Programs and Projects

For more than 25 years, the Jacobs Foundation has enjoyed a reputation as a funder in the field of child and youth development. We support actors and institutions engaged in research and practical work in a wide variety of ways. And, in certain selected programs, we are taking on conceptual and operational responsibilities.

In funding academic research, we work together closely with established institutions. Hence, with the Jacobs Center For Productive Youth Development at the University of Zurich, we have been able to set up an internationally renowned and interdisciplinary research center over the long term that is devoted to key aspects of child and youth development. In Switzerland, we implement together with partners from the public authorities at local, cantonal and national level, our own nationwide programs in the field of early childhood education or in context of collaboration of educational actors in and outside school. Our own representative “Juvenir” study series has addressed topics affecting young people in Switzerland.

In moving forward from a purely funding oriented foundation to one that is also operationally active, we can rely on overview skills and specific expertise that we have acquired in the course of our many years’ work. In the course of our activities, we deduce key issues and needs of society and endeavor, together with our partners, to find innovative approaches that will have a sustainable impact.

Our programs

Primokiz2

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The early years of childhood are crucial for the whole life. Therefore, effective individual measures and provisions in early childhood need to be of high quality, strategically coordinated, optimally interlinked, and should enjoy sound political support. Otherwise this has consequences not only for the individual child, but for the society as a whole. It is for this reason, that for years the Jacobs Foundation supports interconnected early childhood education and care programs and now launches Primokiz2 More

TRECC – Sustainability through strengthening education in Ivory Coast

TRECC – Sustainability through strengthening education in Ivory Coast

Despite accounting for almost 40% of global cocoa production, Ivory Coast’s smallholder cocoa farmers subsist on less than USD 0.5/day, which is considerably below the poverty line of USD 2/day. This high level of poverty is compounded by very low literacy and school attendance rates nationwide, gender inequality and child labor, particularly in rural areas. More

Fortalezas – Youth integration into the labor market

Fortalezas – Youth integration into the labor market

The Fortalezas program, a joint initiative by the Jacobs Foundation and Fundación SES, aims at improving the integration of disadvantaged youth into the labor market in Argentina, Brazil and Colombia. More

Primokiz

Primokiz

It is meanwhile undisputed that early childhood years set the course on key counts for the further development of cognitive and social skills. In many locations in Switzerland there are already a variety of effective individual measures in place for providing early support to children and strengthening parenting skills. More

QualiKita – quality label for Swiss childcare centers

QualiKita – quality label for Swiss childcare centers

In Switzerland, prior to starting school, an increasing number of children attend a childcare center or other facility outside the family at an ever earlier age and for an increasingly long period of time. It is thus important to ensure that sufficient facilities are available. More

Educational Landscapes

Educational Landscapes

Swiss society is becoming increasingly heterogeneous, not least because of immigration – which makes it ever more challenging to ensure equal educational opportunities for all. Extracurricular education will play an increasingly important role in this context. More

JUVENIR

JUVENIR

Juvenir is a representative series of studies by the Jacobs Foundation that address topics affecting young people in Switzerland. What sets these four studies apart: Rather than talking about young people, Juvenir talks with them – and they are the ones who identify the topics that are important for them. More

Jacobs Center Bremen

Jacobs Center Bremen

The Jacobs Center for Lifelong Learning and Institutional Development, located at Jacobs University in Bremen, studies the phenomena of declining birthrates and increases in life expectancy. It seeks innovative ways of adapting job, learning and life structures in keeping with this trend. More

Jacobs Center Zurich

Jacobs Center Zurich

The Jacobs Center for Productive Youth Development at the University of Zurich studies the crucial transitions from childhood to adolescence and adulthood. Examining the vocational and social demands associated with those transitions, it seeks to understand how young people might be better able to meet those demands. More

Our joint projects

The Youth Development Project in Uganda

The Youth Development Project in Uganda

The Jacobs Foundation launched its Livelihoods program in Africa in 2012 with the aim of improving the living conditions of smallholders and their families, particularly children and youth. More

The Djigui project: Access to non-formal education in Burkina Faso

The Djigui project: Access to non-formal education in Burkina Faso

The Djigui (= hope) project is intended for young people between the ages of 9 and 20 who have attended school for only a few years, if at all. More