Kampagne 2021 Mosambik | © Ricardo Franco

Equal opportunities shouldn't be a matter of chance

By chance, Madina Muhuthage, Sundar Thapa and Clemencia López Cabrera were born into circumstances where they have no clean water, education or voice. Help create equal opportunities!    
© Ricardo Franco

Helvetas’ Position on Climate Justice

The climate change crisis exacerbates already existing social, financial and political injustices. We address this inequity and advocate for a fairer world through climate justice.

Subscribe to Helvetas Highlights

Our e-newsletter connects you to the latest updates from experts, including our response to COVID-19. 

How Can We Strengthen Food Systems in a Growing World?

SPECIAL: Selected projects on water

Travel around the world with our stories

Yezina Overcomes Every Hurdle

Yezina won't let her handicap stop her. She wants to become a successful seamstress who decides her own life.
© Helvetas / Jonathan Widmer

Welcome Home

Hospitality has a long tradition for the Red Dao in the northern highlands of Vietnam. Thanks to sustainable tourism, it should now also give rural communities an income.
© Patrick Rohr / Helvetas

Stateless – the Fate of the Rohingya

In the refugee camp in Bangladesh, Rabeya Begum and Mohamad try everything to enable their little son Mohamad Rizwan to live in dignity.

Where and how we work

Our Topics

Helvetas’ work impacts livelihoods: water, food and the environment. Thanks to trainings and capacity building people better determine their living conditions.
© Helvetas / Hanspeter Bundi

Where we work

Helvetas helps people in some thirty different countries to actively improve their living conditions. Find out more about our work in each of these countries.

Advocacy

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

Our topics

Education and Vocational Skills

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

Voice, Inclusion & Cohesion

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

Private Sector Development

Youth need access to reliable, fairly paid jobs to break the cycle of poverty. Helvetas creates partnerships and promotes policies that build more inclusive economies.
© Helvetas / Simon B. Opladen

WASH & Water Governance

The most vulnerable communities of the world suffer from dirty water. Every year, we support up to 500,000 people in getting access to clean drinking water and sanitary facilities.
© Helvetas / Christian Bobst

Bridges & Roads

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.

Climate & Disaster Resilience

Every year, we support over 1,000,000 people in adapting to climate change, reducing the risks of disasters, sustainably managing natural resources, and conserving nature.

Gender and Social Equity

Helvetas makes sure that our work actively and meaningfully includes and supports the most disadvantaged groups.

About us

Helvetas is an independent Swiss development organization that is building capacity in Africa, Asia, Latin America and Eastern Europe. We bring about real change in the lives of over three million disadvantaged people every year. We implement development projects in the areas of water, food and climate, education, jobs and private sector development, governance, gender and social equity. Helvetas also provides emergency response after disasters. In Switzerland we promote solidarity in spirit and in action and take part in the ongoing developmental policy dialogue.

Support our efforts with a donation

Such as our efforts to ensure that families have access to clean drinking water, children can go to school and young people receive vocational training.

Learn more about our strategy