the country's economy, which must become more diversified if it is to grow. The SDC's efforts are also helping the most disadvantaged members of society to enter the job market.

Country/region Topic Period Budget
The Great Lakes Region

Rwanda, Western Province

Vocational training
Employment & economic development
Health
Vocational training
Employment creation
Health systems strengthening

01.05.2012 - 31.01.2016


CHF 9'740'000



Women’s anger takes centre-stage

01.04.2012 - 30.09.2015

“Sevrage”, played in Burkina Faso and other West African countries, uses humour to treat the issue of equality between men and women in African society. The SDC supports culture in Burkina Faso as a means of taking a critical look at social issues. Culture is also an important source of jobs.

Country/region Topic Period Budget
Burkina Faso
Education
Culture / development awareness
Employment & economic development
Basic life skills
Culture & recreation
Employment creation

01.04.2012 - 30.09.2015


CHF 1'500'000



Microcredit: a way to ensure access to water and to generate revenues

01.02.2012 - 31.12.2015

The rural populations in West Africa rarely have the means to invest in a water system. And yet small producers know that access to water would allow them to develop revenue-generating activities. In order to finance this type of installation in West Africa, the SDC has developed a pioneering project for microcredit.

Country/region Topic Period Budget
Africa
Employment & economic development
Agriculture & food security
Informal banking & insurance
Agricultural water resources

01.02.2012 - 31.12.2015


CHF 4'925'000



The sale of olives puts food on the table and increases income security

A farmer holds freshly harvested olives in his hands. He seems to be explaining how they have been cultivated.

15.11.2011 - 30.04.2015

Small scale farmers in the West Bank sell their own olives in the commercial market, thereby improving their livelihood. The SDC supports them with access to potential customers and fair conditions of trade. In this way, smallholder farmers' financial situation is strengthened and they are less susceptible to negative external factors.

Country/region Topic Period Budget
Palestinian Authority
Agriculture & food security
Employment & economic development
Agricultural development
Employment creation

15.11.2011 - 30.04.2015


CHF 3'620'000



Switzerland brings to North Africa its internationally recognised expertise in security sector reform

01.11.2011 - 31.12.2016

The uprisings in North Africa at the beginning of 2011 were directed to a considerable extent against the security forces on which the dictatorial regimes of Egypt, Libya and Tunisia have relied for decades. There is an urgent need for reorientation of the armed forces of the state – army, police and security services – to ensure a successful democratic transition. Thanks to the Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of the Armed Forces (DCAF) Switzerland is able to offer internationally recognised expertise in this area. Partner countries receive on request rapid, tailor-made support in carrying out security sector reform. Despite a number of similarities the challenges in Tunisia, Morocco, Libya and Egypt are quite different.

Country/region Topic Period Budget
Maghreb
Conflict & fragility
Employment & economic development
Governance
Security system management and reform
Financial policy
Legal and judicial development

01.11.2011 - 31.12.2016


CHF 3'307'792



Stronger public employment services for better labour market integration

At the job fair in Tuzla, young people receive information on job searching.

01.10.2011 - 31.03.2016

The Youth Employment Project (YEP) focuses on the better integration of young women and men, particularly from disadvantaged population groups, into the labour market. It works closely with the public employment services, in particular to improve their ability to place youth in jobs. Youth Employment Project also makes efforts to effect positive changes to Bosnia and Herzegovina’s youth employment policy.

Country/region Topic Period Budget
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Employment & economic development
Education
Employment creation
Education policy
Basic life skills

01.10.2011 - 31.03.2016


CHF 3'600'000



Fifteen thousand jobs created in Tunisia since the revolution

01.07.2011 - 31.03.2018

The I-SEMER project (Swiss initiative for jobs and rural micro and small enterprises) aimed to create 10,000 jobs for young people in four disadvantaged governorates of Tunisia over a period of four years. It has exceeded its objective. This project, which has been developed in cooperation with Tunisian partners, was Switzerland's first operational support in the vulnerable zones of post-revolution Tunisia.

Country/region Topic Period Budget
Tunisia
Employment & economic development
Employment creation
SME development

01.07.2011 - 31.03.2018


CHF 8'441'000


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