Olof Palmes International Center was established in 1992 by KF, LO and Social Democrats to commemorate Olof Palme’s memory. At the same time, the International Center for Workers ‘Movement, the Workers’ Peace Forum and the I Fund at the Palm Center were incorporated. Our goal is to empower people to change their society and thus their own lives.
Almost all organizations within the Swedish labor movement are members of the Palm Center, such as ABF, LO and LO affiliates, Social Democrats, Young Eagle and Tenants Association. Together we have a unique competence and long practical experience of democracy development and poverty reduction in Sweden for more than 100 years. It provides the Palm Center with good opportunities to work for the purpose of Swedish development cooperation: “to help create the conditions for poor people to improve their living conditions”. The workforce’s major international network means we can collaborate with partners who share our values worldwide.
The business today
In 2016, the Palm Center began several longer Page-funded programs. A four-year target for civil society organizations and the special democratic government by party-linked organizations that last for three years. During the year, the Palm Center conducted over 200 projects together with member organizations and partner organizations in more than 30 countries. Organizations and actors from more countries than that are achieved through regional and thematic efforts.
In Asia , the Palm Center works primarily in Burma and the Philippines, focusing on strengthening the rights of workers, women, young and ethnic minorities.
In the Balkans , the overall theme is to strengthen unions in all countries. In Serbia, we also work with increased transparency, in Albania, by strengthening the position of women in politics and in public administration, and in Kosovo with increasing citizens’ influence.
In the Middle East and Northern Africa (MENA) , the Palm Center supports organizations working in, or with, Palestine, Syria, Turkey, Tunisia and Western Sahara. In Palestine, Palm Center is working with marginalized groups, especially young people and women. The purpose is to provide knowledge about rights and obligations, and to encourage an active role in contributing to change. The program consists of 15 projects, eight of which are carried out together with member organizations. Several thousand Palestinians have been reached, both in the West Bank and in Gaza, and brought together people in a country fragmented by occupation.
In Southern Africa we have partnerships in South Africa, Namibia and Zimbabwe. The focus is on strengthening the rights of workers, women and young people. Target groups receive the knowledge and tools of the Palm Center’s cooperation organization in order to claim their rights.
Activities in Sweden
Information and opinion formation is an important part of the Palm Center’s work. By participating in the media, publishing articles and films on our website and in social media, organizing seminars and publishing printed matter, we help to raise awareness about the situation in different countries. Our partners have a central role in communicating. They are the ones who can best describe their challenges and their work.
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Palm Center’s networking activities
The Palm Center is alone in being both a framework organization that supports support through the People Movement Project Framework (CSO) and a Party Organization (PAO). In Sweden, the Palm Center prioritises contacts with other framework organizations, not least the most closely related We Effect and Union to Union . Partial support attaches great importance to contacts with the six other party-linked organizations, many of which are part of part-time projects.
In Sweden, the Palm Center also participates in networks linked to peace and security issues, including the Swedish Nuclear Weapons Network and the Swedish OSCE Network . The Palm Center is also a member of the Global Portal , a website that collects articles and news about aid and world development, tips on activities, jobs and volunteer travel. The information comes from more than 50 Swedish nonprofit organizations, folk high schools and study associations.
At European level, the Palm Center is actively involved in several networks and organizations, including: the European Forum for Democracy and Solidarity (EFDS), the European Network of Political Foundations (ENOP), the Foundation for European Progressive Studies (FEPS), Concord and Solidar .
Do you want to support us or engage?
We are many who in various ways are committed to and support the Swedish labor movement’s solidarity work. But we need to be more. Learn how to contribute to the Palm Center Solidarity Fund and how to engage through your member organization and Palm Center.