A switch is needed from unsustainable to sustainable patterns of development. The SWITCH ASIA programme was born out of this need. The programme focuses on sustainable consumption and production (SCP) and directly contributes to sustainable growth and the fight against poverty.
Who can apply?
SWITCH will award grants to EU-Asia partnerships of non-profit making organisations interested in pursuing sustainable development, such as chambers of commerce, industrial and professional associations, regulatory bodies (regional and local authorities), research organisations and development agencies. These organisations must demonstrate an ability to reach out to large numbers of SMEs or consumer groups. Proposals where intermediaries such as business associations, industry associations, retailers, and chambers of commerce will play an active role in the partnerships are especially welcome.
Partnerships will have a minimum of two partners, one from each country group:
Europe: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom.
Asia: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, China (excluding Hong Kong, Macau, and Chinese Taipei), India, Indonesia, DPR Korea, Laos, Myanmar, Malaysia, Maldives, Mongolia, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Vietnam.
Organisations from Hong Kong, Macau, Chinese Taipei, Brunei Darussalam and Singapore can participate as associates.