Development cooperation

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How we define a meaningful development cooperations

All over the planet, people are facing immense challenges. In a globalised world, the main causes of poverty and violence are closely intertwined with our actions. terre des hommes schweiz stands for sustainable development based on partnerships and responsibility.

Our criteria for meaningful development cooperation


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Youth are the key to success

Today there are 1.8 billion people aged between 10 and 24. The work of terre des hommes schweiz revolves around marginalised youth, because the advancement of youth is crucial for overcoming the global challenges of today and tomorrow.

Why is supporting youth our misson


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The rights of young migrants

Migration is usually depicted as a threat or something negative. However migration is both a reality and a challenge that requires people to come together to find answers. Migration also involves great risks, particularly for children and youth. terre des hommes schweiz is opposed to racism and advocates the protection of young migrants.

Why is migration an important issue

The rights of children

Youth work to prevent violence against women and girls

Children and youth require special protection

Poverty, violence and growing inequality have a negative impact on the rights of young people. terre des hommes schweiz advocates for the protection of children’s rights worldwide. Our work revolves around the right to health and access to education. terre des hommes schweiz campaigns against all kinds of violence against children and youth.

Why the rights of children are important

Companies and human rights

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Immense power and very little sense of responsibility

Multinational companies have become key players in the global power structure. Corporate profits in sectors such as natural resources, the textile industry and agricultural chemistry exceed the amount of development aid that flows into countries where those companies base their operations. At the same time, the activities of multinationals are destroying the achievements of civil society.

Why companies have to bear responsibility