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Implementing Projects Carefully – Worldwide

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For communities to lift themselves out of poverty in the long term, global standards are needed. But how can these be implemented without triggering unintended and negative side effects? This is where Helvetas brings its expertise to bear.  

  • Project Name
  • Project Phase
    2022 to 2024
  • Funding
    IFAD - International Fund for Agricultural Development
  • Thematic focus
    Learning & Innovation
    Skills, Jobs and Income
    WASH Services

Focus on social, climatic and environmental aspects  

Rural development initiatives are central to improving the living conditions of people in remote areas and promoting agricultural production. Economic changes, social dynamics, and climate change affect landscapes and ecosystems – and therefore people who depend on it. In order to protect the environment and the well-being of these people, Social, Environmental, and Climate Assessment Procedures (SECAP) are needed.  Through the IFAD-funded SUSTAIN Initiative, Helvetas supports various governments and local actors in 59 low and lower middle-income countries across Africa and the Asia-Pacific Region in adopting these procedures in their projects.   

This comes with its challenges: the diligence sought often requires complex and challenging processes, such as reviewing a project for potential risks of an environmental, social and climatic nature. It also requires clear procedures to include environmental and nutritional considerations and marginalized people and all genders in a project - and to do so in a timely manner.   

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Exchanging knowledge and ideas at the Training of Trainers in Johannesburg in July 2023.  © Helvetas / Franz Thiel
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An IFAD-funded agricultural project.  © Copyrights: IFAD/ Susan Beccio

Empowering government staff through training and knowledge exchange 

To empower and support government ministries responsible for rural development to comply with SECAP, the initiative takes a participatory approach and provides training and coaching to government staff, consultants and partners. Through the SUSTAIN Community of Practice (CoP), participants and other ESC interested stakeholders can share knowledge, seek guidance, and continuously learn from each other and experts even after the training. 

The SUSTAIN project is an initiative of IFAD and is implemented by Helvetas, with support from CLEAR Centres and the Value chain Capacity Building Network. 

Learning & Innovation

Building the capacities of staff and partners to effectively share what they know, to learn together and create effective solutions is crucial to our success.

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.
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