Centre Party International Foundation (CIS)
The Centre Party International Foundation is a Swedish Party Affiliated Organisation (PAO) established in 1995 by the Swedish Centre Party. It shares the same core values as the Centre Party, a social liberal party with a strong emphasis on sustainability and decentralization.
It works with local partners to support democracy and human rights in developing countries. The main focus is empowering women and youth to actively engage in political participation.
“The mission of the Centre Party International Foundation is to strengthen democracy and human rights, with a focus on gender and environmental issues, in collaboration with political parties and organizations working to strengthen liberal values and local democracy, also outside large population centres”.
The Centre party International Foundation is one of seven Party Affiliated Organisations (PAOs) in Sweden. They receive the main part of their funding from the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency, SIDA. The objective of all Swedish development assistance is to help create conditions for people who live in poverty to improve their lives. The specific objective of the PAO assistance is to promote human rights, democracy, and good governance.
According to the Swedish government’s strategy “Special Democracy Support through Political Party Affiliated Organisations” (PAOs), Sweden is to help ensure that all individuals in developing countries have the freedom and a genuine opportunity to organize in political parties and civil society organizations.
The aim of our support is capacity building. To achieve it, we implement a three-step programme for political party capacity building. Its objectives are to increase:
1. the institutional capacity,
2. the organizational capacity and
3. the political and ideological capacity of our partners.
Activities include training workshops on various topics, seminars for strategy development or revision of political manifestos, partner conferences for networking and training, mentoring etc. Activities are sometimes implemented by outside facilitators, but generally, they are carried out by our partners with financial and organizational support.
Beyond the actual activities, one of the added values for partner organizations is the insight and access they get into the Centre Party and its affiliated organizations, such as the Centre Women, the Centre Students, and the Centre Youth. Over time, it has built a platform of mutual collaboration which supports the exchange of knowledge and experiences. It gives both sides the possibility to network and creates mutual understanding for each other’s political contexts. We strongly believe that increasing knowledge and understanding is crucial when working with politics over country borders.