Helvetas’ vision is a just world in which all men and women determine the course of their lives in dignity and security, using environmental resources in a sustainable manner, in other words, a world that lives up to the 2030 Agenda. In order to contribute to relevant change processes, Helvetas combines three interrelated intervention mechanisms: implementing development programs, providing thematic advice, and engaging in advocacy and policy dialogue.
With its set of five interrelated and mutually reinforcing thematic working areas (water & infrastructure, skills development & education, governance & peace, rural economy, environment & climate change), Helvetas refers to major areas of the 2030 Agenda. It addresses both the rights and needs of poor and disadvantaged women and men, along with some of today’s major global risks and development opportunities.
Among other thematic interlinkages, the 2030 Agenda recognizes the centrality of governance and conflict transformation in advancing political, social and economic development. Helvetas understands this as both an affirmation and an opportunity to strengthen its work at the interface between citizen and state, to promote the establishment of responsive and accountable government structures and to enable citizens to participate in political decision-making processes and oversight of government functions.
“Governance & Peace” contributes to the development of democratic governance policies, systems and processes that improve the availability, accessibility, quality and affordability of gender responsive services for people living in poverty. In parallel, Helvetas engages in the prevention of violent conflicts and supports local actors in working out of fragility. It promotes conflict sensitivity with its partners, and implements projects that directly address the drivers of violent conflicts and contribute to the mitigation and de-escalation of conflicts. In addition, governance and conflict transformation are promoted as transversal topics by strengthening synergies and linkages within and across working areas. By doing so, this working area touches many goals of the 2030 Agenda, especially goal 16 “peace, justice and strong institutions”.