HELVETAS Swiss Intercooperation.

HELVETAS Swiss Intercooperation is an international network of independent affiliate member organisations working in the field of development cooperation and emergency response. Our vision is a just world in which all men and women determine the course of their lives in dignity and security, using environmental resources in a sustainable manner.

As a network, we promote the fundamental rights of individuals and groups and strengthen governments and other duty bearers in their service provision. The HELVETAS network builds upon six decades of development experience. With 1400 collaborators, it is engaged in more than 30 countries. The affiliated members share a common vision and mission and subscribe to common working principles and policies. The members implement joint development programmes and adhere to a common strategy including defined working approaches and thematic areas of intervention.

Development work in four continents

The main focus of our work is on international projects. HELVETAS Swiss Intercooperation is committed to improving the living conditions of disadvantaged people in rural parts of Africa, Asia, South and Central America and Eastern Europe. The projects focus on the specific areas of Water and Infrastructure (water and sanitation, water for food, bridges and roads), Rural Economy (food, organic farming and Fairtrade), Environment and Climate Change (soils, forests, water and energy), Skills Development and Education (basic literacy and vocational training) and Governance and Peace (human rights and culture).

Giving the South a voice

Successful development not only requires activities in the South but also change in the North. For this, Helvetas draws on its broad support base in every language area of Switzerland. Helvetas uses its information and awareness-raising work, along with its FairShop, to inform the Swiss public about people’s living conditions and concerns in developing countries, and to persuade them to support development cooperation endeavours as well as to influence development policy in Switzerland.

Members

Focus group with Andean women in Apurímac (Perú)

Gender in the Andean Forests Landscape

This blog shares lessons learned from the identification, recognition, and assessment of local gender roles, functions, and contributions, during the activities of the Andean Forests Programme.

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Bosques de Kiuñalla, Apurímac.

Gobernanza participativa y gestión del riesgo ante incendios forestales en el Perú

Este blog presenta aprendizajes en la gestión de riesgo de los incendios forestales en la región de Apurímac, Perú.

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National Sanctuary of Ampay

Virtual reality for education: an immersive trip into the Andean Tropical Mountain Forests

The Andean Forests virtual reality platform provides a tour of 14 forest landscapes in four South American countries. It aims to be used in an educational context.

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Rontocchocha, Apurimac. By SUNASS

Hydrological ecosystem services compensation system in Abancay

The local organizations and peasant farmer communities of Apurimac hold activities to protect springs, plant native trees and build ccochas (artisanal reservoirs) to improve water regulation.

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Two people walking on a mountain in Hindu Kush Himalaya. View with a peak behind and a blue sky.

The Hindu Kush Himalaya Assessment

This open access volume is the first comprehensive assessment of the Hindu Kush Himalaya (HKH) region. 

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Natural Sessions in the Andean Chocó

Is there action without emotion? The Experience of Natural Sessions in the Andean Chocó – Ecuador

This article explores the importance of incorporating emotion and sensitivity for the protection of the Andean Chocó Biosphere Reserve in Ecuador, based on the experience of "Natural Sessions" 

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