India: Programme Overview and Projects


  • Traditional varieties: old seed, new success

    Traditional varieties: old seed, new success

    Indian farmers are preparing for climate change with old and comparatively robust seed for rice and cereal. The varieties are also proving financially beneficial. Nevertheless, many farmers come a cropper first before converting their farming methods.
  • “Without SWISSAID the school would never be where it is today”

    “Without SWISSAID the school would never be where it is today”

    A large tree, a teacher and three pupils: what started in India as a tiny village school for disadvantaged children is now – thanks to a historic donation from SWISSAID – a well-run boarding school for 2,700 children.
  • Young people against discrimination and intolerance

    Young people against discrimination and intolerance

    Thanks to Mahatma Gandhi, the caste system in India was officially done away with 66 years ago. However, a person’s caste still dictates their opportunity to marry, what job they do, their very existence in fact. Now, young people are tearing down social barriers.
  • Happiness workshops to tackle domestic violence

    Happiness workshops to tackle domestic violence

    No genuine progress is possible without equal opportunities for men and women. But in India women have always been at a disadvantage and subject to domestic violence. This has therefore been an area of focus for SWISSAID for almost ten years.
  • The campaign against domestic violence in India: “My daughter-in-law succeeded in stopping me beating her”

    The campaign against domestic violence in India: “My daughter-in-law succeeded in stopping me beating her”

    In India, domestic violence is rife among all social classes – and the state does little to prevent this. SWISSAID supports a proactive organisation that helps women that are abused and takes men to task before they turn violent.
  • Run with Aid for Change against violence against women

    Run with Aid for Change against violence against women

    For the first time, AID FOR CHANGE is taking part in the Pune International Marathon which will be held on Sunday, 1st December. Please sign up to run with the charity a 6 km course, raise awareness and support the cause - Stop Violence, Empower Women. Violence is not acceptable! One woman in four suffers violent abuse in India and cannot count on getting help. AID FOR CHANGE supports those affected to build a new life and raises awareness about this issue through the campaign ‘Stop Violence, Empower Women’.
  • Ways Out of the Debt Trap

    Ways Out of the Debt Trap

    In the Indian region of Vidarbha, many farmers are up to their ears in debt and have no prospects. The high prices for cultivating their products and climate change pressurise them into subsistence living. The conversion to ecologically sustainable agriculture brings relief – for the farmers, the soil and the wallet.
  • Pardhi women offered the chance of self-determination

    Pardhi women offered the chance of self-determination

    About one third of the Pardhi tribe has obtained official identity papers, thanks to SWISSAID’s assistance. This gives them access to state support. Now, a targeted campaign is under way to help women assert their own identity in India’s patriarchal society.