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  • SWISSAID is involved in development policy making and implementation in Switzerland and southern hemisphere countries. We are convinced that the living conditions of the world’s poorest people will not be improved by projects alone, but also through economic and political dialogue. Therefore, we also strive to achieve equality for women and men and self-determination for farmers around the world, and to ensure that revenue from oil production benefits the poor. (we get involved).

Mission; How we work; Projects; Donate, help; Site details; Site in Colombia;
Address: Main SWISSAID office, Lorystrasse 6a, 3000 Berne 5, Switzerland;

About: One of Switzerland’s leading aid organisations, SWISSAID was founded in 1948. We are involved in cooperative development projects in nine countries, try to influence policy-making on development in Switzerland, and inform people about the causes of poverty and underdevelopment. We have 84 staff worldwide, 29 of whom work in Switzerland.  

Did you know that: All our offices in the nine African, Asian and Latin American countries are staffed exclusively by local people? This is more efficient and effective, and also makes good financial sense. SWISSAID relies on the knowledge and skills of the people the projects are intended to help and does not bring in expensive experts from the northern hemisphere?

SWISSAID facilitates small, easily-managed projects, which are initiated and carried out by the affected people themselves? SWISSAID works in places where no, or very few, other aid organisations are involved?

SWISSAID is aware that real development can happen only when there is political change? This is why we are politically active, both in the Third World and Switzerland, but always on a non-sectarian basis and independent of party politics.

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