The Carp Valley

Project completed

The project contributes to economic and social development of the Carp Valley, motivates the local communities to become involved in the development of entrepreneurship and taking advantage from the local potentials and resources.

Country/region Topic Period Budget
Promoting economic growth and improving working conditions
Regional development and employment
01.09.2011 - 31.03.2017
CHF  3’623’321

Note: the texts under all the headings, with the exception of 'Results achieved', describe the situation before the start of the project.


The Carp Valley is characterized by high unemployment rate, comparative low level of education of inhabitants, high percentage of long-term unemployment, lack of agricultural processing plants, insufficient development of tourism, weak tourism offer, low profitability of agriculture production and poor employment opportunities for youth. The present economic crisis has accentuated the already critical economic situation.


The programme will stimulate the economic development in the Carp Valley. Existing activities and local potentials (for instance fish farming) will be developped and expanded. New jobs outside the farming sector and secure alternative sources of income for rural people will be created. Tourism offer in the Carp Valley will be improved in order to generate income and economic perspectives for the young generation.

Target groups

Entrepreneurs, youth, unemployed people


The project will finance: (i): Activities supporting local development - Financing schemes; (ii): Construction of a Vocational Development Centre and educational activities targeting unemployed, entrepreneurs, and young; (iii): Promotional activities for the region and local products, services and tourism offer


Achieved results:  

  • Vocational Development Center established
  • Internship programme established; in total 256 internships took place
  • Around 4’000 high school students obtained vocational counselling
  • 22 start-ups and 40 SMEs supported through grant scheme
  • Around 1’600 companies benefitted from business counselling and trainings
  • 103 new jobs created through the programme
  • Programme contributed to the socio-economic development of the region

Directorate/federal office responsible SDC
Credit area Swiss Contribution to the enlarged EU
Project partners Contract partner
Foreign state institution
  • National State Institute North

Budget Current phase Swiss budget CHF    3’623’321 Swiss disbursement to date CHF    3’532’382
Project phases

Phase 1 01.09.2011 - 31.03.2017   (Completed)