Poland: Polish President Awards Center for Entrepreneurship Development
Switzerland is supporting a project to promote social and economic development in the disadvantaged region of Świętokrzyskie (Holy Cross Province). In this way development cooperation is creating sources of income outside agriculture for rural communities.
Poland, Warsaw, December 2016: On 9th December, Polish President Andrzej Duda awarded the Center for Entrepreneurship Development in Sandomierz with the "For the Common Good" prize. The President's awards were given to individuals and institutions pursuing projects based on civic engagement and providing assistance to others who contribute to building civic society.
For the last 5 years, the Center for Entrepreneurship Development in Sandomierz has been implementing the Regional Development Programme The Swiętorkzyskie Mountains – Our Future supported by Switzerland under the Swiss Contribution. The programme supports local socio-economic development in the Świętokrzyskie Mountains region by creating new jobs outside the farming sector and securing alternative sources of income for rural people. As a result, the tourism offer has been improved in order to generate income and economic perspectives for future generations.
Positive results: Swiss-Czech partnership fund draws to a close
Czech Republic, November 2016 – The work of the Swiss-Czech partnership fund has drawn to a close. The fund, which was set up in 2009, supported specific projects for seven years aimed at promoting cooperation and partnership between Switzerland and the Czech Republic. Within the framework of the final conference of 30 November 2016, various representatives of the two countries took stock: The partnership fund paid for nearly one hundred projects in a number of areas including environmental protection, health promotion and culture, with contributions of between CHF 10,000 and CHF 250,000. In his opening words, Ulrich Stürzinger from the SDC highlighted the significant added value gained from the mutual transfer of knowledge. He also noted that Swiss-Czech cooperation was given a long-term boost by the positive experiences gained. The brochure on the closing event documents the major successes of the partnership fund, providing a general overview of the fund and presenting selected projects in a clear and detailed manner.
Exchange between Hungarian and Swiss health professionals
Switzerland, November 2016 – Primary care practitioners in Hungary took part in an exchange with Swiss health professionals from 29 November to 1 December 2016. The goal of the project was to strengthen skills among Hungarian family doctors, nurses, nutritionists and physiotherapists. Some 15 local practitioners were introduced to the challenges facing the Swiss primary care system – the need to develop home care, the expanded role of nurses, and funding. The meeting also helped the Hungarian participants to develop a long-term vision of the model of care being introduced by the project beyond the current support provided by Switzerland.