The positive impact of SECO’s projects

Between 2016 and 2017, the interventions of the SECO have allowed:

  • 517’000 organizations to have access to new capital,
  • 484’000 workers in value chains to have access to further education in order to be able to export sustainable products and to improve their living standards,
  • 5.9 mio. people to have access to basic services, such as access to water,
  • 4.4 mio. people in 48 cities of Africa, Asia and Latin America to be part of a sustainable urban planning,
  • 4.9 mio. tons of CO2 to be spared and 3.3 bn. kilowatt hours to be produced from renewable energies,
  • 491 mio. USD to be mobilized for the improvement of basic infrastructures

This is what the beneficiaries of SECO projects have to say:

I regard the support of SECO's Swiss Entrepreneurship Programme as very important for our success.

Mónica Abarca
Co-founder and CEO of the Peruvian start-up qAIRA, which has developed an air quality monitoring system for combating global air pollution.


Thanks to improved cultivation methods, I am able to harvest twice as much algae and provide better support for my family.

Sabri Delate
Sabri Delate is an algae farmer in UjungBaji village, Takalar, Indonesia. He benefitted from training in the SECO-funded SMART-Fish Indonesia programme.


Thanks to the SECO, I was able to expand my expert knowledge in the area of tax transparency. I now look forward to assisting with increasing tax income in Ghana.

Nana Achiaa Amoako
Legal Practitioner Ghana Revenue Authority


Effectiveness is verified …

SECO systematically reviews the effectiveness of its projects. It applies international rules based on causal chain approaches
(Theory of Change model) to assess the progress of its projects and programmes:

1. Service provided

SECO and its partners invest money, time, know-how and equipment in a project.

2. Immediate impact

These investments are used, for example, to produce studies, prepare projects, deliver training, or improve processes,
infrastructure and legislation.

3. Medium-term impact

Improvements are made in the quality of services, offerings, infrastructure and the underlying legislation.

4. Long-term impact

The quality of life of the communities concerned is improved.

… and measured

SECO measures the impact of projects by routinely compiling key figures and evaluating the (interim) results of projects.

  • Based on this data, SECO then reviews the intermediate status together with its project partners. They discuss the results, challenges and difficulties and decide on any adjustments or improvements.
  • In independent evaluations, experts verify that the projects have achieved the intended results. They analyse the experience and results from the project, draw up the findings and recommend improvements.

The findings and recommendations are presented in evaluation and accountability reports.

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