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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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© Helvetas / Chinch Gryniewicz

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
Advisor Nutrition Sensitive Agriculture and Food Systems
Senior Advisor Sustainable Agriculture / Organic Farming
Senior Advisor Financial Inclusion and Business Management
Senior Advisor Natural Resource Governance
Senior Advisor Evaluation & Learning
Senior Advisor Value Chain & Market Development
Owen Frazer
Senior Advisor Conflict Transformation
Senior Advisor Learning and Innovation
Senior Advisor Disaster Risk Management
Advisor Vocational Skills Development
Advisor Financial Inclusion and Private Sector Engagement
Senior Advisor Learning & Innovation
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Senior Advisor Value Chains & Sustainable Commodities
Advisor Skills Development and Entrepreneurship
Senior Advisor Private Sector Development
Senior Advisor Private Sector Development and Inclusive Systems

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 advisory.services@helvetas.org

Learn more about our working areas

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.

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.

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.

WASH & Water Governance

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.