Olof Palme International Center

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The Olof Palme International Center "works with international development co-operation and the forming of public opinion surrounding international political and security issues.

"The Palme Center was established in 1992 by the Swedish Social Democratic Party, the Trade Union Confederation (LO) and the Cooperative Union (KF). Today the Palme Center has 28 member organizations within the labour movement...

"The centre's board is chaired by Lena Hjelm-Wallen, former foreign minister of Sweden. Viola Furubjelke is the centre's Secretary General, and Sanna Johnson is head of development aid. There are 13 members of the board, representing member organisations...

"The Palme Center and its member organizations are involved in approximately 450 international development projects a year. These range from civic education and organisational structure, to human rights and reconciliation projects.

"The centre has a framework agreement with the Swedish International Development Co-operation Agency (SIDA), which finances the international development projects of the member organisations. Most projects are carried out directly by the member organisations, which together with their local co-operation partners are responsible for project planning, initiation and evaluation. This helps to create very strong local ties. The centre carries out relatively few international development projects on its own, except in the Balkans.

"The centre also administers the International Solidarity Fund (the I-Fund), which is the labour movement's fund for international solidarity and development co-operation. All money collected by the I-Fund is used exclusively to support trade union and political development work." [1]

It is a member organisation of SOLIDAR.

According to their website: "Promoting democracy is central to the Palme Center’s programme." [2]


Web: http://www.palmecenter.org

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