Swisscontact Cambodia (SC) implements the Regional Investment Support for Entrepreneurs (RISE) project funded by USAID. RISE aims to increase growth rates and resiliency of SMEs operating in the ASEAN region, specifically Cambodia, Laos PDR, Myanmar, Indonesia, the Philippines, and Vietnam. Priority sectors include agriculture, energy, water and sanitation.
RISE includes the Inclusive Technical Assistance Facility (ITAF) which operates in close collaboration with impact investors and investment funds to develop SMEs that have the potential to achieve scalable impact, addressing challenges faced by base-of-pyramid populations. The objective of ITAF is to make it possible for SMEs in the ASEAN region who receive impact investments funds to access technical assistance when they need it and pay for it at a pre-determined time in the future when the business has grown, and cash flow improved.
Swisscontact has been operating in the Mekong region since January 2013 and currently implements projects in Laos, Cambodia and Myanmar. SC has been active in Cambodia since 2014. The work of SC Cambodia involves a focus on SME Promotion, Skills Development, Financial Services and Resource Efficiency, all through partnership with the private sector.
Globally, Swisscontact – the Swiss Foundation for Technical Cooperation – is an independent, non-profit foundation based in Zürich, founded in 1959 by leading figures from the Swiss private sector and Swiss universities. It is exclusively involved in international development, active in more than 33 countries with 110 programmes with more than 1,000 staff members.