We work with the aim of creating development opportunities for vulnerable communities through the search, design, testing and scaling of solutions with social, economic, and environmental impact.

About Us

Since 2012 we have worked with the mission of improving the quality of life of the most vulnerable communities around the world and promoting their comprehensive development opportunities to fully develop.

We design, test, assess and scale social, economic and environmental development solutions that are efficient, innovative and based on scientific evidence, to optimize resources and maximize their impact. To achieve this goal, we work in partnership with different organizations and we provide methodologies, technical, human and economic resources.

Our Vision

We work for a world in which all people have the necessary resources, abilities and opportunities to fully develop.

Our Values

Our Method

We look for, promote and implement intervention models that we call solutions. These solutions that we develop are based on evidence and seek to be sustainable in the long-term. In order to do this, we combine rigorous research with a deep understanding of the causes and consequences addressed.

Our methodology has a participatory approach that involves all stakeholders to ensure comprehensive and effective solutions, which can be scalable and replicable.

Our Intervention Model

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We aim to contribute directly to the economic, social and environmental development of groups in vulnerable situations.
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We generate knowledge as a key tool for decision-making in each phase of our methodology.
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We try new ways of combining strategies, methodologies and resources to obtain outstanding results.
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We use a working methodology based on a repeated process that allows us to make dynamic and adaptive decisions.
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We work to promote the generation of structural changes addressing the different causes of the issues.
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We seek that the tested solutions have influence over the public, private and social agendas to multiply their scope and impact.
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We invest efficiently in order to mobilize, optimize and leverage available resources.
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We encourage meetings, dialogue and collaborative working with different stakeholders and sectors.

Method Stages

Selecting a challenge and making a diagnosis

We identify the issues and challenges to deal with, by ourselves or in collaboration with potential allies and partners. We make a diagnosis using a systemic and multidimensional approach, taking into account different information sources and the perspective of the people, communities or groups involved. This stage is the basis for defining the challenge, elaborating our change scenario and developing our working strategy.

Creating partnerships

We trace possible partners experienced in the field related to the selected challenge. After that, we analyze the potential of the initiative, as well as the compatibility and complementarity of the intervention methodologies to define whether the partnership is feasible. The specific information and knowledge from these partnerships nourish our initial diagnosis and foster the co-creation of innovative solutions.

Developing solutions

After a study of experiences, ideas, intervention models and solutions at local and international level to address the challenge, we select the ones that have proved to be more effective. We take into account their transformation capacity, scope, incidence, replicability and resources invested, and that allow us to test the change hypothesis. We use a repetitive and incremental process in collaboration with our partner organizations to co-design solutions which let us address the challenge in a comprehensive, innovative, efficient and sustainable way. We always consider the perspective and the potential of scalability. In this stage the elements of the solution are defined: its scope, target population, length, theory of change and intervention models. Also, we define the required investment, the work plan, monitoring and evaluation systems, and communication and systematization strategies.

Testing solutions

We implement the solutions on site, together with our partner organizations, in order to test the co-designed solutions. The goal is to collect evidence that validates the change hypothesis and accounts for the effectiveness, sustainability and consistency of the implemented solution.

Evaluating and systematizing

The evaluation of the processes, results and impact of the implementation allows us to identify the changes or transformations that can be attributed to the result of our intervention, considering the diagnosis, the goals set and the actions carried out to achieve them. The evaluation and systematization are fundamental to define if the implemented solutions can be scaled or replicated, or if they must be reshaped. In this way, we organize information and learning, to generate opportunities to improve our own solutions, as well as for new emerging challenges.

Rethinking solutions or promoting scalability

Based on the evaluation and systematization, we identify the degree of success of each implemented solution to define whether if it is strategic to promote its replicability or if it is necessary to rethink the intervention strategy. If the solutions are successful, we work to generate new partnerships and articulate with stakeholders from the public, private and/or civil society sectors, with the capacity to multiply the scope of the intervention and scale initiatives in the public sphere. If the solutions did not achieve the expected results, we share the learning and work on them again, to introduce the identified improvement opportunities, and retest their feasibility and success in the field.

Board

Fabian Burkart

President
After completing his studies in Basel, Lausanne and London, Fabian Burkart entered the legal profession, working for two years at Pestalozzi Gmür und Patry (now Pestalozzi Rechtsanwälte AG) in Zurich, during which time he was admitted to the bar. The experience he gained in this role motivated him to complete a post-graduate education (LL.M.) at London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) and write a dissertation on international sale of goods law, which he worked on while undertaking a three-year research assistant position at the Faculty of Law of the University of Basel under Prof. Ernst A. Kramer. In 2000, he joined the firm Gloor & Christ (now VISCHER AG), where he gained several years of experience in mergers and acquisitions, before training to become a civil law notary and being appointed as a notary for the canton of Basel-Stadt in 2005. In 2007, Fabian Burkart joined the law firm nigon as a partner.

Christoph Rumpf

Vice President
Experienced with a demonstrated history of working in the financial services industry. Skilled in Financial Services, Accounting, Tax and Internal Audit. Private Equity Investor, Consultant and Board member/Part-time CFO. Strong business development professional graduated from University of applied science and economics Basel. Member of various NGO.

Marc Hoffmann

Member and Representative of Alimentaris Foundation Switzerland in Argentina
Founding Partner of Hoffmann & Partner, and responsible for governance, strategy and business development. Many years of expertise in corporate finance in the pharmaceutical industry. He began his career in 1997 as a trainee at Novartis in Argentina. His roles included CFO of the Consumer Health Division, where he was responsible for the financial management of subsidiaries in Argentina, Chile and Uruguay. His final position was as Head of Business Planning and Analysis in the company’s pharmaceutical sector and as Member of the Executive Committee of Novartis Argentina. He has worked as an independent entrepreneur since 2003. He completed his economics degree in Basel in 1996 specialising in international economics. Between 2005 and 2008 he attended the master’s programmes in international politics at the Torcuato Di Tella University in Buenos Aires and in agribusiness at the School of Agriculture at the University of Buenos Aires, before returning to the financial sector with Hoffmann & Partner. Member and Representative of Alimentaris.

Karina Bentivoglio

Member and Representative of Alimentaris Foundation Switzerland in Argentina
President and Founder of Alimentaris Argentina since 2012. After earning her degree in Nutrition from the University of Buenos Aires in 1992, she gained valuable experience in both the public and private health sectors. Additionally, she served as a teacher at the University of Buenos Aires for several years and later became the Director of the Bachelor's Degree Program in Nutrition at UAI - Universidad Abierta Interamericana. Before venturing into the social sector, Karina also held positions in the pharmaceutical industry at Novartis, initially as Scientific Manager and later as Business Unit Manager in the field of Nutrition.

Activities

Since 2012, we have been dedicated to our mission of creating a better world for all individuals.

With Alimentaris Argentina, we strive to ensure that all people have access to the essential resources, abilities, and opportunities required for their complete development.

By collaborating with local communities, organizations, and stakeholders, we aim to make
a lasting and positive impact on the lives of all individuals.