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Curious about sustainable development, and how to make economics work for the people?

Education and Training Unit for Democracy and Development provides training in Southern Africa to help bring about greater equality, social justice and access to rights and information.

Now you can also take part of some of ETU’s trainings online, at your own pace.

To learn more about environment and climate, have a look at this course:

Sustainable development

The course looks at sustainable development in an unequal world and the effects of climate change on our biodiversity. We will also cover topics such as water management, food security and access to greener energy and transport. Lastly, we will look at the effects of urbanisation on the sustainable development goals. (5 hours total)

If you want to know more about economics, this course might be for you:

Inclusive economic development

This course teaches basic economics and targets progressive activists, policy-makers and politicians who have not studied economics. It focuses on understanding economic terms, broad theories, economic history, inequality and global relations, trade, globalisation and possibilities for inclusive and more equal economic development. (10 hours total)

Find both courses at the ETU site

They are also listed under Method materials.

Advanced training of trainers: Building alliances on Just Transition

The Olof Palme International Center and SOLIDAR are inviting change-makers to take part in a three-part training of trainers, that focuses on how to build alliances, develop policies and do advocacy for Just Transition. The training is global and will give you opportunities to exchange with other activists from around the world.

The training will take place during three half days, with some time apart: Feb 1st, 9th and 15th 2023. The sessions will be held from about 8.30 am-12.30 pm CET so that people can join in from several continents.

Read more and apply on the link below! The application is open until the 30th of January 2023.

To the training

Convocatoria de propuestas: Capacitaciones de Transición Justa en América Latina

Organizando la Solidaridad Internacional – Convocatoria de propuestas para Subvenciones en Cascada 2023

Plazo para presentar la propuesta:

23 DE ENERO DE 2023, 24h00 hora de Bruselas

SOLIDAR está lanzando una convocatoria de propuestas como parte de su programa Organizando la Solidaridad Internacional (OSI), financiado por la Unión Europea (UE). Este mecanismo tiene como objetivo reforzar las acciones conjuntas de incidencia de Organizaciones de la Sociedad Civil (OSC) locales, miembros y contrapartes de SOLIDAR que contribuyan al avance de los Derechos Económicos y Sociales, promoviendo una Transición Justa y defendiendo y habilitando espacios para las OSC en línea con la Agenda 2030 para el Desarrollo Sostenible.

Las acciones propuestas deben llevarse a cabo y ser lideradas por organizaciones activas en los siguientes países:

La Subvención en cascada incluye un lote: Lote 3: Acciones Temáticas, 3.1: Acción regional sobre Transición Justa

Presupuesto total

10.000 EUR (SOLIDAR puede cubrir el 85%, 15% a ser cofinanciado por el solicitante)


Cómo aplicar

Puede enviar su propuesta por correo electrónico a cajsa.unnbom@palmecenter.se en español. Encontrará el paquete de solicitud completo a continuación:


Directrices de solicitud

Documentos para la solicitud a enviar

  1. Formulario de solicitud Excel
  2. Propuesta de presupuesto Excel
  3. Modelo de plan de actividades
  4. Lista de verificación para solicitantes

Documento de apoyo

Preguntas y Respuestas Frecuentes


EU flag This activity is being realized with the financial assistance of the European Union as part of the Specific Agreement No. CSO-LA/2018/402-422. The contents of this activity are the sole responsibility of SOLIDAR and can under no circumstances be taken as reflecting the position of the European Union.

Open call: Evaluation of democracy projects in Bosnia and Hercegovina and Albania

The purpose of the evaluation is to assess the jointly supported activities by Olof Palme International Center and Kalevi Sorsa Foundation in Albania as well as Bosnia and Herzegovina.

The evaluation will thus focus particularly on assessing the outcomes and impact of the gender academy in Bosnia Herzegovina implemented by FLI and the respective political academies implemented by FLI and Qemal Stafa Foundation in Albania.

The evaluation should be done using OECD DAC evaluation criteria. It should thus contribute to Olof Palme International Center’s and Kalevi Sorsa Foundation’s evidence and knowledge based assessment of the projects in order to provide insights about the impact and learnings of the projects to provide recommendations for our future planning. In addition, the findings of the evaluation will long-term be valuable to both internal stakeholders, as our partners in the respective countries, as well as the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland and SIDA.

The specific objectives of the evaluation are following;

• To assess the joint activities in terms of relevance, coherence, effectiveness, efficiency, impact and sustainability

• To assess the joint cooperation between OPIC and KSF

• To assess the added value for our partner organisations of this kind of donor harmonization and broader cooperation

• Document key challenges and lessons learnt and provide practical recommendations
that can be utilized for future planning.

The Evaluation should be conducted between December and January.

More background and specifics in the ToR:

Terms of Reference


Tenders shall be submitted via email no later than 14th of December. The bid must include suggested outline, methodology proposal and time plan, curriculum vitae for members of the evaluation team and their respective roles in the assignment, details of previous experience in the field, references (names and contact information) procedures for quality assurance and budget.

The budget should include all costs related to the evaluation such as interpretation and possible field visits, including VAT.

We reserve the right not to accept any of the bids received.

For questions, contact Jelena Simic or Jonas Andersson:

+358 505529665

+46 70 698 00 03

Call for proposals: Support to Just Transition changemakers

The Training of Trainers will take part early winter 2022, and the organisation who is selected in this call for proposals to provide after-support (and possibly facilitate another round of the Training of Trainers) will do so in the first quarter of 2023. You will find more details about the project in the call for proposals – link below – under the Just Transition part.

We are welcoming proposals from partners working on the issues related to a Just Transition.

Deadline: 6th of November at 23:59.

Read the call for proposals here (ENG) 

It can also be found here in FR and here in ES

Call for proposals: Human Rights & Democracy Support to Civil Society in Türkiye

The objectives are:

The specific objective of the support to civil society organisations is to strengthen CSOs as independent actors of good governance and development in their own right.

The specific objective is to contribute to an inclusive, participatory, empowered, and independent civil society and democratic space; and an inclusive and open dialogue with and between Civil Society Organisations.

The interested civil society organisations in Türkiye are welcome with a Concept Note (max two pages) providing for an Inception Phase, and an Organisational Description (max one page) written in optional format. Budget for the Inception Phase is restricted to maximum SEK 100 000.

Proposals are to be sent via email (to mailbox: application@palmecenter.se) before the 15th of August 2022.

Just in – toolkit for internal democracy

How about arranging a study circle on the topic?

Or answering a list of questions to get a quick visual overview of strengths and areas where action is needed?

Many of the exercises are learning by doing – just by using these tools you will be exercising internal democracy.

Take me to the toolkit

Workshop in climate and environmental integration, March 16th

Date: March 16th

Time: 9.30-11 am CET

After active participation in the workshop you will be able to…

What’s the point of all this?

The benefit of practicing this is that we can become better at spotting climate and environmental risks that may undermine our progress.

Analysing our operations from a “green” perspective also means that we can contribute to environmental and climate action that strengthens our goals and the rightsholders we wish to support.

If we do not see the links between the planetary crisis and our goals, and act on them… our countries will be left dangerously unprepared and policies to counter the crisis will neither be adequate or just.

Sign up

Register here by March 10th if you want to join.

What is social democracy?

The book ”What is Social Democracy?” gives an introduction to social democratic ideology, history and policy. It’s authored by the former Swedish Prime Minister Ingvar Carlsson and Anne-Marie Lindgren.

Download it here

Get your guide to online trainings and activities

We have all gone through a process where online activities was something we mainly did while waiting for the pandemic to pass, to understanding that this is a permanent change in terms of how we meet, learn, interact and collaborate. Online meetings will not replace physical meetings after the pandemic, but they are here to stay—and to complement and expand our activities.

Shrinking democratic space during the pandemic and lockdowns calls for more capacity development online, and for actors who work in favour of democracy to become more active together.

This is a hands-on guide on what to think about before, during and after an online training or activity.

It contains information about the process, manuals for tools, practical tips, templates and examples. There is also a theoretical part about online learning that looks at how we can make participants feel safe, be active and learn effectively in this context.

This guide was developed for our partner and member organisations and staff. We hope that it will contribute to the strategic partnership and our common learning.

Download the guide here