At a glance

Strengthening civil society - helping young people

The Horyzon Foundation's development cooperation focuses on strengthening civil society and helps people to build a dignified existence regardless of ethnic, religious or political affiliation, gender or social status.

Improving the situation of young people is crucial to reducing poverty worldwide. Horyzon is based on the UN Millennium Declaration: Five out of eight measurable Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) directly affect young people: education for all, gender equality and empowerment of women, improving maternal health, combating HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases and building a global development partnership.

Who Horyzon is

Horyzon is the Swiss development organisation for young people. It was founded in 1969 as a non-profit association and is based in Olten.
Since 1.1.2009 Horyzon is a foundation, which does not pursue any commercial goals, does not strive for profit and works in the context of the legal regulations of the federation and the canton.

The Horyzon Foundation and its partners work in a worldwide, interdisciplinary network of development cooperation organisations. This applies in particular to relief organizations in Switzerland and donor coordination.

Horyzon is part of the international YMCA/YWCA (Young Men's/Women's Christian Association).

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What Horyzon does

In 2019 Horyzon is working with a budget of 1.54 million CHF in 5 programmes/projects of national and local YMCA/YWCA in Asia, Latin America, Middle East and the Caribbean.
Horyzon is committed to improving the living conditions of young people and to education in the field of life practice. Project work invests mainly in vocational training and health education and supports young people in defending their rights.

How Horyzon works

Horyzon has the advantage of being able to cooperate in programmes and projects with national and local partner organisations whose employees have lived in the respective countries for generations and know the needs of the local population.
Horyzon meets the challenges of relevance and sustainability in development cooperation (DC) by clearly focusing its commitment and integrating competent volunteers into these processes.
Against this background, Horyzon acts flexibly and proactively with professional managers in developments in the environment. Expertise and experience in international youth work and development cooperation make Horyzon a recognized and reliable partner.

Where Horyzon works

Horyzon is currently involved in World-YWCA projects in Bangladesh, Haiti, Colombia and Palestine. In Switzerland, Horyzon raises awareness of the North-South issue through sensitisation work and facilitates intercultural encounters between young people.

Where the money comes from

Horyzon receives 35% of its income from the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC). Cantons, municipalities, parishes, foundations, private donations and the 2-hour runs co-organised by Horyzon contribute further donations.

How does Horyzon guarantee that the donations arrive where they should?

Horyzon has been awarded the ZEWO certificate. Horyzon received ISO 9001 recertification in 2017, and Horyzon's quality management system is streamlined and efficient, which guarantees careful and transparent handling of donations.
For international comparability and transparency, the accounting complies with the requirements of GAAP ARR 21.
Horyzon supports the partner organisations with professional monitoring, reporting, controlling and evaluations.

Horyzon's History

Horyzon, the Swiss development organisation for young people, was founded in 1969 and is based in Olten, Canton Solothurn. Horyzon is part of the International Christian Young People's Association (YMCA/YWCA). Since 1996 Horyzon was constituted as an independent association; since 1.1.2009 Horyzon is a foundation which does not pursue commercial goals, does not strive for profit and operates within the framework of the legal regulations of the federation and the canton. In 2019 Horyzon celebrates its 50th anniversary.

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