Swisscontact implements the Regional Investment Support for Entrepreneurs (RISE) Platform funded by USAID. RISE aims to create impact for the base of the pyramid in Southeast Asia through providing inclusive and sustainable support to small and medium enterprises with high potential for positive social, economic, and environmental impact. RISE support includes technical assistance for growth-oriented companies who are current or potential investees of RISE investor partners. RISE currently works in Cambodia, Indonesia, the Philippines, and Vietnam and later plans to expand to Laos PDR and Myanmar. RISE priority sectors include agriculture, digital platforms and solutions, energy, health, and water and sanitation.
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 universities. It is exclusively involved in international development, active in more than 100 programmes in some 36 countries. Swisscontact has been working in South-East Asia for more than 30 year.