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Advisory Services

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Helvetas gives technical advice and support to development projects, develop new tools, methods and approaches, and offers training and capacity building support. We elaborate analytical reports and publications, assist in strategic planning processes, and share Helvetas’ expertise in international networks.

Our expertise

Development means building human and organizational capacities, and local ownership. While providing technical expertise, we are committed to building virtual bridges that help achieve concerted action at global, national and local levels.

Helvetas expertise builds on more than six decades of practical experiences in rural development work. We systematically capture learnings, insights and innovations to effectively address today’s challenges. We strive to create a strong link between local knowledge and concerns and national or international know-how and issues.

For Helvetas, it’s important to share good practices and lessons learned in face-to-face discussion, online debates and publications. We believe in a two-way knowledge exchange between developed and developing countries and foster South-South cooperation. By using multiple media and communications channels and tools, we support strategic planning, policy development and informed public dialogue.

Helvetas collaborates with a wide range of partner organizations that bring in additional critical skills and expertise. We share our expertise in international networks.

What we offer

  • Cutting-edge specialist and evidence-based advice
  • Thematic analysis, documentation and publication
  • Process and network facilitation
  • Capacity-building for our partners and clients through coaching, training, courses and organizational development
  • Development of methodological tools, manuals and curricula
  • Strategic program development and support in project cycle management
  • Evidence-based learning and knowledge management
  • Development of monitoring systems, project evaluations and impact assessments
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National and international references

Our experts not only advise our own programs but also other private, non-profit, state and multilateral organizations on their development projects.

Our clients include

  • Our own development programs and projects
  • Bilateral and multilateral development agencies, e.g. GIZ and DFID
  • Civil society organizations
  • Private enterprises, e.g. Coop, Rabobank, Pakka and Mars
  • Governmental institutions
  • Multilateral financial institutions such as the World Bank (WB) and the African Development Bank (ADB)
  • Global organizations such as the International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO), the Global Environment Facility (GEF), the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the IFAD (International Fund for Agricultural Development) or the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)

Our quarterly newsletter “Highlights”

For development practitioners and anyone interested in our projects and approaches.

Helvetas’ Advisory Services comprises experts in rural and urban development, environmental management, and knowledge and learning from around the globe. 

Our Advisory Services are internationally renowned. Helvetas' experts advise external clients – private, nonprofit, state and multilateral organizations – as well as our Helvetas’ teams and projects in the Global South.  

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Meet the team of interdisciplinary experts

Our multilingual advisory team offers wide-ranging thematic expertise and has in-depth experience in navigating complex processes. Helvetas’ work builds on over 60 years of experience in more than 30 countries.

Contact our experts
Director Advisory Services / Senior Advisor Sustainable Agriculture & Extension
Director Advisory Services / Senior Advisor Adaptation to Climate Change
Senior Advisor Sustainable Agriculture / Organic Farming
Advisor Financial Sector Development & Buisness Management
Senior Advisor Adaptation to Climate Change
Senior Advisor Market Systems Development
Senior Advisor Sustainable Agriculture & Food Security
Senior Advisor Sustainable Agriculture & Food Security
Senior Advisor Value Chain & Market Development
Senior Advisor Migration & Development
Senior Advisor Sustainable Agriculture & Extension
Senior Advisor Market Development, Head of EE Unit
Senior Advisor Sustainable Agriculture & Extension
Governance & Civil Society Advisor
Swiss Water Partnership Coordinator
Head of Governance & Peace / Senior Advisor Governance
Advisor Vocational Skills Development
Head of Sustainable & Inclusive Economies / Senior Advisor Rural Economy & Value Chains
Regional Coordinator West Africa / Senior Advisor Water & Infrastructure
Senior Advisor WASH / Water Consortium Coordinator
Senior Advisor Skills Development & Education
Head of Sustainable & Inclusive Economies / Senior Advisor Market Systems Development
Senior Advisor Value Chains & Sustainable Commodities
Advisor Network Knowledge & Learning
Programme Coordinator, East and Southeast Europe, Senior Advisor, Sustainable & Inclusive Economies
Senior Advisor Forests & Biodiversity
Senior Advisor Value Chain & Market Systems Development

Training and competence development

We have extensive experience in giving workshops and training on key tools and approaches in our working areas including advocacy, partnership and capacity development, gender and social equity as well as marketing and communications.

For more information, please contact advisoryservices@helvetas.org

Download details about trainings or workshops and learn how to apply for them here

Learn more about our working areas

Skills Development and Education

Lack of education perpetuates inequality because poor countries cannot compete economically without a skilled workforce.

Governance, Peace & Migration

In many countries where we work, men and women are unable to claim their rights and participate actively in decision-making processes.

Environment and Climate Change

Every year, we support over 1,000,000 people adapt to climate change, reduce the risks of disasters, sustainably manage natural resources, and conserve nature.

Sustainable and Inclusive Economies

Economic growth does not always benefit the poor and poverty is bad for growth. We need to make a proactive effort to break this vicious cycle.


The most vulnerable communities suffer from dirty and scarce water. Annually we help up to 500,000 people get new access to drinking water and basic sanitation.

Rural Access

Lack of transport infrastructure makes it impossible for the poor to escape the poverty trap. We help people get better access to markets, schools, and hospitals.

Further information


Sustainable development only works within the right policy framework. Helvetas advocates for dialog with political decision-makers.


Annual reports, thematic publications and a lot more

Our projects worldwide

In over 250 projects, Helvetas advocates for a world in which people can live in dignity, safety and autonomy. Here is a selection of our projects.

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Mali Sustainable and Inclusive Economies

Dynamizing Agriculture for the Youth

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Laos Governance, Peace & Migration

Fostering Civic Engagement

© Helvetas / Patrick Rohr
Laos Sustainable and Inclusive Economies

Good Tea Fetches Good Prices

© Helvetas / Simon B. Opladen
Nepal Sustainable and Inclusive Economies

Riverbed Vegetables

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Ethiopia Governance, Peace & Migration

Taking Responsibility for Village Administration

Tanzania Knowledge and Learning

Better-Trained Teachers for Better Schools

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Madagascar Environment and Climate Change

Boosting Income to Boost Rainforest Conservation

Mozambique Skills Development and Education

Training for the Real Working World

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Honduras Knowledge and Learning

Vocational Training as a Way out of a Dead End

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Haiti Environment and Climate Change

Better Prepared for Storms

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Guatemala Sustainable and Inclusive Economies

Entrepreneurship in the Guatemalan Highlands

© Helvetas / Flurina Rothenberger
Myanmar Skills Development and Education

Well Equipped for the Working World

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Vietnam Sustainable and Inclusive Economies

Fighting Poverty with Responsible Tourism

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Bhutan Skills Development and Education

Building Trades with a Future for Young Men and Women

© Helvetas / Christian Bobst
Kosovo, Eastern Europe Skills Development and Education

Jobs for Young People

© Helvetas/Stephane Brabant
Benin Skills Development and Education

Making Up Lost Years of School

© Helvetas / Patrick Rohr
Ethiopia Skills Development and Education

Know-How and Skills for Young Tradespeople

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Ethiopia Environment and Climate Change

Herders Prepare for Climate Change Impacts

Tanzania Sustainable and Inclusive Economies

Increase Food Security and income for farming households

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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

© Helvetas / Simon B. Opladen
Bangladesh Environment and Climate Change

Clean Drinking Water from the Skies Above

Sri Lanka Governance, Peace & Migration

Making Labor Migration a Success

© Helvetas / Bruna Fossati
Sri Lanka Governance, Peace & Migration

Young People on Course for Reconciliation

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Bhutan Environment and Climate Change

Protecting and Sustainably Using Forests

© Helvetas / Patrick Rohr
Nepal Environment and Climate Change

Fresh Start after the Earthquake

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Vietnam, Laos, Myanmar Sustainable and Inclusive Economies

Ethical Trade in Botanicals

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Kyrgyzstan Sustainable and Inclusive Economies

Creating Jobs to Escape Poverty

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Tajikistan Governance, Peace & Migration

Justice for All

Albania, Eastern Europe Governance, Peace & Migration

Building Confidence in Local Government

© Helvetas / Patrick Rohr
Bosnia-Herzegovina, Eastern Europe Sustainable and Inclusive Economies

Making Markets and Jobs

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

Social Sciences for a Better Society

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Mali Environment and Climate Change

New Strategies to Adapt to Climate Change

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North Macedonia, Eastern Europe Environment and Climate Change

Getting Biodiversity on the Agenda

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Bangladesh Sustainable and Inclusive Economies

Joining Forces to Get Better Prices

© Helvetas / Markus Wild
Bhutan Sustainable and Inclusive Economies

Market Access: A Way Out of Poverty for Farmers

© Helvetas / Simon B. Opladen
Bolivia Sustainable and Inclusive Economies

Protecting the Primeval Forest with Cacao

© Helvetas/ Stephane Brabant
Benin Sustainable and Inclusive Economies

Training and Inspiration for Young Farmers

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Tajikistan Governance, Peace & Migration

Water for Sustainable Development

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Tajikistan Rural Access

Organic to Markets

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Bhutan Governance, Peace & Migration

Partnership for Diverse Civil Society Actions

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Vietnam Sustainable and Inclusive Economies

BioTrade Initiative in Vietnam

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Bangladesh Governance, Peace & Migration

Strengthening Capacities of the Disadvantaged

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Bangladesh Skills Development and Education

Skills and Job placement support for disadvantaged