The following 33 important actors in the Swiss labour market in international cooperation – non-governmental organisations (NGOs) as well as educational institutions – are already members of Network cinfo. Just like them, benefit from the many advantages a membership can offer you.

IC organisations

Caritas Switzerland
Caritas Suisse soutient les personnes en détresse en Suisse et dans plus de 40 pays à travers le monde. Caritas apporte une aide d’urgence en cas de catastrophe et contribue à la reconstruction. La coopération au développement s’appuie sur le principe d’une aide qui encourage les bénéficiaires à être eux-mêmes acteurs de leur développement, dans des domaines tels que la formation, l'eau, l’écologie, la santé et la promotion de la paix.

CEAS Centre Ecologique Arbert Schweitzer
Le CEAS est une ONG suisse active dans la coopération au développement depuis 1980. Son but: promouvoir le développement durable dans une éthique conforme au «respect de la vie» selon Albert Schweitzer. Reconnue d'utilité publique, le CEAS met ainsi en œuvre des projets qui reposent sur la co-création de solutions novatrices, développées avec les populations locales et des instituts de recherche reconnus. Le CEAS soutient ainsi des familles, des petites entreprises et des collectivités publiques dans leur quête d’un avenir durable. 

Comundo verbessert mit über hundert Fachleuten die Lebensbedingungen von Menschen in Lateinamerika, Afrika und Asien mit einem Fokus auf Kinder, Jugendliche sowie alte Menschen. Dies dank dem Austausch von Wissen und Erfahrung mit lokalen Partnerorganisationen, mit Vernetzung und mit der Förderung von gegenseitigem Lernen. Als eine Schweizer Organisation der Zivilgesellschaft trägt Comundo zur Erreichung der Ziele der Agenda 2030 bei.

Enfants du Monde
Enfants du Monde is a Swiss non governmental organisation, founded in 1968 and based in Geneva. The mission is to help and protect disadvantaged children in some of the poorest countries by offering them a quality education and access to health services. More than 216‘400 children and their families benefit from 15 projects in 7 countries (Burkina Faso, Niger, Bangladesh, Guatemala, El Salvador, Colombia, Haiti).

HEKS Swiss Church Aid
HEKS/EPER, Swiss Church Aid, was established in 1946 and supports projects to combat hunger, poverty and injustice in 32 countries on four continents. Moreover, HEKS/EPER provides survival and emergency aid for victims of natural disasters and armed conflict worldwide and is committed to interchurch cooperation. In Switzerland, HEKS/EPER champions the rights and causes of refugees and the socially disadvantaged.

HELVETAS Swiss Intercooperation
HELVETAS Swiss Intercooperation is a development organisation and came into existence in 2011 with the merger of Helvetas (founded 1955) and Intercooperation (founded 1982). Over 1200 local and 60 international employees are engaged in 30 partner countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America and Eastern Europe. A total of 130 people work at the Bern and Zurich offices as well as at the branches in Lausanne and Balerna. They coordinate development projects, offer advisory services to governmental and non-governmental organisations and raise awareness concerning the problems faced by people in developing countries.

International Committee of the Red Cross ICRC
The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is an impartial, neutral and independent organization whose exclusively humanitarian mission is to protect the lives and dignity of victims of armed conflict and other situations of violence and to provide them with assistance. The ICRC also endeavours to prevent suffering by promoting and strengthening humanitarian law and universal humanitarian principles.

The Lutheran World Federation
The Lutheran World Federation 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. This work reaches more than 2.3 million people in 28 countries. The LWF is known for timely, compassionate, and professional humanitarian and development work. It serves people in need irrespective of ethnicity, religion or gender. The LWF was founded in 1947. Its headquarters are in Geneva and it operates locally around the world. As a communion of 148 Lutheran churches in 99 countries, LWF brings churches and people together to realize a vision of a just, peaceful, and reconciled world.

Medair brings life-saving relief and rehabilitation in disasters, conflict areas, and other crises by working alongside the most vulnerable. Medair is a non-governmental organisation (NGO), with internationally recruited staff who are motivated by their Christian faith to care for people in need.

Médecins du Monde
Doctors of the World Switzerland acts to reestablish at home and abroad a sustainable access to healthcare for excluded people. As an independent association, it publicly denounces violations of human rights and human dignity and fights to ensure excluded populations overcome barriers to healthcare.

Médecins Sans Frontières
MSF est une association privée à vocation internationale. Elle apporte son secours aux populations en détresse, aux victimes de catastrophes d'origine naturelle ou humaine, de situation de belligérance, sans aucune discrimination de race, de religion, philosophique ou politique.

Mission 21
Mission 21 setzt in 21 Ländern Afrikas, Asiens und Lateinamerikas zusammen mit 70 Partnerorganisationen Zeichen der Hoffnung auf der Grundlage des Evangeliums. In rund 90 Projekten stehen Armutsbekämpfung, Bildungsarbeit, Gesundheitsförderung, Friedensarbeit und Frauenförderung im Mittelpunkt.

Pestalozzi Children’s Foundation
The Foundation Pestalozzi Children’s Village is an internationally active organisation working in favour of children. Since its foundation in 1946, children and youth are at the centre of the organisation’s activities. The Pestalozzi Children's Village was created in response to orphans from World War II. Today, intercultural exchange projects enable Swiss school classes and children and adolescents from East European countries to meet and learn the basis for a peaceful cohabitation. In addition to the intercultural exchange projects, the Foundation is engaged in 11 countries worldwide focusing on education. Its goal is the universal access to a good and qualitative education.

Save the Children Switzerland
Save the Children is the largest independent children’s rights organisation in the world. Save the Children is active in over 120 countries. Since 1919, Save the Children provides medical care, food, education and protection for children, regardless of their background, gender or religious beliefs. Save the Children Switzerland has been active in Switzerland since 2006 and is Zewo-certified.

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.

For Health in Africa.
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.

Solidar Suisse
Solidar Suisse is committed to achieving a socially, politically and economically just society. The organisation fights for decent work, democratic participation and human rights in the poorest countries of Africa and Latin America, as well as in threshold countries of Eastern Europe and in China. It also provides disaster relief and humanitarian aid. Solidar Suisse and its innovative campaigns raise public awareness of how our consumerism affects people in developing countries.

One of Switzerland’s leading aid organisations, SWISSAID was founded in 1948. SWISSAID is involved in cooperative development projects in nine countries, tries to influence policy-making on development in Switzerland, and informs people about the causes of poverty and underdevelopment. SWISSAID has 137 staff worldwide, 31 of whom work in Switzerland.

Swisscontact is the business-oriented independent foundation for international development cooperation. Represented in 34 countries with over 1,200 employees, Swisscontact promotes since 1959 economic, social and environmental development. Swisscontact increases the potential of disadvantaged populations by involving them in their own development as active market participants: producers, employees, or consumers. Employment and income open up pathways out of poverty into a future of opportunities. Sustainable growth, driven by an innovative private sector, is the foundation of Swisscontact’s project work.

Swiss Red Cross SRC
The Swiss Red Cross (SRC) endeavors to improve the health and well being of vulnerable sectors of the world’s population and to overcome their social exclusion. SRC also helps people to improve their resilience to natural disasters and to cope better with their effects.

Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute Swiss TPH
The Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute (Swiss TPH) is a worldwide acknowledged Institution when it comes to Teaching, Research and Services in the area of international health. The contributions of Swiss TPH for the health condition improvement of population groups, the strengthening of health systems and the reduction of poverty is built on the principal of equality in partnerships as well as on mutual learning. Currently the Institute employs more than 700 collaborators in Switzerland and abroad.

Terre des hommes Foundation
Terre des hommes (Tdh) is the leading Swiss organisation for children’s aid. Since 1960, Tdh has helped build a better future for vulnerable children and their communities, making an impact with innovative and sustainable solutions. Each year, we provide assistance to over four million children and members of their communities in around 40 countries through our health, protection and emergency relief programmes.

World Vision Suisse
World Vision Switzerland is an independently registered Swiss Foundation operating within the worldwide network of the Christian aid organisation World Vision. For over 65 years, we have been committed to the most vulnerable, regardless of ethnicity, religion, nationality and gender. We work in long-term development, emergency and disaster relief and actively promote children's rights worldwide.

Educational institutions

BFH Cooperation and Development
In addition to its activities in education and applied research, the Berne University of Applied Sciences itself implements various types of development cooperation projects in various fields. The BFH experts are active in more than 40 emerging and developing countries and concentrate their activities on the Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations. The BFH has a broad spectrum of expertise that enables an interdisciplinary and practice-oriented approach to the challenges of international cooperation.

Centre for Development and Environment (CDE)
CDE is Switzerland’s centre of excellence for sustainable development. As one of the University of Bern’s strategic research centres, it conducts research and teaching on behalf of a more sustainable world. Its aim is to chart pathways to sustainable development and to initiate transformations in line with the UN’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. CDE’s research agenda is created within long-standing partnerships spanning the global North and South.

CFCD Centre pour la formation continue et à distance, Université de Genève
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 specialization (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.

Geneva Academy – Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights
The Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights aims to provide instruction of a high academic standard, in French and in English, conduct and promote scientific research, organise training courses and expert meetings and provide legal expertise in the branches of international law relating to situations of armed conflicts. Founded in 2007, the Academy replaces the University Centre for International Humanitarian Law created in 2002 by the Faculty of Law of the University of Geneva and the Graduate Institute of International Studies, now the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (IHEID).

Geneva Centre of Humanitarian Studies
A joint Centre of the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies and the University of Geneva, their 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.

Institut für Kommunikation & Führung IKF
Das Institut für Kommunikation & Führung IKF ist ein Kompetenzzentrum für praxis- bzw. lösungsorientierte und wissenschaftlich fundierte Dienstleistungen mit den Schwerpunkten Kommunikation, Wissen & Leadership. Ein starker Fokus liegt auf transkulturellen Handlungskompetenzen in der internationalen Zusammenarbeit. In Bildung, Forschung und Beratung fördert das IKF mit mehr als 100 Expertinnen und Experten weltweit den Aufbau von nachhaltigen Beziehungen, begleiten interkulturelle Projekte und unterstützen die Entwicklung von Kooperations- und Organisationskulturen.

NADEL, ETH Zürich – Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich
NADEL offers a multi-disciplinary course program to young and experienced professionals working in development cooperation. The courses offered are closely linked with NADEL’s research activities and development consultancies.

swisspeace – Swiss Peace Foundation
swisspeace is a practice-oriented peace research institute that strives to build civilian peacebuilding capacities of Swiss and international actors by conducting research on violent conflicts and their peaceful transformation, offering training, consultancies and space for exchange of experiences. The swisspeace Academy is swisspeace's center for postgraduate education in the peacebuilding sector. It is based in Basel, Switzerland.

Università della Svizzera italiana USI
The Università della Svizzera italiana (USI) in Lugano offers three executive master programs in the context of international cooperation and humanitarian operations: MAS in Intercultural Communication, MAS in Humanitarian Logistics and Management and MAS in Humanitarian Operations and Supply Chain Management. USI conducts and promotes scientific research in the fields of communication as well as economics. The Humanitarian Operations Research Center carries out applied research projects together with humanitarian organizations and provides consulting in the fields of management, logistics and supply chains.

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