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NILAM * is committed to people and regions of the Global South.

Its wealth of natural and cultural resources is increasingly endangered.

In Switzerland, the organisation is active with its own projects and events.

Here, NILAM promotes cultural exchange and international understanding as well as the concerns of migrants.

*nilam is the Tamil word for land, soil, earth, ground, field.



NILAM implements and supports projects based on the revival, mediation and application of indigenous knowledge resources.
These have been tested over centuries and have proven themselves to this day. They contribute significantly to the economic development.
In this way, the preservation of the identity and livelihood of the people NILAM is committed to is sustained.

NILAM strives to integrate this knowledge into the society of western countries as well.


Success cannot be measured by profit alone. At the same time, entrepreneurial thinking and action can help to generate societal changes. NILAM wants to make a decisive contribution to promoting sustainable social innovation and entrepreneurship – so that social enterprises are increasingly becoming an elementary economic factor.

At the end of the supply chain, ecologically and socially conscious consumers in Switzerland benefit from what NILAM is promoting in the initial phase.


Based on a holistic philosophy and participatory approach, NILAM supports initiatives and projects located in different thematic areas.

More on NILAM’S Concerns


HERE, you can regularly find stories from the field, news from our projects and happenings on the ground, as well as interesting reports on indigenous peoples, traditional knowledge resources, and various other related topics.

“The one who has been to India not with his eyes,

but with his soul,

will long to return back.”

Hermann Hesse

“There is no nation, from Egypt of the Pharaos to modern Britain,

in whose literature this island has not at some time been mentioned by one or other of its many names Lanka, Serendib, Taprobane, Cellao, Zellan, to

recall a few.”

D.J.G. Hennessy, Green Aisles, 1949

“Only contrasts teach you about the world.

He who does not know darkness, cannot recognise the light.”

From Japan

“The world is a dangerous place to live;

not because of the people who are evil,

but because of the people who don’t do anything about it.”

Albert Einstein

“To me the beauty of Ceylon lies not so much in its blue seas and golden beaches,

its jungles and its mountain peaks, as in its ancient atmosphere.

History lies buried in its sands, and ghosts of romance lurk among its bastioned rocks, for Lanka is very, very old.”

D.J.G. Hennessy, Green Aisles, 1949
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