For its international programmes, Helvetas’ mission is:
to collaborate in a participatory manner with and for the benefit of the poor and underprivileged society groups in the poor regions of development and transition countries;
to further promote the exchange of knowledge and experiences between Switzerland and the partner countries as well as among the partner countries;
to strengthen local structures and sustainable development and to promote human rights;
to develop suitable measures that prevent or mitigate violent conflicts and contribute to mutually agreed and sustainable resolutions.
For its engagement in Switzerland, Helvetas’ mission is:
to sensitise the people in Switzerland towards the situation in the development and transformation countries and to encourage them to contribute to the improvement of the living conditions of the people in these countries;
to generate the resources required for fulfilling the Helvetas mandate abroad and in Switzerland.