Helvetas, founded in 1955, is the largest Swiss-based and a leading European development non
governmental organization. We work in developing, emerging and transition countries in Africa, Asia,
Latin America and Eastern Europe, partnering with poor and disadvantaged people to improve their
livelihoods, strengthen local actors and create an institutional framework conducive to sustainable
development. Helvetas has been operating in Vietnam since 1994 in the areas of agriculture, forestry,
governance, water and sanitation, and rural development.
Helvetas Vietnam, in a consortium with WWF, IUCN and Fauna and Flora International (FFI), were
recently selected to implement USAID’s Vietnam Biodiversity Activity, a five-year project covering five
provinces of central Vietnam. Helvetas Vietnam has the overall responsibility for the conservation
friendly enterprise development component, targeting forest-dependent communities bordering
national parks in Quang Binh, Quang Tri, Thua Thien Hue, Quang Nam and Lam Dong provinces.