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: https://www.palmecenter.se/en/member-organizations/) 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 process is divided into three steps:
1. Application Step One, including a budget indication, developed with one of Palme Center’s Swedish member organisation if applicable and the Organisational Description for Partnership is to be submitted to Palme Center no later than 1 April. The latest approved Annual Audit Report for the applicant organisation/organisations should also be attached to the application.
2. May 3rd, all applicants will be notified whether they are invited to submit Application Step Two, and thus take part in the development of a new programme. Step two constitutes the programming process, which will take place in dialogue with responsible Programme Manager at the Palme Center possibly in the form of a joint workshop during May-August.
3. In mid-September the Program Texts and Objectives will be sent out to all applicants to support the development of Application Step 2. The third part is to submit the Application step two, including budget for 2020 no later than 7 October.
For more information see Questions and answers.
TEMPLATES AND IMPORTANT DOCUMENTS FOR THE APPLICATION: