Vision and mission

Our vision is a just world in which all men and women determine the course of their lives in dignity and security, using environmental resources in a sustainable manner. This vision is the basis for the organisation’s mission to help disadvantaged men, women and communities in developing countries.
As we enter the second decade of the 21st century, the world seems an extremely fragmented place. Parts of the world and of global society are enjoying rapid technology progress, an expansion of political freedoms and economic growth, while other parts are suffering from increasing poverty and the erosion of education possibilities, if not growing violence and human rights violations.

Many development challenges remain in the new millennium. Against this backdrop of a widening gap between a few rich people and the many poor, HELVETAS Swiss Intercooperation sets out its vision of a society that
  • Ensures that the basic needs of all people – men and women – are met and that they can live a life in dignity and peace;
  • Guarantees all people the right of self-determination and allows them to participate in shaping their social and political environment;
  • Manages its natural resources in a sustainable manner;
  • Is based on organisations and institutions that adhere to the principles of accountability, transparency, quality and efficiency.

Together for a better world

HELVETAS Swiss Intercooperation's development projects are designed to improve the living conditions of women and men from disadvantaged communities in a direct and sustainable manner, to build capacities such that they can take control of their lives and to have the skills, resources and opportunities to secure a decent living.

HELVETAS Swiss Intercooperation works with disadvantaged and poor communities, therefore meeting people’s material needs remains central focus to our work. People ought not to suffer from hunger, should have access to clean water and sanitation, health care and schooling, be able to earn a decent living and live in suitable housing.

However, development is not all about quantifiable material results. We also campaign for better living standards, emancipation, political freedom, legal security and peace.