In a decisive strategic move, Springfield has become part of Swisscontact, helping to better deliver our shared goal of reducing poverty through sustainable and inclusive economic development. By joining forces, Swisscontact and Springfield are in the position to offer high quality services in project implementation, advisory services, specialised training offers and applied research.
Swisscontact is a leading organisation for the implementation of international development projects. Founded in 1959 and registered under Swiss law, they are an independent non-profit organisation, politically and denominationally neutral.
The Swisscontact mission is to promote inclusive economic, social and ecological development to make an effective contribution towards sustainable and widespread prosperity in developing and emerging economies. With this objective in mind, they offer the chance to economically and socially disadvantaged people to improve their lives on their own initiative.
The history of Swisscontact reflects the changes in the world economy and international development cooperation. In the beginning, our focus was on industrialisation and the growth of countries in Asia, Africa and Latin America. In the 1980s, the war on poverty came to the fore, and since the 1990s, sustainable development has defined our commitment. Today, Swisscontact implements more than one hundred projects every year, at a time when global projects implemented in numerous countries are becoming increasingly important in their achievement of greater outreach.
One combined strength is our access to numerous and various resources, via an extensive combined network of multi-national corporations, major universities, global and local NGOs, and specialist think tanks. By leveraging our research, monitoring and evaluation capabilities, we are in a position to influence and shape aid policies and practices, helping to create sustainable jobs and incomes for the poor, providing thousands of previously marginalised people new opportunities.