Private Sector Development and financial services

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

Unemployment and underemployment remain 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 sustainably reduced and the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) be achieved.

SDC is committed to approaches and methods for economic development that promote socially and ecologically sustainable economic growth and involve in particular the poor disadvantaged segments of the population – whether as employees, producers or consumers.

Private sector development

As the driving economic force, the private sector is accorded a key role in developing and transition countries.

Youth employment

Vocational education and training for young people must be adapted to the demands of the job market and offer carefully tailored courses.

Financial sector development

Promoting measures that provide poor households, farmers and small enterprises with access to financial services improves their involvement in economic life and reduces their vulnerability.

Documents

Current projects

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Forging a common ‘Nile culture’ through music and academic training

Nile Project musicians on a boat.

01.05.2015 - 31.07.2017

To make the Nile Basin a common ground and shared ecosystem for the inhabitants of the eleven countries through which the Nile River flows, the SDC supports the innovative musical and educational Nile Project. The project brings together artists, students and concerned citizens. A series of acclaimed concerts has taken place since 2013; at the same time, students are developing initiatives to foster a better use of water resources.

Country/region Topic Period Budget
Egypt
Economy and Employment
Education
Migration
Environment
Rule of Law - Democracy - Human rights
Economy and Employment
Culture
Disaster Risk Reduction – Preparedness
Education policy
Environment protection
Small and medium-sized enterprises (SME) development
Mitigation of the effects of climate change
Human rights (incl. Women's rights)
Migration generally (development aspects and partnerships)

01.05.2015 - 31.07.2017


CHF 750'000



Micro-insurances for smallholder rice farmers in Asia

Work in the rice fields in India

01.05.2015 - 30.04.2018

RIICE is the name given to a public-private development partnership project that combines technological innovation and crop insurance. Its purpose: to improve food security by providing micro-insurance against crop losses and to enhance forecasting capacities thanks to vanguard satellite technology. Millions of smallholder rice farmers in Asia should benefit from this innovative project.

Country/region Topic Period Budget
Asia
Agriculture and Food Security
Economy and Employment
Agricultural production (incl. management of natural resources)
Small and medium-sized enterprises (SME) development

01.05.2015 - 30.04.2018


CHF 3'787'500



Developing skills for better employment

A student screwing a solar panel together.

15.12.2014 - 31.12.2018

Unequal access to employment and the mismatch between education and labour market requirements are among the reasons for the high youth-unemployment in Albania. The Vocational Education and Training (VET) system therefore is undergoing a reorientation in order to meet labour market needs. Through the Skills Development for Employment Programme Switzerland is supporting these reforms.

Country/region Topic Period Budget
Albania
Education
Economy and Employment
Vocational training and skills development
Labor market development
Human rights (incl. Women's rights)

15.12.2014 - 31.12.2018


CHF 3'000'000



Livestock Development in the South of Armenia

Armenian Farmer with his calf

01.09.2014 - 31.08.2020

In the provinces of Syunik and Vayots Dzor in southern Armenia, the agricultural sector mostly comprises subsistence farming where farmers are barely able to support their households. This project aims to help farmers increase their milk and meat production, and thus their incomes, by supporting local veterinary services (to improve animal health), facilitating access to milk and meat markets, and promoting the sharing of know-how among farmers.

Country/region Topic Period Budget
Armenia
Economy and Employment
Agriculture value-chain development
Small and medium-sized enterprises (SME) development
Agricultural production (incl. management of natural resources)

01.09.2014 - 31.08.2020


CHF 10'000'000



Alliances Lesser Caucasus Programme in Georgia

01.03.2014 - 30.06.2017

In the regions of Samtskhe-Javakheti, Kvemo Kartli and Adjara in southern Georgia, many family farms have only small numbers of livestock and operate at a subsistence level that merely enables them to get by. This project aims to help these farmers increase their income, not only by improving their productivity but also by providing them with better access to the meat and milk markets. This involves integrating the different elements of the production chain from farmers to processing companies, wholesalers and service providers such as veterinary surgeons, through to the consumers.

Country/region Topic Period Budget
Georgia
Agriculture and Food Security
Economy and Employment
Agriculture value-chain development
Agricultural production (incl. management of natural resources)
Financial inclusion (global & policy level)
Insurance (micro and meso level)

01.03.2014 - 30.06.2017


CHF 9'181'000



Local farmers meet the private sector

01.01.2014 - 31.12.2017

In northern Mozambique, the SDC connects farmers and various private sector enterprises to stimulate agricultural production and combat poverty. Supplying farmers with good-quality seeds is essential.

Country/region Topic Period Budget
Mozambique
Economy and Employment
Agricultural production (incl. management of natural resources)
Agriculture value-chain development
Small and medium-sized enterprises (SME) development

01.01.2014 - 31.12.2017


CHF 7'930'000



Programme for Supporting Decentralised Management of Literacy in Benin (PAGEDA)

An adult literacy centre in a Fulani camp in the village of Goure Bene, municipality of Nikki, Borgou, 2014

01.01.2014 - 30.09.2020

The programme for supporting the decentralised management of literacy services in Benin (PAGEDA) aims to provide high-quality literacy programmes that will enable 30,000 people (50-50 gender split, with most aged 15-30), who are excluded from or have no access to the formal education system, to acquire life skills and fully exercise their rights. The programme also aims to address gender, age and regional disparities in relation to access to education.

Country/region Topic Period Budget
Benin
Economy and Employment
Non-formal basic education (including youth and adults life skills and literacy)
Vocational training and skills development
Labor market development

01.01.2014 - 30.09.2020


CHF 6'320'000



Building a better future with cleaner bricks

Workers packing the fired bricks

01.11.2013 - 31.10.2017

Clay brick production in South Africa produces large emissions of greenhouse gases due to the use of old, energy-inefficient clamp firing systems. To solve this problem SDC is supporting the South-South technology transfer of the Vertical Shaft Brick Kiln. This energy-efficient technology considerably reduces coal consumption and cuts CO2 emissions by half. The first pilot plant was inaugurated in September 2011 in Jeffrey’s Bay, Eastern Cape.

Country/region Topic Period Budget
South Africa
Economy and Employment
Environment
Mitigation of the effects of climate change
Small and medium-sized enterprises (SME) development

01.11.2013 - 31.10.2017


CHF 4'150'000



lncreasing Market Employability in Macedonia

Biljana, co-founder of The Good Earth organic cooperative, holding a basket of organic fruit and vegetables.

01.11.2013 - 31.03.2019

Unemployment in Macedonia is particularly high, especially among young people and women, and a large segment of the population lives in poverty. That is why Switzerland is involved in developing business growth and improving the quality of products and services by helping SMEs in certain sectors of the economy.

Country/region Topic Period Budget
Macedonia
Economy and Employment
Labor market development

01.11.2013 - 31.03.2019


CHF 7'500'000



Better training to facilitate the integration of youngsters in rural areas into the labour market

Three young Nigerien men walking through a plantation.

30.09.2013 - 30.06.2017

The SDC is committed to improving the education and vocational training system in Niger. Over 1.5 million young people living in rural areas currently have no access to education or vocational training. Their future ability to enter the labour market depends on good-quality basic education and vocational training tailored to their needs.

Country/region Topic Period Budget
Niger

Dosso and Maradi

Economy and Employment
Vocational training and skills development
Labor market development
Non-formal basic education (including youth and adults life skills and literacy)

30.09.2013 - 30.06.2017


CHF 7'700'000



Private Sector Development in Serbia - Creating employment in tourism and the traditional products sector

Harvesting raspberries in Serbia. © RDA Užice

01.06.2013 - 31.05.2017

In Serbia, the unemployment rate remains high. The SDC is supporting a project that aims to increase income and job opportunities for people living in the south and south-west of the country, focusing in particular on young people and women. Improving the performance of the tourist sector and traditional products sector is key to achieving this goal.

Country/region Topic Period Budget
Serbia
Economy and Employment
Small and medium-sized enterprises (SME) development

01.06.2013 - 31.05.2017


CHF 3'200'000



More work opportunities for young people in Kosovo

A man looks at the vegetable.

01.04.2013 - 15.11.2017

Kosovo suffers under a high rate of youth unemployment. One reason for this is the lack of international competitiveness in the private sector. The 'Promoting Private Sector Employment' (PPSE) project supports companies in the food and tourism industries and helps to create new jobs.  

Country/region Topic Period Budget
Kosovo
Economy and Employment
Labor market development

01.04.2013 - 15.11.2017


CHF 7'130'000


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