Africa

 

Jojoba - Namibia

Namib Desert Jojoba Oil Producers CC (NDJ) have successfully farmed Jojoba plants in Swakopmund, Namibia, since 2014. Their mission is to enable marginalised communities to grow Jojoba and become independent farmers who can sell their high-quality oil to clients (e.g. cosmetic makers) around the world.

 

IECD – Seeds of Hope in Morocco

The European Institute for Cooperation and Development (IECD) is a non-profit association founded in 1988. Through its Seeds of Hope programme, it supports vocational training for at-risk youth in various sectors – especially industry, energy, and maintenance. In Morocco, the programme has recently provided job training to nearly 1,000 young people, many of whom had previously dropped out of school.

 

ZEITZ Foundation, all female anti poaching ranch in Kenya

The Zeitz Foundation's mission is to create and support sustainable, ecological, and socially responsible projects to achieve long-term impacts through a holistic balance of conservation, community, culture, and commerce (the “4Cs”). It is currently setting up the first all-women anti-poaching and conservation ranger unit in East Africa, recruited from marginalised communities in Segera, Kenya.

 

Cape Winemakers‘ Equity Accelerator in South Africa 

Within the context of wealth inequality in South Africa’s wine industry, the equitable redistribution of resources and expertise will be fostered, thereby increasing the number of black wine producers in the industry. A mentoring, training and resource-sharing facility will be setup to bring together established and emerging wine producers.

 

Cooperaxion in Liberia

The plastic recycling project of Cooperaxion contributes to a suitable and sustainable waste management in Liberia. It works in cooperation with the local population of Monrovia creating jobs for young adults as well as income opportunities for community members.

 

elea Foundation – Smart Dukas Nairobi in Kenya

Vocational training in basic business skills for owners of small grocery stores in poor neighborhoods of Nairobi, with the goal of substantially improving the business position of small traditional shops (Dukas), securing the jobs of the shop owners and their families.

 

Opportunity in Ghana

The youth apprenticeship programme provides a three-year vocational training to socially and economically disadvantaged and vulnerable youth. The apprenticeships are offered in trades such as tailoring, hairdressing, catering, welding, carpentry, auto mechanics and electrics.

 

Partners for Possibility in South Africa

To address the problem of poorly equipped school principals in terms of skills and knowledge, they are supported through co-action and co-learning partnerships with business leaders, who bring their entrepreneurial thinking, their knowledge and skills about change leadership to the school.

 

Solafrica in Ethiopia

The goal is to develop and implement a comprehensive demand-driven training, coaching and mentoring programme in solar technology and entrepreneurship. Through this programme youths will be instructed in the installation, maintenance and selling of solar photovoltaic systems.

 

Solidar Suisse in Mozambique

Providing youths with vocational training in agricultural practices to become farmers in order to increase their chances of entering the labour market.

 

Swisso Kalmo in Somalia

Providing youths with vocational training in agricultural practices to become farmers in order to increase their chances of entering the labour market.

 

TSiBA Education in South Africa

Vocational training for youths with financial constraints and inferior or incomplete secondary education to become commercial employees.

 

Asia

 

elea Foundation – BagoSphere in the Philippines

Providing professional training as call centre agents to underprivileged youths, enabling them to secure jobs in the fast-growing call centre industry.

 

Smiling Gecko in Cambodia

Developing and implementing several new vocational training courses offering a wide array of employment opportunities in areas such as tourism or professional food service.

 

Swisscontact in Bangladesch

Fostering an understanding of health among the population and training young adults in a two-year programme to be skilled community paramedics, who are urgently needed in rural areas and can provide initial medical care.

 

WOMANITY in Afghanistan

Offering vocational training to young women as IT and data management specialists.

 

Zoological Society London in the Philippines

The project Net-Works is an award-winning initiative that redesigns global supply chains to restore coastal ecosystems, reduce marine plastic and improve the socio-ecological resilience of marginalised coastal communities.

 

Europe

 

Joblinge in Germany

To fight youth unemployment JOBLINGE supports disadvantaged young people and refugees in Germany to enter the job market by acquiring the necessary skills through a vocational training. By guiding and supporting the participants during the time of the vocational training this initiative strengthens lower-skilled youth in living a self-determined life.

 

LSE International Inequality Institute, UK

"The UK has seen major growth of economic inequality since the 1980s. This project examines the impact of interventions to restore a “local social contract” in poorer areas of the UK. These initiatives seek to reorganise the local economy, putting control back into the hands of local communities, so that wealth is broadly held, locally rooted, and recirculates."

 

Olim Beyahad in Israel

Addressing the lack of career opportunities, due to stereotypes and misconceptions, found within the Ethiopian-Israeli community by pairing university graduates with former local business leaders. With guidance and help from over 2000 influential volunteers and mentors, participants are given new leadership and employment opportunities that were previously unattainable.

 

The Ocean Cleanup - Valorisation

The Ocean Cleanup develops advanced technologies to rid the world’s oceans of plastic. It aims to make its clean-up efforts largely self-sustaining by ‘valorising’ the collected waste materials – i.e. turning them into something useful and valuable.

 

The Ocean Cleanup in the Pacific

Supporting young scientists in their research on an efficient recycling process of debris collected by advanced technologies to rid the oceans of plastic waste.

 

A Plastic Planet - United Kingdom

A movement to inspire the world to reduce and eliminate the use of plastics and to find alternatives to the use of plastics in our everyday lives by working together with supermarkets and plastic manufacturers – creating an open-source database for alternative materials that will be available in 2019.

 

Latin America

 

Inka Moss Peru

Andean communities in Peru living in extreme poverty have few sources of income to live from. Inka Moss opens new opportunities for them by training them to become moss harvesters and buying their harvest at fair prices. Rural families are gaining income and self-esteem.

 

Fundación Educación in Colombia, El Salvador, Guatemala and Peru

Providing support to talented, promising young people from low-income families to grant them the opportunity to study at a technical college or university to prepare for a career in the technical or information technology industry.­­

 

Fair Recycling in Brazil

Setting up a training course in recycling in order to enable underprivileged youths a future-oriented job opportunity, enabling them to overcome poverty.

 

Fight for Peace in Brazil

Addressing the high levels of youth unemployment in the ‘Maré’ favelas, vocational training opportunities are provided through technical courses, with a specific focus on personal development combined with practical job training and technical skills.

 

Sistema B in Chile

“Building bridges for the future” seeks to combat inequality in Chile. It links rural entrepreneurs from vulnerable communities with more privileged, local people and enterprises allowing bonding, networking and the learning of new aspects for their own businesses.

 

Art Awards in Switzerland

 

FANTOCHE – audience award for the best international film

Donating the audience award for the best international film at one of the world’s leading festivals for animated films.

 

Visarte –PRIX VISARTE

Creating a seal of approval that distinguishes outstanding works of art every two years in the field of art and construction, or in the field of art in public space.

 

Fotomuseum Winterthur – Post-Photography Prototyping Prize(P3)

Every two years, the art prize P3 is awarded in the field of post-photography. It aims at supporting artists, creative technologists, and researchers giving their attention to the transformation of photographic media.