About us

CONCORD Sweden is a platform made up of 63 Swedish civil society organizations. Together we work for a more just and sustainable world by influencing Swedish and European foreign and development policies.

Our vision is a sustainable world without poverty and injustice, where politics promote equity, gender equality and responsibility for future generations, and where every person lives a dignified life on equal terms, free from poverty and discrimination.

CONCORD Sweden unites a diverse group of organizations consisting of hundreds of thousands engaged citizens, making us a powerful voice for global development. We want to influence politicians to formulate policies that improve the world. CONCORD Sweden also monitors whether the leaders of Sweden and the EU live up to their commitments on human rights and global sustainable development.

We always focus our advocacy efforts towards political decision-making at the level where it will have the most impact. Since many of the issues we work with are affected by EU policies, our active participation as a national platform within CONCORD Europe is essential to our work. We are one of the 28 national platforms and 23 international networks that make up CONCORD Europe, the European confederation of Relief and Development non-governmental organizations, which gathers in total 2600 European development organizations.

CONCORD Sweden works with SIx Prioritized Issues:

The 2030 Agenda with its 17 Global goals for sustainable development is a unique agreement between the nations of the world about eradicating poverty and creating a sustainable development globally. Sweden and the EU have through the agenda and previous commitments promised that all policies should be coherent with, and not go against, the work for a sustainable development in the world.

Civil society has an important role in advocating and pushing the leaders of the world to go from promises to action. CONCORD Sweden monitors how well Sweden and the EU live up to their promises. We also give recommendations about what policies are needed to most efficiently achieve a sustainable development built on human rights.

CONCORD Sweden and CONCORD Europe have published several reports on the issue, find some of them in English below:

Champions to be? Making the 2030 Agenda a reality (2017) – This report examines the implementation of the 2030 Agenda in Brazil, Colombia, Germany, Liberia, South Africa, Sweden, Tanzania, Timor-Leste and Tunisia, as well as gives key recommendations for the future. The countries are part of the High-Level Group that the Swedish prime minister and heads of state and government from the other eight countries set up in 2015. The group committed itself to leading efforts to implement the 2030 Agenda globally, at all levels of society. This is the second review of the work of the group.

A 10 point roadmap for Europe – on the role of the private sector in development (2017) – In this report, CONCORD Europe suggests ten steps European politicians need to take in order to ensure that the private sector plays a positive role in sustainable global development.

Sustainable development – the stakes could not be higher (2016) – This report from CONCORD Europe analyzes the EU’s implementation of the 2030 Agenda and policy coherence on sustainable development by showing examples of how EU acts within different political issues, for instance migration and economic policies.

Champions to be? Making the 2030 Agenda a reality (2016) – This report examines the implementation of the 2030 Agenda in Brazil, Colombia, Germany, Liberia, South Africa, Sweden, Tanzania, Timor-Leste and Tunisia, as well as gives key recommendations for the future. The countries are part of the High-Level Group that the Swedish prime minister and heads of state and government from the other eight countries set up in 2015. The group committed itself to leading efforts to implement the 2030 Agenda globally, at all levels of society. This is the first review of the group.

Spotlight reports – These reports by CONCORD Europe, the latest published in 2015, also examines how well the EU has committed to its promise of policy coherence on sustainable development.

For questions on this issue, contact policy and advocacy coordinator Sofia Svarfvar, phone: +46 70 673 85 79, e-mail: sofia.svarfvar@concord.se

Increasing xenophobia and racism are deeply worrying trends in Europe today. More harsh and inhumane migrations policies gain influence within the EU as well as in Sweden and other member states.

To change this worrying development CONCORD Sweden works to influence politicians in Sweden and at the EU level to stand up for and defend human rights for migrants and refugees. The fact that aid is used to stop migration instead of helping people out of poverty and oppression can never be accepted.

CONCORD Sweden and CONCORD Europe have published several reports on the issue, find some of them in English below:

Partnership or Conditionality (2018) – How does the EU spend and allocate money in Africa when it comes to migration? Is the money used for development purposes? Do they help migrants and refugees? These are some of the questions asked and answered in this report by CONCORD Europe, which contains three country case studies: Libya, Niger and Ethiopia.

English summary of the Civil society declaration for a feminist foreign policy (2018) – Ahead of the Swedish parliamentary election in 2018, we hope that all Swedish political parties see the importance and value of a continued feminist foreign policy for Sweden. Therefore, CONCORD Sweden has written the Civil society declaration for a feminist foreign policy where one chapter addresses Sweden’s refugee and migration policies.

English summary of the report How feminist is Sweden’s foreign policy? (2017) – In this report CONCORD Sweden analyzes the implementation of Sweden’s feminist foreign policy in 2016-2017, one of the chapters focusing on Sweden’s policy on migration and refugees.

For questions on this issue, contact policy and advocacy coordinator Céline Giertta, phone: +46 70 413 44 11, e-mail: celine.giertta@concord.se

International aid is a global responsibility based on the equal value of all human beings. Sweden and the EU have made important commitments about giving international aid in order to fight poverty and oppression.

CONCORD Sweden monitors and influences these policies to ensure that aid is used efficiently, is based on human rights and contributes to a sustainable development. Aid has a unique role to play in reducing poverty and creating a sustainable, democratic development.

CONCORD Sweden and CONCORD Europe have published several reports on the issue, find some of them in English below:

AidWatch 2017: EU aid uncovered – how to reach the target on time – The EU could take a generation to meet its 0.7 % GNI-target at the current rate of growth, reveals the CONCORD AidWatch Report 2017. While 2016 saw a substantial increase of 27% in development spending, there has also been a relatively dramatic increase in reporting of inflated aid, such as in-donor costs or debt relief.

For questions on this issue, contact policy and advocacy coordinator Åsa Thomasson, phone: +46 73 514 17 52, e-mail: asa.thomasson@concord.se

Organisations and activists that defend human rights, democracy and the environment are key actors to reach the Global goals for sustainable development. But the space for civil society to act is shrinking around the world. Actors in civil society face increasing social, financial and legal restrictions as well as threats against themselves and their families and even physical violence.

Sweden and the EU has promised to strengthen their work to stop the shrinking civic space. CONCORD Sweden works to improve policies in Sweden and the EU in order to revoke the trend of shrinking civic space and strengthen support to human rights and environment defenders under threat.

CONCORD Sweden has published a report on the issue, read an english summary below:

English summary of the report Make space! Defending civic space and freedom of association and assembly (2018) – Organisations and activists that defend human rights, democracy and the environment are indispensable partners in implementing Agenda 2030 with the Global Goals for Sustainable Development. But their space to act is shrinking on a global scale. This summary gives an outline of the recommendations put forward in the report by CONCORD Sweden.

For questions on this issue, contact policy and advocacy coordinator Sofia Tuvestad, phone: +46 76 176 29 69, e-mail: sofia.tuvestad@concord.se

Women, girls and non-binary people all over the world are subjected to structural oppression and face discrimination and violence. Gender equality is necessary to eradicate poverty, build sustainable peace and achieve sustainable development globally.

CONCORD Sweden monitors and influences the foreign and development policies of Sweden and the EU to promote gender equality and the equal rights of all human beings.

CONCORD Sweden and CONCORD Europe have published several reports on the issue, find some of them in English below:

English summary of the Civil society declaration for a feminist foreign policy (2018) – Ahead of the Swedish parliamentary election in 2018, we hope that all Swedish political parties see the importance and value of a continued feminist foreign policy for Sweden. Therefore, CONCORD Sweden has written the Civil society declaration for a feminist foreign policy where we describe the greatest challenges, give our definition of and recommendations for a feminist foreign policy.

English summary of the report How feminist is Sweden’s foreign policy? (2017) – When Sweden’s Minister for Foreign Affairs Margot Wallström launched the feminist foreign policy in 2014 it was a brave move and a very important political statement. Since then, we have witnessed several backlashes for women’s, girls’ and LGBTQ-rights across the globe. This has made Sweden’s feminist foreign policy more important than ever. In this report CONCORD Sweden analyzes the implementation of Sweden’s feminist foreign policy in 2016-2017 and gives recommendations for the future.

For questions on this issue, contact policy and advocacy coordinator Céline Giertta, phone: +46 70 413 44 11, e-mail: celine.giertta@concord.se

The European Union is a leading global aid donor which funds many different projects. CONCORD Sweden provides information and support to our member organizations on how to apply for and manage EU funding for development aid and development education/awareness raising.

For more information, contact our EU funding advisor and coordinator Madeleine Winqvist, phone: +46 70-722 58 28, e-mail: madeleine.winqvist@concord.se

Membership

CONCORD Sweden is open to membership for any Swedish civil society organization, non-profit association, foundation or umbrella organisation that support the aim of CONCORD Sweden. Contact director Magnus Falklöf for questions about membership, phone: +46 8-648 99 44, e-mail: magnus.falklof@concord.se

Contact us

For any other questions or more information, contact info@concord.se

Address: Högbergsgatan 31 A, 116 20 Stockholm
Phone: +46 8 648 99 50