Empowering Changemakers

About OneAction

OneAction was born in December 2011 as an independent, apolitical and non-profit association based in Geneva, Switzerland.



OneAction aims for a more united and conscious world. Seeing one's potential for sustainable change, OneAction aspires to encourage the transition from intention to action, accompanying individuals and communities in the process of creating or developing empowerment projects. In doing so, our intention is to instigate a society built on respect, dignity, dialogue, creativity and mutual aid.



OneAction works with individuals, communities and organizations looking to work towards a more sustainable world. By sharing its expertise and experience, OneAction amplifies the impact of its partners and strengthens their capacity to act: we accompany these actors on the journey to self-sufficiency and sustainable change. In collaboration with our partners, we develop projects with strong social and environmental impacts, while providing self-financing mechanisms that guarantee sustainability. OneAction primarily focuses on education, training, sustainable agriculture, reforestation, renewable energies and social entrepreneurship. Our current efforts are concentrated in regions where we benefit from a well-established network of contacts and an excellent knowledge of the socio-cultural, political and environmental context, namely Switzerland, South America and Asia.



OneAction Statutes



OneAction works with 5 key values and makes sure to translate them both at headquarters and in the field:

For OneAction, altruism is reflected at headquarters and in our projects by a spirit geared towards benevolent action and a strong sense of commitment.
Integrity implies for OneAction to constantly seek coherence and reliability in the conduct of its activities.
OneAction considers both notions of empowerment and self-sufficiency as a foundation for the sustainability of its actions.
OneAction seeks to promote a spirit of unity. Because the multiple causes of today's global challenges are interdependent, OneAction favours a holistic approach, without limiting its actions to a particular sector or region.
OneAction sees the development and conduct of its projects through co-creativity, always sharing with all stakeholders. It maintains strong interactions with its partners and seeks to invariably work with joy.


Annual reports



OneAction in numbers

  • OneAction has 8 years of activity.
  • It has 7 members within the Operational team, 4 members on the Executive board, 4 Advisory board members, a Local coordinator for each project, and many volunteers at headquarters and abroad.
  • OneAction manages 15 projects in 7 countries and 4 continents.
  • It counts with an annual budget higher than 1'000’000 CHF.
  • OneAction is financed by donations from foundations and associations (41%), individuals (27%), public entities (5%), companies (8%); fundraising events (10%); social entrepreneurship projects (8%), and membership fees (1%).
  • OneAction has won 3 awards and honours.


Our partners

A future of children in Bodhgaya society, Albatros Foundation, Aletheia Foundation, Association SER, Cambodian Rural Development Team (CRDT), Covalence Foundation, Credit Suisse Foundation, Drittes Millenium Stiftung, Fonds de soutien Migros, Green Leaves Education Foundation, Gyan Niketan Charitable Trust, The Institute of Research, Education and Public Promotion of Ecuador (INEPE), Institut Robin des Bois, Jean-Luc Lagadère Foundation (under the aegis of Fondation de France), Karuna-Shechen, Leopold Bachmann Foundation, Mastepe Stiftung, NAK-Humanitas Foundation, Oak Foundation, Pro Victimis, Sadhana Forest, Samarpan Foundation, Swiss Red Cross, Vitalideas.
Ayurvedic centre Purusha, Baker Tilly Spiess, Banque du Léman, BrieF’R Formations, CanopyCo, Carrosserie Salvatore Pelleriti, Cercle des Bains, Chocolats du Monde, le Comptoir Immobilier, DigiDNA, Ecosapin, l'Effet Papillon, Ernst & Young, Expedismart, Hindi Bazaar, La Mie Câline, Oberson Abels, Olé Olé, the Pictet Group, Quaero Capital, les Sœurs Boa and other anonymous businesses.
The Communes of Bernex, Collonge-Bellerive, Confignon, Meyrin, Plan-les-Ouates and Vandœuvres, the City of Geneva, the Community Centre of Eaux-Vives, the Embassy of Switzerland in India, the Geneva Welcome Centre (CAGI), the Republic and Canton of Geneva.
British School of The Hague, Champittet College, École Eden, École Moderne, École Moser, Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Gyan Niketan School, INEPE, Institut Florimont, International School of Geneva, La Côte International School, University of Lausanne.
We are audited by Grant Thornton Spiess SA, which generously offers its services pro bono.