Helvetas Swiss Intercooperation Weinbergstr. 22a 8021 Zurich Switzerland

Helvetas Swiss Intercooperation

Helvetas is committed to a just world in which all people determine the course of their lives in dignity and security, using environmental resources in a sustainable manner. Helvetas is an independent organization for development based in Switzerland with affiliated organizations in Germany and the United States. Helvetas supports poor and disadvantaged people and communities in almost 40 developing and transitional countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America and Eastern Europe.
Together with our partners, Helvetas tackles global challenges at various levels: with projects on the ground, with expert advice, and by advocating for conducive framework conditions benefiting the poor. This triple commitment is empowering people and transforming lives. Helvetas follows a multi-stakeholder approach by linking civil society actors, governments and the private sector.
Helvetas is active in the following areas: water, food and climate, education, jobs and private sector development, governance, gender and social equity. Helvetas engages in emergency relief, reconstruction and rehabilitation. In addition to rural areas, Helvetas is increasingly involved in urban development and is focusing its work on young people.

In Switzerland, Helvetas promotes solidarity and participates in the dialogue on development policy.


We support poor and disadvantaged people and communities in developing and transitional countries in their efforts to improve their living conditions.
Through development cooperation, we support people in improving their livelihoods themselves in a sustainable manner.
We promote equitable access to the resources and services necessary for life, and thus contribute to overcoming the root causes of poverty.
We uphold the protection and promotion of social, economic, political, environmental and cultural rights and responsibilities, and seek to ensure their practical implementation.
We support our partners in engaging in development policy issues.
We advocate for a coherent Swiss foreign and economic policy, responsive to the needs of people in developing and transition countries.
We accompany and support our partners on a long-term basis.

Geographic Focus

Eastern Europe, Asia, Africa and Latin America

Programme Areas

Civil society, Voluntarism & Non-Profit Sector,
Food, Agriculture & Nutrition,
Human/Civil Rights,
Peace & Conflict Resolution,
Socio-economic Development, Poverty

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