© Helvetas/Singye Wangchuk

Networking for Employment and Income

© Helvetas/Singye Wangchuk

The backstopping mandate employment and income (e+i) provides thematic advice and supports knowledge management in the areas of private sector and financial sector development to the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation's (SDC) e+i network.

  • Project Name
    Backstopping Mandate for SDC’s employment & income (e+i) network
  • Project Phase
    2013 to 2019
  • Funding
    This mandate is funded by SDC
  • Thematic focus
    Private Sector Development
    Education and Vocational Skills

Assuring competence

Helvetas contributes to keeping SDC competent and informed about the current state of knowledge and experience in private sector development and financial sector development.

We also support the SDC's e+i focal point in promoting thematic and practical knowledge among the members and partners of the e+i network. Helvetas assists with the dissemination of innovation and experience of SDC projects and programs to a larger public. We support knowledge management and capacity development on the Market Systems Development approach, engagement with the private sector as well as monitoring and results measurement, amongst other topics.

This mandate is implemented by a group of Helvetas experts in collaboration with Agridea, the Microfinance Center of the Zurich University and independent experts.

Employment Fund Nepal Näherinnen | © Helvetas / Simon B. Opladen
Employment Fund Nepal: tailor at work © Helvetas / Simon B. Opladen
© Helvetas Laos / Agnieszka Kroskowska
Transfer of knowledge: Sustainable energy, Laos. © Helvetas Laos / Agnieszka Kroskowska
© Helvetas / Simon B. Opladen
Employment Fund in Dhangadhi, Far West Nepal: Hem Ray Sapkota is a Fund Trainee. © Helvetas / Simon B. Opladen
© Helvetas Laos / Agnieszka Kroskowska
Skills Development & Education: Communities have the skills and knowledge required to self-determine and take ownership of their own development. © Helvetas Laos / Agnieszka Kroskowska

Knowledge transfer, exchange and coaching

This mandate focuses on the one hand on the transfer of knowledge on current topics and the exchange of good practices and solutions, for example in relation to youth employment, local economic development or women's financial inclusion. Newsletters, interactive online meetings, web-based discussions and physical events account for this. On the other hand, it supports the network members based with demand-oriented coaching. Additionally, it also supports the thematic management of the website and the organization of savings and credit fora.

Further information

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Private Sector Development

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.

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

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