SAD’s staff who are responsible for the vocational training project in Myanmar have good knowledge of how the burmese job market works.

But the young people who have been unsuccessfully applying for jobs, and the local organisations that are helping them look for jobs have even better knowledge.

That’s why SAD involves the people taking part in projects, local organisations, officials and donors, from planning to evaluation.

Cooperation with local partners

SAD works with local partners on an equal footing, encouraging participants in the project and local organisations to take responsibility. That way SAD guarantees the sustainability of its development work. When people affected and local NGOs or authorities participate in planning and implementation, they use existing structures and develop capacities and competencies that can be put to good use after the project has ended and without SAD’s input.

In its current projects, SAD is working with these organisations:


Involvement in networks

SAD is a member of various national and international development networks.

SAD belongs to the Permanent Consultative Council (PCC) of the UNESCO Intergovernmental Committee for Physical Education and Sport (CIGEPS). CIGEPS promotes the role and value of sport in society around the world. As a member of the PCC, SAD provides technical support and advice to the Committee regarding the implementation of activities.

In addition, the United Nations Economic and Social Council has granted SAD ECOSOC consultative status. This allows SAD to participate in and contribute to international conferences and events.

SAD is a member of the More than Sport Alliance, an alliance of Swiss-based Sport for Development and Peace (SDP) organizations, which work together to raise awareness and advocate for the use of sport for development around the world.

As a founding member of the working group ‘International Safeguarding Children in Sport’, SAD is an advocate for child protection in sport.

SAD is also a member of FICD, the Fédération Interjurassienne de Coopération et de Développement, an association that brings together organisations from the field of development cooperation based in the canton of Jura, in the Bernese Jura as well as French-speaking Biel.

In the area of education, SAD works closely with the Swiss Network for Education and International Cooperation (RECI). RECI is part of a global network that works internationally to promote high-quality education for everybody. As a member of RECI, SAD contributes expertise on monitoring and evaluation in education projects, as well as being active in managing the network.

SAD works with the International Labour Organization (ILO) on employment projects. SAD is part of Taqeem, an ILO Initiative that aims to reduce unemployment among young people in the Middle East and North Africa as effectively as possible.

SAD is also represented in the working group ‘Sport for Development for Children’, which was initiated by UNICEF and the Barça Foundation with the aim of building a global network to improve the lives of children worldwide through sport.

Furthermore, SAD is also a member of the following bodies: Centre for Peacebuilding (KOFF), Institute for Research on Management of Associations, Foundations and Co-operatives (VMI), proFonds and the Biel-Seeland chamber of commerce.


Former cooperations

In its completed projects, SAD worked with these organisations: