About us

An exchange at eye level, mutual respect for each other and an honest interest in the realities on the ground are the strong fundaments of our collaboration with partner organisations that empower people to help themselves.

How does EcoSolidar work?

A long lasting positive change can only be achieved by empowering local communities in their autonomous actions. EcoSolidar only supports projects that are initiated by local people in their own organisations. These projects are sustainable because they have evolved out of a personal initiative. Often small steps are sufficient for a fundamental change and no expensive foreign consultants are necessary. This is why EcoSolidar also encourages and supports projects with small budgets and a high amount of self-help.

To us development is always strongly linked to a process of liberation and the redistribution of knowledge and power. That’s why solidarity and cooperation constitute key aspects of our work: by bringing people together that work on similar goals, we enable them to exchange their experiences and practical knowledge.

EcoSolidar and our partner organisations maintain a cooperation at eye level that takes into account the respective context of the partner. This is maintained through good and bad times, and we aim to respond to the initiative of the partners with openness and interest. In Switzerland structural changes are also absolutely necessary in order to improve the opportunities for people here as well as in Africa, Asia and Latin America. Just as everywhere marginalized social groups do exist and are excluded from social development. In this sense we at EcoSolidar can learn a lot from the experience and knowledge of the partner

Annual Report 2019

Annual Report PDF

Latest “INFO”

latest edition

Development concept

Position paper (German)

Contact

Tel.: +41 44 272 42 00
info@ecosolidar.ch

Team

Andre Affentranger – Geschäftsleiter EcoSolidar
"I consider it a privilege to work in partnership with so many different people in so many different places around the world. The fact that I can witness how they transform their own lives and those of others into something better even under the most difficult conditions is a great gift and motivates me anew every day."

ANDRÉ
AFFENTRANGER

Director

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Christine Gerber – Information, Finanzen und Administration
The relationships with the people in the projects, with business partners in Switzerland and in the team at EcoSolidar are characterised by mutual respect, trust and a positive attitude to differences. I consider these criteria to be decisive for the success of our work. I can learn a lot from all these relationships, get fully involved and make friends in the most diverse places in the world. It is a privilege that I am very happy about and which motivates me for my work.

CHRISTINE
GERBER

Information, Finances und Administration

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Xenia Keller – Projekte und Kommunikation
Having worked in large development cooperation institutions, I particularly appreciate the close and direct contact with the people in our projects. I can fully identify with the way EcoSolidar works and with its attitude. Our partners are impressive people. Their commitment and their views on life inspire and motivate me a lot.

XENIA
KELLER

Projects und Communikation

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NATALJA Burkhardt – Praktikantin
As an intern, I habe been convinced from day one by the basic values that are lived at EcoSolidar: respect, cooperation at eye level and close exchange with the partners. How strongly these convictions shape our small team and our work can be seen in the office every day. It is particularly important to me that all the projects are implemented out of their own conviction by the people concerned and that ideas are never imposed from outside and no rigid framework is set.

NATALJA
BURKHARDT

Internship

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Project Partners

HENDERSON CHILIZA – Projektpartner Malawi
We promote organic farming so poor families can learn about low cost methods of farming and improve their living standard.

HENDERSON
CHILIZA

Director LOMADEF, Malawi

Project
GEORGE CHIMPIKO – Projektpartner Malawi
I was born with a clubfoot and can understand the difficulties of people with a walking disability very well. That is why I, as managing director of KODO, concentrate on this target group. I am very happy that we can contribute to their food security. This fulfils my dream of supporting people with a walking disability

GEORGE
CHIMPIKO

Director KODO, Malawi

Project
ENOCK DLAMINI – Projektpartner Eswatini
ACAT Swaziland promotes a greener and healthier basis of life for small farmers in Swaziland

ENOCK
DLAMINI

Director ACAT, Eswatini

Project
CHRISTINE APPENZELLER – Projektpartner Peru
Since 1980 Pukllasunchis has cultivated human values, encouraged the equality of all human beings and promoted diversity as an enrichment for everybody.

CHRISTINE
APPENZELLER

Director PUKLLASUNCHIS, Peru

Project
Vandong Thorn – Projektpartner Kambodscha
BSDA has been successful at developing strong and positive relationships with the communities where we work. Our mission is to work together to empower vulnerable people, promote compassionate engagement and enhance the quality of life, especially for women, children and youth, through education, health and livelihood development initiatives.

Vandong
Thorn

Director BSDA, Kambodscha

Project
Andrea Paltzer
I started XtraOrdinary Women because I saw a way to provide a community with the tools to lift themselves out of poverty. I believe that small businesses and social enterprise charities can offer communities a lasting solution to problems they have come across such as lack of education and a lack of employment opportunities

Andrea
Paltzer

Director Xtra Ordinary Women, Nicaragua

Project
Roland Spendlingwimmer – Projektpartner Costa Rica
For me Circus is a philosophy of life strongly linked to aesthetic and ethical values. The experience of solidarity, freedom and tenderness as well as the total absorption in the artistic performance are all elements that help to develop a self-confident, emancipated and open-minded personality.

Roland
Spendlingwimmer

Director Vida Nueva, Costa Rica

Project
SIEDS Kollektiv – Projektpartner Indien
ne of the basic principles underlying the community work is the belief that a woman has the right and ability to make decisions about her life; our role is to facilitate this decision-making process.

SIEDS
Collektive

India

Project
Julio Cusurichi – Projektpartner Peru
The main objective of FENAMAD is the defense of the rights of indigenous people to self-determination, territory and cultural identity. For us it is a priority to include the young indigenous people of our communities in our activities since its them who inherit our history and on whom the future of our peoples depends.

Julio
Cusurichi

Director FENAMED, Peru

Project
Neth Prak – Projektpartner Kambodscha
As a grassroots civil society organization created by the Bunong themselves, we have the mission to strengthen the self-help capacity of the Bunong people to solve the pressing land conflicts, enhance the sustainability of their livelihoods and to improve access to education for the Bunong youth. It is one of our strengths that our team, consisting of Bunong people, shares the everyday life of affected communities. That is why we gain knowledge of their needs and together with them we find ways to support them best.

Neth
Prak

Director BIPA, Kambodscha

Project
Thomas Ngwira – Projektpartner Malawi
I personally love working with rural communities, particularly with women and children, in solving problems related to food security, nutrition and environment. I have learnt that investing in women benefits everyone in a household as they are directly responsible for the family welfare and that children keep what they learn and the knowledge benefit is long term.

Thomas
Ngwira

Director ASUD, Malawi

Project
Sandra Tabita Lozano Rodriguez – Projektpartner Peru
Our aim is for women, children and young people to be able to strengthen and develop their human and entrepreneurial skills under dignified conditions. To this end, we create and promote space for self-help. We want to contribute to the construction of a just, solidarity-based, non-violent and healthy society in coexistence with its environment

Sandra Tabita
Lozano Rodriguez

Project Coordinator, IDEMNNA, Peru

Project

ECOSOLIDAR IS AN ASSOCIATION – JOIN US NOW!

EcoSolidar, founded in 1986, is a non-profit organisation with 2000 members and over 16,500 donors. EcoSolidar is supported by cantons, cities, municipalities, foundations, parishes, companies and third world shops. The board members include experts in the area of projects and evaluation, human resources, finances, advertisement and communication, law, politics and psychology.

The INFO informs about the projects of EcoSolidar on a regular basis. In March the annual report and the annual financial statement is published. Thereby the project work and the use of the donations is publically reported. The board members control and decide on running projects. An independent trust agency controls the financial statement and the ZEWO (Swiss monitoring agency for charitable fundraising) gives EcoSolidar accreditation in the form of a seal of quality.

EcoSolidar also establishes networks in Switzerland in order to allow for a knowledge transfer with the partner organisations in the south. If need be EcoSolidar will collaborate with other Swiss organisations.

You will find the statutes of the association here.

PRESIDENT
Guido Ehrler
VICE PRESIDENT
Emilio Modena
CASHIER
Marie-Therese Fasser (Compliance Officer)
ACTUARY & COMMUNICATION
Ariane Lang
FURTHER BOARD MEMBERS
Diether Grünenfelder (Gründer und ehemaliger Geschäftsleiter. Also board member of fair-fish.)
Christa Sulser
Isabella Augustin-Hitz