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2017-07-31

The Olof Palme International Center publishes the first independent report on human rights in Abkhazia

The Palme Center has decided to make public a report on the human rights situation in Abkhazia, a disputed territory in the former Soviet Union. The report is based on thorough research and several field visits by Thomas Hammarberg, former Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights and earlier Secretary General of the Palme Center and Magdalena Grono, an expert on South Caucasus, now working with the International Crisis Group.

2015-03-03

Equal rights for all workers

In the city of Kragujevac a union of trade unions, Savez Samostalnih Sindikata Kragujevac (SSSK) operates a project called "Mi smo jednaki" – "We are equal" with the goal to strengthen women's rights and status in the working life and in the unions.

2014-11-12

Western Balkans: Reconciliation and Regional Cooperation

Several of Olof Palme International Center's partner organisations in the Western Balkans recently assembled in Belgrade. One of the themes discussed at the meeting was the question of reconciliation.

2014-10-27

Conference - The social impacts of economic policies in the Balkans

Olof Palme International Center in partnership with Friedrich Ebert Stiftung is organising the conference "The social impacts of economic policies in the Balkans."

2014-10-27

Focus Kosovo Newsletter No 3

In the third issue of the newsletter about the work of OPIC partners in Kosovo, there are news related to cultural development, gender equality, participatory decision-making, as well as the current social and political issues in the country.

2014-05-23

Support the development work of our partner organizations in the Balkans

The Olof Palme International Center has cooperated for a long time with independent organizations in the Balkans. Many of them are focusing on strengthening youth and women's participation in social and political development.

2014-03-10

Parliamentary elections in Serbia

On the 15th of March, Serbia will have its fifth parliamentary elections since the breakdown of Milosevic’s regime. Although the previous elections took place as recently as 2012, the government has decided to go to premature elections even before reaching half way through the four-year term.

2014-03-10

Parliamentary elections in Serbia

The official explanation to this is that that the ruling parties need a clear mandate in order to launch an in-depth reform processes. The government, however, has already spent two years without really demonstrating that they are reform oriented.

2013-12-14

New report from the Conference Series ”From Bullets to Ballots”

The Conference Series “From Bullets to Ballots” is organized by the Swedish Social Democratic Party together with the Olof Palme International Center.

2013-09-11

The Anna Lindh Seminar of 2013

– Anna was a remarkable individual, a remarkable politician, and a remarkable thinker – a leader in the development of sustainability and security both in Sweden and abroad, said Stefan Löfven, Chairman of the Social Democratic Party, at this year’s Anna Lindh-seminar.

2013-06-26

Exchange on youth issues between Serbia, Albania and Kosovo

Organizations from Albania and Kosovo working with youth issues recently visited Serbia. The aim of the study visit, which was organized by Olof Palme International Center, was to learn from Serbia’s experience regarding youth work.

2013-06-26

Exchange on youth issues between Serbia, Albania and Kosovo

In the last couple of years Serbia has adopted a national youth strategy, established youth offices at municipal level, appointed youth coordinators and developed local youth action plans. A Law on Youth was also passed last year and all of this this has created a space for youth issues and youth participation.

2013-06-12

Serbian workers on hunger strike

290 workers at a battery producing factory went on strike on the 11th of May to protest against unpaid wages. The workers at the Fabrika Akumulatora Sombor report that they have not been paid neither wages nor travel allowances for several months.

2013-06-12

Serbian workers on hunger strike against unpaid wages

The strike is supported by the Trade Union of Metal Workers Serbia. An arbitration commission proposed a settlement that was turned down by the owner of the factory. The owner has offered to pay half a salary which is unacceptable for the workers. The director of the factory also informed the workers on strike that they would be fired. But the employees contacted the labour inspectorate which warned the director that this is against the law.

2013-05-27

Bosnia and Herzegovina: School children for non-violent communication

2013-05-27

School children for non-violent communication

- I am honored to be here today together with the representatives of Vive Zene and the Olof Palme International Center, which supports your activities. I am convinced that Olof Palme, our former Prime Minister, would have been proud to see us here together today, said Mr.  Bosse Hedberg, Swedish Ambassador to Bosnia and Herzegovina, during his speech at the opening ceremony of "The second meeting of schools".

2013-04-22

New network in Albania adresses youth issues

On April 6th, 36 youth organizations from all over Albania gathered at the European University of Tirana for the congress “Unite in Action”, organized by the Olof Palme International Center and the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung. Participants discussed the major problems facing young people in Albania today, principally unemployment, the poor quality of education, and the lack of opportunities for cultural and leisure activities.

2013-04-22

New network in Albania adresses youth issues

In order to more effectively address these questions on a national level, the participants resolved to form a new network and elected 18 members to a committee for the network. - I hope that this group of eighteen people and the rest of the conference work together to find solutions for the issues that we discussed, says Albana.

2013-03-07

Job Vacancy Advertisement: Programme Coordinator

The Olof Palme International Center is recruiting a Programme Coordinator that will monitor projects and support organizations in Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina and be based in Belgrade. The Programme Coordinator will facilitate the cooperation between the meber organizations of the Olof Palme International Center and their partner organizations in Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina and monitor that their projects are in in accordance with our goals, strategies and policies. The Programme Coordinator will be based in the Belgrade office of the Palme Center and travel to Bosnia and Herzegovina at least 5 to 10 days a month.

2013-02-06

Serbia: 1 500 attended the premier of a documentary about Olof Palme

After the screening a seminar about the former Swedish Social democratic Prime Minister Olof Palme was held. Zoran Popović , Director of the Festival, Tue Steen Müller, Festival Selector, Torgny Svennugsson, Head of Sida in Serbia and Danilo Milić program manager for the Olof Palme International Center in Serbia were invited to discuss not only the movie but foremost the political engagement that Olof Palme and the film inspires to.

2013-01-04

Serbia: Civil society gathers for the future

About 50 representatives from different civil society organizations gathered to reflect upon where the Serbian civil society is heading as well as their own role in relation to this.  -I think we need some fresh ideas and some new faces in order to take some steps forward in the right direction and to create a really powerful civil society sector in Serbia, says Dragomir.

2012-10-23

Social democrats in Central and Eastern Europe share ideas and experiences on information and communication

By organizing the conference “Information Technologies and Political Participation”, the National Democratic Institute, the Democratic Party of Socialist of Montenegro and the Olof Palme International Center brought together representatives of the social democratic parties from Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) to share their knowledge and experience on broader ICT issues and more innovative concepts for the first time. The organizers wanted to encourage political parties to use the advantages of ICT to increase citizen participation in their policy-making as well as to foster them to develop their own ICT-related policies. The conference brought forward several new perspectives.

2012-05-22

Unexpected winner in Serbian presidential election

Commentary by Danilo Milic, Program Coordinator Belgrad

2011-02-01

Time for dialogue in Albania

- I went to the demonstration because I was outraged by a government, whose ministers on tape make deals of millions of Euros, as 250 000 Albanians again are falling below the extreme poverty line, said Arbi Mazniku, of Agenda Institute, a non-Governmental Organisation in Tirana.

2011-02-01

Time for dialogue in Albania

The political polarisation that resulted in the recent anti-government demonstrations in Tirana has escalated since the elections in June 2009. The thousands of people that took to the streets on January 21, 2011 were calling on the Democratic Party government to step down after allegations of electoral fraud and corruption. 

2010-05-19

Active Local Community Councils improve living conditions

2010-05-19

They solve the garbage problems

2010-05-19

They protect their right to water

2010-05-19

CommunityCouncils

In ten towns in western Bosnia and Herzegovina that were hard-hit by the war, the Center for Civic Cooperation is implementing a project funded by the Olof Palme International Center (together with support from the C.S.Mott Foundation and the National Endowment for Democracy) to promote the establishment of Local Community Councils in order to increase active public participation in local decision-making and thereby increase local government accountability and attention to community needs.

2010-03-12

A new generation of politicians

The Palme Center supports a project called “Academy for political leaders”. The aim is to create a new generation of more democratically minded politicians ready to cooperate for the benefit of their communities. More than 40 % of the first class of Academy students, became councilors in their local government structure.

2013-02-06

Serbia: 1 500 attended the premier of a documentary about Olof Palme

Last weekend the Swedish documentary Palme was screened at the documentary film festival The Magnificent 7 in Belgrade. The movie, directed by Kristina Lindström and Maud Nycander, has attracted a record audience to Swedish cinemas during the fall and did the same in Belgrade. 1500 people attended the Serbian premiere at the conference center Sava Centar last Friday.

2011-02-01

Time for dialogue in Albania

2013-01-03

Serbia: Civil society gathers for the future

“I would really like to see some changes in the NGO-sector in Serbia” says Dragomir Pop Mitic from Uzice Center for Human Rights and Democracy who participated in an event for civil society organizations in Belgrade in December.

2013-01-03

Serbia: Civil society gathers for the future

“I would really like to see some changes in the NGO-sector in Serbia” says Dragomir Pop Mitic from Uzice Center for Human Rights and Democracy who participated in an event for civil society organizations in Belgrade in December.

2013-01-03

Serbia: Fight against corruption in higher education

Jovana Tripunovic from the Belgrade Open School participated in the 15th International Anti-Corruption Conference (IACC) where she presented the activities within the project Raising Accountability of Universities in Serbia that is supported by Olof Palme International Center.

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