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"In order for the next generation to inhabit a world that is sustainable and secure, we urgently need to make changes towards more justice, climate and environmental protection. It motivates me that my work at SWISSAID means I can contribute to this, both here in Switzerland and in the partner countries."
Head of Development Cooperation Department
"I hope that my work – although it seems to be only a grain of sand in a gigantic desert – can help to support the most disadvantaged groups of people. I am particularly concerned about the injustice of land grabbing without regard for the local population and the environment."
Programme Assistant for Niger, Chad and Ecuador
"I love the modesty of the people in Myanmar, the hustle and bustle on the Indian roads and the diversity of Tanzania. The issue that particularly interests me is the violence against women in India. It is unimaginable how some women are treated."
Programme Assistant for Tanzania, India and Myanmar
"In my opinion, SWISSAID's work for small farmers and the promotion of agro-ecological agriculture is the direction of the future. In particular, the interplay between the practical knowledge of the local population and the theoretical findings of science fascinates me time and again."
Monika Sommer Dürst
Programme Manager for Myanmar and Tanzania
"Equal opportunities are an essential prerequisite for the sustainable fight against poverty. SWISSAID supports women directly, but also raises awareness among men and boys. I campaign with conviction against inequalities that restrict rights – whether of women or men."
Programme Manager for Niger & thematic Advisor Gender
"What always impresses me when I visit the site: women, farmers and young people in our projects look the SWISSAID team in the eyes, because they feel understood and taken seriously. They know that it is their own project and that they are responsible for its implementation."
Daniel Ott Fröhlicher
Programme Manager for Chad and Colombia
"Successful and dignified development puts the people at grassroots level at the heart of every initiative. It strengthens their self-confidence, promotes their strengths, abilities and opportunities – and supports them in claiming their rights."
Programme Manager for Ecuador and India
"In cooperation with local organisations and our partners in Switzerland, SWISSAID is laying the foundations for many disadvantaged smallholder families to be able to live a dignified and self-determined life in an intact environment. It gives me pleasure to contribute to the solution."
Programme manager Nicaragua, Key account manager EZA
"From my first trip, I fell in love with Guinea-Bissau. The state has been paralysed by political crises for decades. Nevertheless, the population and civil society are not passive, but very dynamic and committed and motivated to make a difference."
Programme Manager for Nicaragua and Guinea-Bissau
"I am convinced that agro-ecology is the right approach to improving the living conditions of farming families. There are some goals which it takes patience, perseverance and continuous learning to achieve, as well as the belief that even difficult undertakings have a chance of success."
Programme manager for Guinea-Bissau & thematic Advisor Agroecology
"SWISSAID is a small organisation that is close to the people on the ground. During my first visit to Ecuador, I was impressed by the diversity of the fields cultivated by the beneficiaries of our projects, while on neighbouring plots of land, monocultures grow as far as the eye can see."
Christine Lombardo Oberson
Programme Assistant for Nicaragua, Colombia and Guinea-Bissau
"Whether it be small farmers in Colombia who join forces to assert their rights with the local authorities or women in Chad who organise themselves to improve their living conditions together: Seeing people take their future into their own hands is my greatest motivation."
Expert for Monitoring and Evaluation