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Voice, Inclusion & Cohesion

Amplifying all citizens’ voices, fostering good governance, preventing conflicts and the radicalization of youth, and promoting the transformative effects of migration on development are key focus areas of Helvetas’ global programs.
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In many of the countries where Helvetas works, citizens are excluded from participating in the decision-making processes that affect their lives. Every year, Helvetas supports up to 350,000 people in exercising their civil rights.

Fostering good governance

Voice, inclusion and social cohesion is an aspiration, not a reality, for many people. The troubling trend of authoritarianism in recent years, fueled by populist rhetoric and nationalism, is exacerbating the situation. Meanwhile, space for civil society continues to shrink.

The Covid-19 crisis has led to further encroachments on civil and political rights. But the pandemic has also highlighted the importance of functioning governance systems. Fostering good governance and  protecting human rights takes time — especially in areas of the world marked by fragility, conflicts and humanitarian disasters.

Our work

Helvetas works with local governments, civil society organizations, the private sector and citizens to promote effective and inclusive governance, conflict transformation and safer migration.

We help citizens engage in decision- and policy-making to influence and hold local governments to account. We strengthen the capacities of local governments to provide quality public services in a gender responsive, pro-poor and efficient manner. 

Helvetas works with forcibly displaced persons and supports the most disadvantaged internal and international migrants seeking a better life by protecting their rights, minimizing migration risks, and maximizing the impact of migration on local social and economic development.

We foster peaceful relationships and social cohesion at the community level to prevent conflicts and the radicalization of youth that is fueled by scarcity of resources, unresponsive governments and populist rhetoric.

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Our projects in Eastern Europe

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Kosovo Education and Vocational Skills

Jobs for Young People

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Albania Voice, Inclusion & Cohesion

Building Confidence in Local Government

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Bosnia-Herzegovina Private Sector Development

Making Markets and Jobs

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Albania, Serbia Voice, Inclusion & Cohesion

Social Sciences for a Better Society

North Macedonia Climate & Disaster Resilience

Conserving biodiversity, managing complex landscapes

Albania Private Sector Development

Making Markets Work for the Youth

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Kosovo Education and Vocational Skills

Matching Skills with Demand in the Labor Market

North Macedonia Education and Vocational Skills

Market-Oriented Education for a Prosperous Society

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Kosovo Voice, Inclusion & Cohesion

Building a Democratic Kosovo

Bosnia-Herzegovina Education and Vocational Skills

Empowering Youth to Build a Better Future in Bosnia and Herzegovina

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Serbia Voice, Inclusion & Cohesion

ACT for a Stronger Civil Society