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Governance, Peace & Migration

Empowering citizens, promoting peaceful societies and fostering the positive effects of migration on development are key concerns of Helvetas.
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In many of the countries where Helvetas works, men and women are unable to claim their rights and participate actively in decision-making processes. Every year, Helvetas supports up to 350,000 men and women in claiming their civil rights.

Why governance and peace matter

About a quarter of the world’s population lives in fragile and conflict-prone countries. Millions of people are denied basic rights and services, such as protection from violence or access to water and education. They have no possibility to participate in processes or raise their voice on matters that directly affect their lives. More people than ever are on the move and migrate voluntarily, or are forced to do so, within their own country or abroad, with enormous development potential. For example, families left behind can start a new business thanks to remittances from abroad.

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Our work

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

We support citizens in having a voice and engaging in decision- and policy-making. We strengthen the capacities of local governments to provide public services in a responsive, pro-poor and efficient manner. Our work is conflict-sensitive and we support peacebuilding, promoting acceptance and respect. We support the protection of the rights of migrants, minimizing risks and costs of migration, and maximizing its impact on local social and economic development.

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Kosovo, Eastern Europe

Building a Democratic Kosovo

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Albania, Serbia, Eastern Europe

Social Sciences for a Better Society

Selected Projects Worldwide: Governance and Peace

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Laos Governance, Peace & Migration

Fostering Civic Engagement

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Ethiopia Governance, Peace & Migration

Taking Responsibility for Village Administration

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Pakistan Governance, Peace & Migration

Economic Prospects for Peace and Stability

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Bangladesh Governance, Peace & Migration

Sound Local Policy for Real Change

Sri Lanka Governance, Peace & Migration

Making Labor Migration a Success

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Sri Lanka Governance, Peace & Migration

Young People on Course for Reconciliation

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Tajikistan Governance, Peace & Migration

Justice for All

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Albania, Eastern Europe Governance, Peace & Migration

Building Confidence in Local Government

© Helvetas / Armand Habazaj
Albania, Serbia, Eastern Europe Governance, Peace & Migration

Social Sciences for a Better Society

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Tajikistan Governance, Peace & Migration

Water for Sustainable Development

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Bhutan Governance, Peace & Migration

Partnership for Diverse Civil Society Actions

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Bangladesh Governance, Peace & Migration

Strengthening Capacities of the Disadvantaged

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Nepal Governance, Peace & Migration

Making Labor Migration an Informed Choice

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Kyrgyzstan Governance, Peace & Migration

Improving the Life Conditions in Rural Areas of Kyrgyzstan

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Kyrgyzstan Governance, Peace & Migration

Contributing to a More Cohesive Society in Kyrgyzstan

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Kosovo, Eastern Europe Governance, Peace & Migration

Building a Democratic Kosovo

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Albania, Eastern Europe Governance, Peace & Migration

Strengthening Local Governance for Empowered Citizens

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Global Governance, Peace & Migration

Tackling Corruption in the Water Sector

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Bhutan Governance, Peace & Migration

Bringing Decision-Making to Local Communities

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Guatemala Governance, Peace & Migration

Entrepreneurship in the Guatemalan Highlands

Sri Lanka Governance, Peace & Migration

A journey towards a Human Trafficking Free Sri Lanka

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Myanmar Governance, Peace & Migration

Open History - Arts for Peace