The SSCN seeks to contribute to the region’s development by means of wide-ranging financial support focused on basic training and fundamental needs – not primarily on research and knowledge. Educational development projects promote key areas such as agriculture and tourism, while support is also given to projects in risk areas.
All projects are designed to develop potential and encourage independence. The support does not take the form of grants, and avoids leading to dependency.
Ethnic and national conflicts can be bitter throughout the region. In order to protect individuals and property and avoid superficial comparisons, therefore, only selected support projects are publicized. The safety of the people involved outweighs the justifiable requirement for maximum transparency in the foundation sector.
The programme has been outsourced by Gebert Rüf Stiftung and is operated as a fund (dependent foundation) of the Swiss umbrella foundation «Fondation des Fondateurs», in the same way as «Venture Kick». The foundation, which accepts funding from third parties, «aims to support transitional processes in the South Caucasus through initiating, supporting and implementing educational and development projects with practical applications».