We believe that everyone deserves the chance to develop their full potential.

Through our work, we support local communities in overcoming poverty in a sustainable way and building a better future for themselves and their families. We support people regardless of their ethnic origin, religious or political beliefs or gender.

Local partnerships

ForAfrika was founded in Africa and by Africans. That is why our actions are based on partnership, holistic and long-term cooperation at eye level.

  • The ownership of the local population and the approval of the government are prerequisites for every project and ensure that we respond to the real needs of the people and create sustainable, African solutions.
  • In project implementation, we rely on local partnerships through the ForAfrika teams in the respective countries and on the expertise of the ForAfrika Group’s Global Support Team.
  • Through our regular monitoring and evaluation (M&E), we review the success and sustainability of all our projects.

Holistic development model

The CCDA (Complete Community Development Approach) ensures that we run programs that not only meet the immediate needs of individuals, but also bring about lasting change in the village community. The CCDA comprises four phases:

  1. Recognizing and meeting the urgent needs of a community
  2. Implementing projects and building the skills of the local population
  3. Project implementation handed over to the local village community
  4. Review achievement of objectives and offer support

Theory of Change (ToC)

We have set ourselves the goal of gradually and constructively leading entire communities in Africa to independence (see illustration). In the first phase, we are continuing to stabilize the situation through emergency aid, for example by providing food and emergency shelters. The second phase focuses on building the community and its infrastructure and strengthening its resilience. Measures such as the drilling of wells, the construction of sanitary facilities and the promotion of education through school feeding or our aid missions serve this purpose. Our efforts then flow into the final phase, in which we lead the communities to independence. This means that people should be able to provide for themselves and their families without our ongoing support. Agricultural projects and economic development measures play a crucial role in this.

The focus is on humanitarian emergency aid during and directly after natural disasters, conflicts or other crises. Human lives should be saved, provided with basic care and protected.

The focus is on improving the reconstruction of infrastructure and communities. Safety net programs are being implemented, a community approach is being promoted and the first means of securing livelihoods are being used.

The ultimate goal is the sustainable transformation of communities. Livelihoods are improved, the resilience of communities is ensured and the economy is promoted. All of this leads to self-sufficiency and a thriving Africa.

Sustainable Development Goals (SDG)

At the 2015 UN summit, the 17 Sustainable Development Goals were adopted as part of the 2030 Agenda. All 193 UN countries, including Switzerland, have committed to working together to achieve the goals by 2030.

As Switzerland ForAfrika, we support the global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) with our projects. Through our programs, we contribute directly or indirectly to achieving the following goals:

End poverty in all its forms and everywhere

End hunger, achieve food security and better nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture.

Ensure a healthy life for all people of all ages and promote their well-being

Ensure inclusive, equitable and quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all

Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls

Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all

Promote lasting, broad-based and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all

Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation

Reducing inequality within and between countries

Take immediate action to combat climate change and its effects

Strengthen means of implementation and breathe new life into the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development


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