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The Olof Palme International Center is the umbrella organisation for the Swedish labour movement and works in the spirit of Olof Palme for democracy, human rights and peace. The Swedish labour movement has a long tradition of solidarity and we are proud to keep this tradition alive. Together with our 27 member organisations we cooperate with people and organisations throughout the world, in countries such as Belarus, Burma, Palestine, Serbia, South Africa, the Philippines and Zimbabwe.

The Olof Palme International Center was founded in 1992 by The Swedish Social Democratic Party, The Swedish Trade Union Confederation, and The Swedish Cooperative Union. The Board consists of representatives from the member organisations. The Chairperson is Wanja Lundy-Wedin and the Secretary General is Jens Orback.

The Palme Center works in the spirit of Olof Palme for democracy, human rights and peace. We cooperate with people and organisations throughout the world, in nations such as Burma, South Africa, Palestine, and the countries in the Western Balkans.

Through our development projects, we seek to empower people to change their societies and thereby their own lives. Women, youth, and grassroots activists are our main target groups.
The Swedish labour movement’s extensive international network enables cooperation with global partners who share our values.

This film tells about the founding of the Palme Center and the activities 1992-2012:

 

Current work

The Palme Center and its member organisations carried out a total of 232 development projects in over 26 countries during 2013. The projects were primarily focused on popular education and organisation building, as well as human rights, democracy, peace and reconciliation. In 2013, the Palme Center contributed to the formation of the Syrian Women’s Network – a network which brings together Syrian women with different ideology and religion.

 

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Democracy is a demanding form of government. It demands respect for other people. - Olof Palme, 1968

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