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In our development cooperation work we seek to strengthen people’s power to shape the societies they live in, and thus their own lives. The Palme Center supports member organisations in their work and in some cases provide direct support to organisations in our partner countries to promote democracy, human rights and peace.

Information about the application process 2020-24

The Palme Center has developed a new strategy (2020-2025), which new programmes shall contribute to. The strategy maps out our priorities as well as the goals of our collaborations and partnerships. Applications to the Palme Center must relate and contribute to the strategy, pushing progressive development for equality, sustainability and democracy. It shall also clearly reflect the mission statement and the political priorities.

The Palme Center will develop regional-, country- and thematic programmes. Regionally the Palme Center works in Southern Africa (South Africa, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Eswatini/Swaziland), Western Balkans (Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Albania, Macedonia, Kosovo) and Eastern Europe (Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, Ukraine). In addition, the Palme Center will develop country programmes in Burma/Myanmar, Palestine, Philippines, Turkey, Belarus and Western Sahara. The Palme Center doesn’t exclusively work in these countries. Thematic programmes will also be developed including other countries. If you are interested in applying for another country, please contact us for more information.

Selection criteria for partnership  

The Palme Center mainly works through our 27 Member Organisations (see list of our member organisations here: from the Swedish labour movement. Hence, the Palme Center primarily works with partners within the international labour movement and/or partners working in the field of social change, unionism, democracy and human rights. In some cases, we provide direct support to organisations in our partner countries to promote democracy, human rights and peace.

We define the international labor movement as a broad gathering of popular movements comprising political parties, trade unions and civil society organisations working for progressive change. In a more formal sense, it is defined by the various international organisations and platforms that our member organisations are actively engaged in and their various regional and national structures and affiliates. In different countries and contexts this also involves close allies, civil society organisations and community-based organisations with a shared vision and understanding of progressive development.

A future partnership will be based on an assessment of the applicant’s needs, capacities and priorities, as well as whether the applicant in its specific context is dynamic, relevant and interested in pushing progressive development.

The Application Process

The Application for 2020-2024 is closed. For more information contact the relevant programme manager.


Application 2020-2024 – Template Step 1

Application 2020-2024 – Template Step 2

Budget template application 2020-2024 – Step 2

Application 2020-2024 – Organisational Description for Partnership

International Strategy of the Olof Palme International Center 2020-2025

For more information see Questions and answers.


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