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Building Bridges – and Friendships – Across Borders

The South-South Cooperation Unit works across the Global South to end rural isolation. In Ethiopia, a Nepalese engineer and his Ethiopian colleague have built far more than trail bridges.
© Helvetas / Simon Opladen

Helvetas works to alleviate poverty and advance human rights in more than 30 countries.

Where We Work

We work alongside local partners to fight poverty in Africa, Asia, Latin America and Eastern Europe. Learn more about how we support transitional and developing countries. 

2023 Annual Report

Last year was challenging for many. Amidst the backdrop of numerous conflicts, climate change and economic crises Helvetas supported over 5.8 million people worldwide.

USAID Award to Build Community Resilience in Moldova

Helvetas and our partners are working with local communities to identify, prioritize and mitigate the social, economic and environmental risks that already exist and are exacerbated by the war in neighboring Ukraine.

We reach 5.8 million people with vital services and information every year. 

Bridges & Roads

We build critical transport infrastructure that helps rural populations get better access to markets, schools and hospitals.
femme devant un robinet d'eau potable Guatemala | © Helvetas

WASH & Water Governance

The most vulnerable communities of the world suffer from dirty water. Every year, we help 500,000 people gain access to clean drinking water and sanitary facilities.

Private Sector Development

Youth need access to reliable, fairly paid jobs to break the cycle of poverty. Helvetas creates partnerships and promotes policies that build more inclusive economies.

Climate & Disaster Resilience

Every year, we support over 1,000,000 people in adapting to climate change, reducing the risks of disasters, sustainably managing natural resources, and conserving nature.

Helvetas supports almost 300 projects working toward sustainable solutions. 

Helvetas - a partner for true change
Truly changing lives
Change takes place where people have decided to break new ground. Teófilo Caraballo is a prime example: He made it possible for his family to drink clean water from their own tap.