Employment is key to development in any country. More and better jobs and improved employability stimulate the economy as a whole and empower individuals and their families to make independent choices in life. Therefore employment – in all its dimensions – has always been a cornerstone of Swiss international cooperation. Both the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and the State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO) implement a wide range of programmes in their partner countries. They not only aim to create and maintain jobs, but also to increase and diversify incomes, improve working conditions and enhance poor people’s access to the labour market.
Between 2005 and 2014 SDC and SECO funded more than 200 employment-related interventions around the world. In 2017 independent experts had a close look at 72 of these projects to find out how effectively these interventions improved employment and income generation. The report of the independent experts confirms the valuable contributions that Swiss international cooperation has made in generating employment in its partner countries and underscores Switzerland’s strengths and expertise in this area. It also confirms that Switzerland’s portfolio of projects successfully addresses the multidimensional characteristics of employment in developing countries. Thus the authors concluded that almost 85 percent of employment-related objectives of the programmes were achieved. However, employment remains one of the most difficult challenges in the partner countries of the Swiss cooperation, and the lessons learnt through this report will help address them even better.
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