Our work follows Austrian and international objectives of development cooperation and humanitarian aid. We are involved in the battle against poverty and hunger. We provide emergency relief and reconstruction assistance following wars and natural disasters. We are committed to better health for humankind. create educational opportunities and support rural development. Particular attention is turned to help children in need and to provide assistance to people with special needs.
Our assistance is meant to have a sustainable and long-term impact. Sustainability means to equitably implement and ensure sociocultural, ecological and economic targets. In order to guarantee the long-term effectiveness of our aid programs, we thoroughly involve our local partner organizations in the conception, organization and realization of projects. Once our projects and programs are finalized the local population should be enabled to continue with their own initiative and to reach self-determination.
Economic development is a basic prerequisite for the lasting reduction of poverty and therefore an essential foundation for sustainable development. HWA wants to help strengthen economic development and develop modern economic structures in its partner countries. It is important to us to incorporate Austrian and European companies into our projects and to support the business initiatives of companies committed to social and ecological values through confidence-building measures. Furthermore, we support companies in the implementation of CSR initiatives and welcome their social responsibility as an important step toward a holistic sustainability concept.
Development cooperation and assistance to Eastern Europe are also a way to get to know Austria. We also want to familiarize Austrians with the living conditions in our partner countries and establish contacts between people in our partner countries and Austria. Through our activities we want to help boost the image of Austria and Europe in the rest of the world.
We respect the culture, history, structures, traditions and customs of the communities and countries where we are active. We provide help for all people regardless of their ethnicity, heritage, gender or their religion. The bases of our projects are the concerns and goals of local people. Thus, the planning and realization of our projects always takes place in conjunction with the beneficiaries and our partners.
Competent aid that gets there
We guarantee high standards of professionalism with the measures we carry out, competent project management and efficient operation. We are committed to our beneficiaries as well as our sponsors. In order to ensure the optimal implementation of resources, our projects are subject to strict criteria and controls as well as national and international guidelines for development cooperation and humanitarian aid.
Motivated and responsible employees
Motivated employees are the key to Hilfswerk Austria International’s success. For this reason professionalism, continuous professional and personal training as well as social competence are encouraged at HWA.
Our employees possess a considerable degree of personal responsibility.
HWA has launched its activities in Tunisia to position as a leading non-profit organisation focusing on fighting unemployment through skills development, capacity building, inclusive business development as well as community development of vulnerable groups with special emphasis on women and youth.
A solid track-record has been developed since 2012 through a flagship program labeled “Skills to Succeed (STS)”, which is a community development program currently fully funded by OMV and implemented by Hilfswerk Austria International in Tataouine, one of the poorest governorates and marginalized areas in south of Tunisia.
The program started in October 2012 and is showcased through vocational training, economic development initiatives and civil society capacity building programs aiming to boost employability and income generation through targeted training and business/economic development platforms.
Starting March 2017, HWA in partnership with OSF( the Open Society Foundation) has launched the RAED projects. RAED is is a community development program that aims at increasing income and job creation opportunities within selected value chains in Tataouine, Medenine and Kebili’s economic sectors by recommending ways to raising the efficiency of input, production, processing and marketing businesses.
Moreover, the programing aims at strengthening the business and governance skills of existing small businesses, business support organizations and economic development.
The program will be reaching out to :
300 Beneficiaries and granting financial support to 68 entrepreneurs, hence creating 140 sustainable jobs .
Hilfswerk Austria International won a tender launched by OMV (Oil& Gas company) to implement a CSR program in Tataouine .
Pilot Phase 2013- 2014: Kick off of “Skills to Succeed Program” : Phase one: Pilot Phase Total budget 3.M Euros . The focus was on Vocational Training and linking VET graduates with the job market .
Upscale the scope of the program and focus on VET and entrepreneurship and self-employment with a paramount focus on sustainability and post creation mentorship .
(1st half): 2nd Phase of the program Additional budget of 3M.Euros from OMV Keep the same scope and reach out to more beneficiaries with a focus on creating sustainable jobs and stable revenues .
Sustainability of the Skills to succeed Program : The existing project team of the Skills to Succeed Program were prepared and coached to start a sustainable organization operating with international standards in the South of Tunisia.The birth of Skills to Succeed Organization ( June 2017) was a logical continuation of HWA’s
Launch the RAED initiative : Hilfswerk Austria International initiated a new program on entrepreneurship in the South and is currently being implemented in partnership with the Skills to Succeed Organization in its pilot phase in the governorates of Tataouine, Medenine and Kebili.
Looking for partnerships and synergies with national and international organisations operating in Tunisia .