Africa groups of Sweden is a non profit, non political- and religious solidarity organization with approximately 2,400 members with a vision of a fair world. The organization originated in the solidarity movement in Sweden in the late 60's. Together with partner organizations in southern Africa, the African groups have worked for 40 years for people to have access to their human rights. We cooperate with local organizations. We all pursue the same vision that a fair and equal world is possible. We have been working together with some of our partner organizations for many years while some have been added recently. The African groups cooperate together with about 30 organizations in southern Africa, more specifically in Angola, Namibia, South Africa, Mozambique and Zimbabwe. We change lives in southern Africa by combating the causes of poverty.
Civil Rights Defenders (CRD) is an international, non-profit and independent human
rights organisation that has worked for on defending people's civil and political rights for
almost 40 years. CRD was founded as the Swedish Helsinki Committee for Human
Rights in 1982, with the purpose of monitoring compliance with the human rights
provisions of the 1975 Helsinki Final Act. Their work is guided by the rights enshrined in
the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), supporting the
promotion of the rule of law, strengthening of democratic institutions and increasing
access to justice. CRD has its headquarter in Stockholm and have offices and operations
on four continents where CRD run programmes and collaborate with more than 200
human rights organisations in over 30 countries. The organization has a total of 74
CRD:s vision is a world of democratic societies in which we all enjoy our civil and
political rights. CRD partner with and support human rights defenders who work in
some of the world's most repressive regions across four continents by expanding the space
for human rights defenders by improving security and capacity of partners and by
increasing awareness and accountability in relation to civil and political rights. Trough
advocacy, litigation, and public campaigns, CRD advance people's rights in the countries
where respect for human rights is at its weakest.
Diakonia is an organization that focuses on giving people knowledge about their rights and the opportunity to work with others for democracy, human rights, equality, justice and peace. We know that it is possible to change the world. But we also know that it takes time and requires stubbornness, stamina and courage. The organizations we work with often receive support from Diakonia for many years. Diakonia works with long-term development assistance in more than 30 countries in Africa, Latin America, Asia and the Middle East / North Africa. We also have an extensive business in Sweden. "There are people who change the world" is Diakonia's motto. We aim at the brave eldsjälar who transformed his anger into driving power. They know what has to change and how it should be done. Diakonia works with five themes: human rights, democracy, social and economic justice, gender equality, conflict and justice.
ForumCiv is a politically and religiously unaffiliated development cooperation organisation with around 160 member organisations from Swedish civil society. Together we work with human and civil rights, and facilitate popular participation around the globe. Forum Syd was founded in 1995 and is the largest civil society platform in Sweden. We mediate grants from Sida (the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency) to Swedish organisations cooperating with local partners in 70 countries. Forum Syd also advocates for just and sustainable development. Our work centres on enabling people to organise to claim their rights and take control of their lives; for it is only then that democracy can grow, resources can be distributed more fairly.
IM, Swedish Development Partner, is either present or supporting local partners in thirteen countries worldwide - Guatemala, El Salvador, Zimbabwe, Malawi, Moldova, Romania, Sweden, Zambia, Palestine, Lebanon, Jordan, India and Nepal. IM works for children's right to go to school, to prevent diseases and to enable people to support themselves and their family. We believe in people's power and willingness to change their own situation. Therefore, we design interventions to help people help themselves. For development to be sustainable IM works closely with local organisations and individuals who are passionate about change.
Kvinna till kvinna - Kvinna till Kvinna literally means ”Woman to Woman”. We strengthen the organisation of women in conflict regions by collaborating with women’s organisations and supporting their work to promote women’s rights and peace. The goal for us is to increase women’s power and influence. Our partner organisations organise meeting points for women in environments where it often is difficult for them to interact. The organisations influence policy and generate dialogue across conflict borders. They work to promote women’s health, to provide information and education about women’s human rights, and to prevent human trafficking and violence against women. Our role is to provide financial sup¬port and to mediate contacts between organisations. Today, Kvinna till Kvinna supports more than 100 women’s organisations in five regions afflicted by conflict: Central and Western Africa, the Middle East, the South Cau¬casus and the Western Balkans.
MyRight was one of Sida's Framework organisation until 2017 but is now a Programme Organisation under Forum Syd. MyRight (former SHIS) is the Swedish disability rights movement’s umbrella organisation for international development work. MyRight is a politically and religiously independent aid organisation that works to ensure that persons with disabilities are better able to access their rights. The development work is driven as a partnership between Swedish disability organisations and their equivalents in MyRight’s partner countries Bolivia, Nicaragua, Rwanda, Tanzania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Nepal and Sri Lanka. MyRight supports projects and programmes that help to make the disability organisations in the partner countries stronger, more democratic and able to participate in social development. Establishing strong organisations provides persons with disabilities with greater opportunities to be their own agents for change and to represent their members.
The Swedish Society for Nature Conservation, SSNC is an environmental organisation with the power to bring about change. We spread knowledge, chart environmental threats, propose solutions and influence politicians and authorities, both nationally and internationally. Under democratic forms, we work regionally in 24 county branches and locally in 270 community branches. SSNC work in partnership with around 50 organisations in about 20 countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America and Eastern Europe, and also participates in various networks globally and within the EU. This international work is mainly carried out with financial contributions from Sida, the Swedish International Development Agency. SSNC is working for sustainable consumption, e.g. through spreading information about individual goods such as bananas, coffee, king prawns, tropical wood and cotton in order to show how production affects ecosystems and people’s health. Many of our partners in the South are working in a similar way.
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
Pingst FFS (PMU InterLife), Swedish Pentecostal Mission was one of Sida's Framework Organisations until 2017 but is now a Member Organisation under SMR. "Our mission is clear: We want to fight all forms of poverty and we want to do it together. This is our faith, our will and our calling as a church. We believe in all people's equal value and equal rights. Our work is based on human rights and the conviction of every person's inherent ability to change his life. By strengthening individuals and influencing power-makers, we can contribute to sustainable change. Our hope is that what seems impossible is possible if we take on the world's challenges together. We have regional councils exist for Southeast Asia, East, South and Central Africa, Middle East / North Africa, Europe, Eurasia, South Asia and Latin America".
Plan Sweden works to ensure that all children's rights are respected wherever they live. We work not only for children, but also for them. Children have the right to participate in ways that affect their own lives. When Plan initiates cooperation in a new area, the starting point is always what both children and adults want to improve, all projects are done on the initiative of those living in the area. In common, we establish a long-term development plan, which is then run by local people with material, technical and financial support from Plan. To achieve sustainable results, Plan also collaborates with other organizations, governments and governments in the program countries. We are part of the local civil society in the areas where we work and can therefore contribute to creating changes at grassroots level. By working close to populations, we can bring invaluable knowledge of children's daily lives into discussions with politicians and decision makers at national or international level.
Save the Children Sweden support children in vulnerable situations - in Sweden and in the world. Save the Children is a child rights organization that works to ensure that all children have their rights respected and our work is based on the Convention on the Rights of the Child. We are politically and religiously independent. We are fighting for all children to have a safe and healthy childhood, to be able to make their voices heard and thus have influence over the situation. No child should be exposed to violence, abuse or discrimination. We work both in Sweden and around the world and we work on long-term programs for vulnerable children will have a better future. In emergency and war situations, we go in with emergency life-saving interventions, while also working there long term. In recent years, many changes for the better occurred, changes that we have been involved and helped. For example, the mortality rate among children under five decreased and the number of children attending school has increase.
RFSU, (The Swedish Association for sexuality Education) - Issues such as the right to have an abortion, access to contraception, sexuality education, awareness of legislation, equality, educated health providers, and a life free from discrimination for homosexual, bisexual, and transgender persons, are important factors in the fight against poverty and in the prevention of sexually transmitted diseases such as HIV and AIDS. RFSU has been internationally engaged in projects and initiatives concerning sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) for many years. In 1986 RFSU began its first international initiative by cooperating with a centre for young girls in Tanzania to support young pregnant women who had been expelled from school. Yet RFSU’s efforts have been creating change even longer. In the 1950’s RFSU was a partner in the foundation of the global family planning organisation, Planned Parenthood (IPPF). During the 21st century RFSU has worked together with organisations throughout the world. Projects included initiatives for promoting the sexual health of young people in India and Russia, equality projects for men in Zambia, Tanzania, Uganda and Kenya as well as sexual education for young people in China. With a human rights perspective RFSU considers certain fundamental rights to be a precondition for the freedom to exist, choose, enjoy and have access to information and healthcare.
Church of Sweden aims to reduce poverty by strengthening people’s economic, social and cultural rights. Our work is based on a rights-based approach and supports people’s struggles for the right to food, sustainable livelihood, security, education and health. Church of Sweden aims to strengthen local civil society and, together with our partner organisations, contribute to the development of just, peaceful and democratic societies in which human rights are respected and defended. People should have the opportunity to defend and assert their rights and their dignity themselves.
SMC, Swedish Mission Council is a forum for churches and Christian organizations. We work together to provide opportunities for people and societies to change. SMC’s development work carries out by member organizations’ in collaboration with their partner organizations in around 50 countries. We want to spread knowledge on issues that can contribute to the eradication of poverty. Therefore we are working to enable NGO’s in Sweden and the South to engage in development work. As part of our work for human rights we work, for example, to promote freedom of religion or belief. Our member organizations have a large network across the world.
Union to Union, (fd LO-TCOs Biståndsnämnd) är en partipolitiskt och religiöst obunden ideell förening. Medlemmar i föreningen är LO, TCO och Saco. Union to Union arbetar för goda arbetsvillkor, demokrati, en rättvis fördelning av resurser och hållbar utveckling. Därför verkar vi i människors vardag, i deras arbetsliv. Det gör vi genom att sprida kunskap om mänskliga rättigheter och styrkan i att organisera sig fackligt för att tillsammans öka var och ens möjlighet till försörjning. Union to Union samarbetar med fackliga organisationer över hela världen och stöttar på plats – genom 103 fackliga utvecklingsprojekt i ett nittiotal länder. Globalt handlar arbetet om erfarenhetsutbyten och utbildning i fackliga och mänskliga rättigheter i arbetslivet, ledarskap inom fackliga organisationer, arbetsmiljö, jämställdhet, social dialog eller hiv och aids.
UBV, education in aid activities used to be one of Sida's framework organisations up until 2008, when the organization became one of Forum Syd's programme organizations. At the same time, the organization changed it name to The Latin American group of Sweden. The original UBV founded in 1968 by students who wanted to go out in the world to study Swedish aid. Initially, the business focused on education in the field of ICT, but eventually changed the focus to also include volunteer activities and information issues. UBV was one of Sida's framework agencies until 2008, when the organization became one of Forum Syd's program organizations.
WeEffect works for people living in poverty and vulnerability to have a better life. “Helping people help themselves” is the guiding star in our work. We help farmers grow more and better food and in a sustainable way. We are working to increase gender equality because we know it leads to poverty reduction. We work with rural development, housing, gender equality and access to land. We know that together people find new ways out of poverty and become a strong voice in society. Therefore, we support people to cooperate and gain new knowledge. As a result, more people receive increased income, food on the table and dignified housing - and can get rid of poverty for good. We Effect has activities in 25 countries in four continents, and in order for these changes to work, we always work with local organizations in place.
World Wide Fund for Nature, WWF works to cope with the destruction of the natural habitats of the earth and build a future where people live in harmony with nature. The main task is to protect biodiversity and facilitate the use of natural resources in a sustainable way, both in Sweden and globally. We work to ensure that humanity distributes the resources of the earth fairly and using them in a sustainable way. In order to achieve our goals, we work both at the political level and in the field and in close cooperation with local people around the world.