cinfo is committed to working closely with others. These collaborations help to advance, position and promote the Swiss labour market of international cooperation.
cinfo is funded by
SDC – Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation
The SDC is the agency for international cooperation of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA). It is responsible for the overall coordination with other federal authorities of development and cooperation with Eastern Europe as well as for humanitarian aid delivered by the Swiss Confederation.
SECO – State Secretariat for Economic Affairs
SECO is the federal government’s centre of expertise for core issues relating to economic policy. Its aim is to ensure sustainable economic growth, high employment and fair working conditions by providing a stable environment for regulatory, economic and foreign trade policy.
State Secretariat: PHRD – Peace and Human Rights Division
The FDFA's Peace and Human Rights Division (PHRD) is responsible for the promotion of peace and human rights as set out in the Federal Council’s foreign policy strategy. It focuses on the security of the individual and protecting people against violence, war and acts of arbitrary treatment. The PHRD is part of the State Secretariat.
Our members (Network cinfo)
BFH Cooperation and Development
The platform BFH Cooperation and Development brings together the activities of various different departments at BFH in the field of international cooperation. Specialising in cooperation with emerging and developing countries, our activities are guided by the UN’s Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development and make a concrete contribution to the sustainable development of both the economy and society.
Biovision has been promoting ecological solutions for poverty reduction and improved food security in sub-Saharan Africa since 1998, developing and disseminating practical agro-ecological knowledge and action with its strong network of partners. As a pioneer of change, Biovision works in sub-Saharan Africa, globally and in Switzerland in a solution-oriented and science-based manner for social and political framework conditions that make an agro-ecological transformation towards a sustainable food system possible.
Caritas Switzerland prevents, combats and alleviates poverty worldwide in around 20 countries. We provide professional, effective and efficient help to people in need irrespective of their political or religious beliefs, gender or ethnicity.
Centre Ecologique Albert Schweitzer (CEAS)
CEAS is a Swiss NGO active in development cooperation since 1980. Recognised as a public utility, it implements projects based on the co-creation of innovative solutions, developed with local populations and recognised research institutes. Thanks to its complementary areas of expertise and its international network of partners, CEAS supports families, small businesses and public authorities on the African continent.
Centre for Development and Environment (CDE)
CDE is Switzerland’s centre of excellence for sustainable development. One of the University of Bern’s strategic research centres, we are tasked with mainstreaming sustainability throughout the university’s research and teaching. We conduct research and teaching on behalf of a more sustainable world. Our aim is to chart pathways to sustainable development and to initiate transformations in line with the UN’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
Centre pour la formation continue et à distance (CFCD)
To face the ever growing and complex challenges in international cooperation, the University of Geneva offers interdisciplinary continuing education programmes for professionals, in multiple formats. They give professionals the opportunity to acquire and reinforce qualifications in their field of specialisation (humanitarian action, environnement and sustainable development, health and psychology, education and law). The programmes also aim at developing transferable and transversal skills, which are essential to pursue a successful career or reorientation.
Comundo improves the living conditions of people in Latin America, Africa and Asia with a focus on children, young people and the elderly. It does this by sharing knowledge and experience with local partner organisations, by networking and by promoting mutual learning. As a Swiss civil society organisation, Comundo contributes to achieving the goals of the 2030 Agenda.
Enfants du monde (EdM)
Enfants du Monde is a Swiss organisation based in Geneva. For over 50 years, we have been providing quality education and access to healthcare to children and mothers in the world's poorest countries.
EPFL EssentialTech Centre
The EPFL EssentialTech Centre develops sustainable and scalable solutions to address unmet needs, notably in low-income and vulnerable contexts. Its mission is to harness science and technology to drive sustainable development, humanitarian action and peace. Working from concept definition to technology transfer, its core activities include systems engineering, contextual guidance and developing sustainable business models for the projects. The Centre also provides expertise to international organizations and partnership initiatives in its focus areas of action.
ETH NADEL, Center for Development and Cooperation
NADEL is the Center for Development and Cooperation at ETH Zurich. It connects researchers and practitioners to share, discuss and apply knowledge that addresses global and local development challenges. The Center offers postgraduate programs and individual courses aimed at graduates and professionals interested, or currently working, in development cooperation.
Fastenopfer is a Swiss organisation for international cooperation. We work for disadvantaged people in the Global South - for a fairer world and to overcome hunger. We draw on local knowledge and develop effective approaches in dialogue with our partner organisations. In the spirit of helping people to help themselves, we support communities in organising themselves and demanding their basic rights. We work with partner organisations in 14 countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America, as well as in Switzerland.
Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights
The Geneva Academy provides postgraduate education, conducts academic legal research and policy studies, and organises training courses and expert meetings. We concentrate on branches of international law that relate to situations of armed conflict, protracted violence and protection of human rights. The institution has acquired a global reputation for excellent teaching and research, and it attracts exceptional students to its master’s and training programmes.
Geneva Centre of Humanitarian Studies
A joint Centre of the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies and the University of Geneva, our mission is to contribute to a better, more effective, humanitarian response. The Centre offers a wide range of specialist and academic courses on humanitarian action, both online and residential, in Geneva and around the world, close to where professionals work; integrated, evidence-based research looking at trends and changes in the sector; and policy events on contemporary topics affecting the humanitarian sector.
Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies
The Graduate Institute Geneva is an institution of research and higher education dedicated to the study of world affairs, with a particular emphasis on the cross-cutting fields of international relations and development issues. Through our core activities, we aim to promote international cooperation and make a contribution to the progress of developing societies. More broadly, we endeavour to develop creative thinking on the major challenges of our time, foster global responsibility and advance respect for diversity.
HEKS champions the cause of a more humane and just world and a life in dignity. Internationally, HEKS/EPER focuses on rural community development, humanitarian aid and inter-church cooperation. In Switzerland, HEKS/EPER champions the rights and the integration of refugees and socially disadvantaged people.
Helvetas is committed to 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. Helvetas is an independent organization for development based in Switzerland with affiliated organizations in Germany and the United States. Helvetas supports poor and disadvantaged women, men and communities in about thirty developing and transition countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America and Eastern Europe.
Institute of Communication & Leadership Lucerne (IKF)
IKF offers tertiary level continuing education programs in the areas of transcultural communication and competences, digital transformation, leadership, management and organisation, and knowledge management. We are independent, agile, and teach you practical competences that matter today and in the future. When it comes to expertise in transcultural and intercultural topics, we have over 30 years of experience and over 1'500 alumni in the field.
International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)
The ICRC is a neutral, impartial and independent humanitarian organisation. We work to help and protect people affected by armed conflict and other situations of violence, a mandate that stems from the four Geneva Conventions of 1949. Our mandate and legal status set us apart from both intergovernmental and non-governmental organisations. We operate independently from governments and work directly with communities ensnared by violence. Because of this, we can react quickly in a crisis to bring help where it is most needed.
Medair is an impartial, independent, and neutral humanitarian organisation inspired by Christian faith to save lives and relieve human suffering in the world’s most difficult-to-reach and devastated places. Since 1989, we’ve been helping people in crisis – regardless of race, creed or nationality – That the world’s most vulnerable and difficult-to-reach people living in dignity, free from human suffering, and with hope for a better future.
Médecins du Monde Suisse (MdM)
Médecins du Monde Switzerland is a medical humanitarian NGO and part of the international Médecins du Monde network. We provide sustainable access to healthcare for people in vulnerable situations in Switzerland and around the world.
Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF)
Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is an international, independent, medical humanitarian organisation that delivers emergency aid to people affected by armed conflict, epidemics, pandemics, natural disasters and exclusion from healthcare. We offer assistance to people based on need and irrespective of race, religion, gender or political affiliation.
Mercy Ships uses hospital ships to deliver free, world-class healthcare services, capacity building, and sustainable development to those with little access in the developing world. Mercy Ships also works with host nations to help fill the gaps in healthcare systems through training opportunities and infrastructure projects. Founded in Lausanne, Mercy Ships has worked in more than 55 developing countries and provided over 100'000 surgical procedures. Year after year, volunteers from over 60 nations serve onboard the two biggest civilian hospital ships in the world, the Global Mercy and the Africa Mercy.
Mission 21 is committed in 20 countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America in the context of sustainable development cooperation as well as humanitarian action for peacebuilding, education, health, food sovereignty, and economic empowerment. In this way we contribute to the achievement of the UN goals for sustainable development. This worldwide commitment is combined with programmes for intercultural exchange and interreligious cooperation as well as the promotion of understanding for global connections.
Pestalozzi Children's Foundation
The Pestalozzi Children's Foundation is an international child welfare organisation that has been working to support children and youths since 1946. We have been involved in development cooperation for over three decades. Together with local partner organisations, we help disadvantaged children and youths exercise their right to a good education, thereby providing them with better opportunities for the future.
Save the Children Switzerland
As leading independent children’s rights organisation, Save the Children has been working specifically for the rights of children since 1919. In Switzerland and around the world, we give children a healthy start in life, the opportunity to learn and protection from harm. When crisis strikes, and children are most vulnerable, we are always among the first to respond and the last to leave. We ensure children’s unique needs are met and their voices are heard. We deliver lasting results for millions of children, including those hardest to reach.
Skat Consulting Ltd.
Skat Consulting Ltd. is an owner-operated leading Swiss company specialising in international cooperation. We are dedicated to making basic services available and ensuring dignified living conditions and a healthy environment for all. We support governments and the private sector around the globe in improving people’s lives by facilitating lasting solutions in water, building, energy and governance.
Solidar Suisse is a Swiss development organisation with projects in Africa, Asia, Latin America and Southeastern Europe. Together with our local partners we fight for decent work, social justice, participation in democratic processes and against extreme inequality.
SolidarMed is the Swiss organisation for health in Africa and improves health care for 1.5 million people in Lesotho, Moçambique, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe. SolidarMed strengthens and expands existing medical services sustainably and meaningfully. The health of mothers, pregnant women, newborns and children is a central concern and receives particular attention in the projects. In cooperation with local partner organisations, hospitals and villages, SolidarMed promotes help for self-help.
Swiss Red Cross (SRC)
The Swiss Red Cross endeavors to improve the health and well being of vulnerable sectors of the world’s population and to overcome their social exclusion. The SRC also helps people to improve their resilience to natural disasters and to cope better with their effects. As part of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, it is active in emergency relief, post-disaster reconstruction and development cooperation in over 20 countries.
Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute (Swiss TPH)
Swiss TPH is a world-leading institute in global health with a particular focus on low- and middle-income countries. Associated with the University of Basel, Swiss TPH combines research, services, and education and training at local, national and international levels. About 850 people from 80 nations work at Swiss TPH focusing on infectious and non-communicable diseases, environment, society and health as well as health systems and interventions.
SWISSAID is committed to improving the living conditions and future opportunities of smallholder families, women and children in the global South, with whom it works on an equal footing in all its projects. Practical action on the ground and political engagement in Switzerland: as an expert in agroecology and gender equality and with a keen eye on the commodity market, we work in a principled way for sustainable development.
Swisscontact is a leading organisation in the implementation of international development projects. We create opportunities – we promote inclusive economic, social and ecological development to make an effective contribution towards sustainable and widespread prosperity in developing and emerging economies.
swisspeace is a practice and research institute dedicated to advancing effective peacebuilding. Partnerships with local and international actors are at the core of our work. Together, we combine expertise and creativity to reduce violence and promote peace in contexts affected by conflicts. We offer postgraduate programmes on peacebuilding, as well as several freestanding continuing education peacebuilding courses in collaboration with the University of Basel.
Terre des hommes (Tdh)
Terre des hommes is the leading Swiss organisation for children’s aid. Through our health, protection and emergency relief programmes, we provide assistance to over four million children and their families in around 40 countries each year. We aspire to a world in which the rights of children, as defined in the Convention on the Rights of the Child, are always respected. A world in which children can thrive in safe environments and become agents of change they wish to see in their lives.
terre des hommes switzerland
terre des hommes switzerland empowers young people in Africa, Latin America and Switzerland. Together with them, we fight poverty, violence and discrimination and promote the rights of children and young people and fair North-South relations. Our core competence lies in participatory and solution-oriented work with young people in the areas of health, peace culture and sustainable livelihoods.
The Lutheran World Federation (LWF)
The LWF is a global communion of churches, putting faith into action and promoting and advocating for human dignity, justice, and peace. Through LWF World Service, its humanitarian and development arm, the LWF supports people in need, responds to emergencies, and addresses the causes and effects of human suffering and poverty. The LWF is known for timely, compassionate, and professional humanitarian and development work. It serves people in need irrespective of ethnicity, religion or gender.
World Vision Switzerland
World Vision Switzerland is a Swiss foundation whose goal is to enable children all over the world to live without hunger and poverty, in safety and without violence, with the chance of education and a perspective for a self-determined future. As an independent partner of the international children's relief organisation World Vision, we carry out our own development projects and finance them with donations from Switzerland.
Wyss Academy for Nature
The Wyss Academy for Nature at the University of Berne is a place of innovation, where research, business, policymakers and communities come together to co-design solutions for sustainable futures. Our mission is to turn scientific knowledge into action. Combining ambitious, innovative goals with a transformative approach, we develop long-term pathways that strengthen and reconcile biodiversity conservation, human well-being and the sustainable use of natural resources in a variety of landscapes throughout the world.
Our focus multilateral organisations
African Development Bank (AfDB)
The African Development Bank (AfDB) Group’s mission is to help reduce poverty, improve living conditions for Africans and mobilise resources for the continent’s economic and social development. With this objective in mind, the institution aims at assisting African countries – individually and collectively – in their efforts to achieve sustainable economic development and social progress.
Asian Development Bank (ADB)
The Asian Development Bank envisions a prosperous, inclusive, resilient, and sustainable Asia and the Pacific, while sustaining our efforts to eradicate extreme poverty in the region. We provide loans, technical assistance, grants, and equity investments to promote social and economic development.
Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB)
AIIB is a multilateral development bank whose mission is financing the Infrastructure for Tomorrow (I4t) – infrastructure with sustainability at its core. As an institution focused on developing Asia, but with members from all over the world, our investments in infrastructure and other productive sectors seek to foster sustainable economic development, create wealth and improve infrastructure connectivity.
European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD)
The EBRD is a unique international financial institution supporting projects across three continents. Investing primarily in private sector clients whose needs cannot be fully met by the market, we promote entrepreneurship and foster transition towards open and sustainable market economies.
Green Climate Fund (GCF)
GCF is a new global fund created to support the efforts of developing countries to respond to the challenge of climate change. GCF helps developing countries limit or reduce their greenhouse gas emissions and adapt to climate change. It seeks to promote a paradigm shift to low-emission and climate-resilient development, taking into account the needs of nations that are particularly vulnerable to climate change impacts.
IDB Invest finances projects to advance clean energy, modernise agriculture, strengthen transportation systems and expand access to financing in Latin America and the Carribean.
Inter-American Development Bank (IDB)
IDB is the largest source of development financing for Latin America and the Caribbean. Through financial and technical support for countries working to reduce poverty and inequality, we help improve health and education, and advance infrastructure. Our aim is to achieve development in a sustainable, climate-friendly way.
International Finance Corporation (IFC)
IFC is the largest global development institution focused on the private sector in developing countries. A member of the World Bank Group, we advance economic development and improve the lives of people by encouraging the growth of the private sector in developing countries.
International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)
IFAD is an international financial institution and a United Nations specialised agency based in Rome. At IFAD, we invest in rural people, empowering them to increase their food security, improve the nutrition of their families and increase their incomes. We help them build resilience, expand their businesses and take charge of their own development.
Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS)
UNAIDS is leading the global effort to end AIDS as a public health threat by 2030 as part of the Sustainable Development Goals. UNAIDS has a vision of zero new HIV infections, zero discrimination and zero AIDS-related deaths, and a principle of leaving no one behind.
United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)
UNICEF works in over 190 countries and territories to save children’s lives, to defend their rights, and to help them fulfil their potential, from early childhood through adolescence.
United Nations Development Coordination Office and Resident Coordinator system (UN DCO/RC)
The UN DCO serves as the secretariat for the UN Sustainable Development Group (UNSDG) – 34 agencies, funds and programmes working on development – at the regional and global levels. The RC system aims to bring together the different UN agencies to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of operational activities at the country level.
United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
UNDP works in about 170 countries and territories, helping to eradicate poverty, reduce inequalities and exclusion, and build resilience so countries can sustain progress. As the UN’s development agency, UNDP plays a critical role in helping countries achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.
United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women)
UN Women is the United Nations entity dedicated to gender equality and the empowerment of women. A global champion for women and girls, UN Women was established to accelerate progress on meeting their needs worldwide.
United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)
UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is a global organisation dedicated to saving lives, protecting rights and building a better future for refugees, forcibly displaced communities and stateless people.
United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA)
OCHA is the part of the United Nations Secretariat responsible for bringing together humanitarian actors to ensure a coherent response to emergencies. OCHA also ensures there is a framework within which each actor can contribute to the overall response effort.
United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)
UNFPA is the United Nations sexual and reproductive health agency. Our mission is to deliver a world where every pregnancy is wanted, every childbirth is safe and every young person's potential is fulfilled.
United Nations Volunteers (UNV)
The United Nations Volunteers programme contributes to peace and development through volunteerism worldwide. We work with partners to integrate qualified, highly motivated and well supported UN Volunteers into development programming and promote the value and global recognition of volunteerism.
United Nations World Food Programme (WFP)
The World Food Programme is the world’s largest humanitarian organisation, saving lives in emergencies and using food assistance to build a pathway to peace, stability and prosperity for people recovering from conflict, disasters and the impact of climate change.
World Bank Group (WBG)
The World Bank Group is a vital source of financial and technical assistance to developing countries around the world. Our mission is to fight poverty with passion and professionalism for lasting results and to help people help themselves and their environment by providing resources, sharing knowledge, building capacity and forging partnerships in the public and private sectors.
World Health Organization (WHO)
Dedicated to the well-being of all people and guided by science, the World Health Organization leads and champions global efforts to give everyone, everywhere an equal chance to live a healthy life. WHO’s work is founded on the principle that all people, everywhere, should enjoy the highest standard of health.
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The AGAB-ASOU aims to network, support and promote people and institutions that help high school students, university students and graduates in their study and career choice process.
The CHS Alliance is a global alliance of humanitarian and development organisations committed to making aid work better for people. We believe organisations deliver higher quality, more effective aid when they are accountable to the people they serve.
Global Interagency Security Forum (GISF)
The Global Interagency Security Forum (formerly EISF) is a member-led NGO forum that drives change through our global network of over 100 member organisations. We influence good security risk management practice that works for the whole humanitarian sector, improving the security of aid workers and operations for sustainable access.
NGO-Plattform der Schweizer Entwicklungsorganisationen
The "NGO-Plattform" serves to represent common interests vis-à-vis SDC and other federal agencies and to deal with open questions concerning SDC's partnership with Swiss development organisations.
Our collaboration and outreach partners
femdat.ch is committed to ensuring that women are able to contribute their skills to the workplace and society and are visible. femdat.ch is now the largest job network and career portal for female academics and managers in Switzerland.
The Think Tank foraus advocates a constructive foreign policy and an informative dialogue: independent, scientific, relevant. Through our platform, we offer young talents voluntary access to the discourse, where they can contribute with their ideas to foreign policy – outside the traditional framework of political parties.
Gesellschaft Schweiz-UNO (GSUN) is committed to strengthening relations between Switzerland and the United Nations (UN). They also work within Switzerland to promote the networking of actors who are committed to multilateralism.
Organisation of the Swiss Abroad (OSA)
The Organisation of the Swiss Abroad is a centre of expertise on all matters concerning Swiss people living abroad. It defends and represents the interests of Swiss citizens living abroad and offers them a wide range of services.
OWIT Lake Geneva
OWIT Lake Geneva is a non-profit association, established in 2000, as the Swiss chapter of OWIT International, the Organisation of Women in International Trade. Our main goal is to enable professional women and men to meet and expand their networks, connect and exchange ideas.
The Soliswiss Cooperative for Swiss Abroad provides advice on emigration, working abroad and returning home on topics such as registration and deregistration, social insurance or banking and offers access to insurance solutions and other services. Soliswiss has more than 3,700 members in over 130 countries.
Our consulting and R&D partners
BASS (Büro für arbeits- und sozialpolitische Studien) is a private, independent research institute in Berne. Our team specialises in carrying out practice-oriented analyses and evaluations in the fields of the labour market, equality, migration, education, etc.