Collaborative Programme

SwedBio has a “Collaborative Programme” and can support a limited number of strategic initiatives in developing countries. Through the Collaborative Programme SwedBio contributes to organisations in low income countries and least developed countries. SwedBio supports strategic initiatives of relevance for SwedBio’s objectives. Through collaboration with the partner organisations joint learning is generated that can contribute to the policy work SwedBio does in its knowledge interface role.

Long-term partners receiving support from the Collaborative Programme are listed below.


SwedBio support criteria

In order to receive support and establish collaboration, please read through the criteria for support prior to contacting us for further details.

African Biodiversity Network

The African Biodiversity Network (ABN) is a regional network of individuals and organisations seeking African solutions to the ecological and socio-economic challenges that face the continent.

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Alliance for Food Sovereignty in Africa

The Alliance for Food Sovereignty in Africa (AFSA) is a broad alliance of different civil society actors that are part of the movement for food sovereignty and agroecology in Africa. It is a network of networks and currently with 30 active members. The SwedBio funded project aims to support practical agroecology work on the ground, and to use this experience and learning to build the momentum of the agroecology movement and inform plans to mainstream agroecology in key African strategies.


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Council for Scientific and Industrial Research

The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) is one of the leading scientific and technology research, development and implementation organisations in Africa. CSIR in South Africa is hosting the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) Technical Support Unit (TSU) for Africa. SwedBio support to CSIR to enhance the work of the IPBES TSU for the IPBES Regional Assessment for Africa by collating data and knowledge to support the generation of indicators of sustainable development, and ultimately improve the capacity for managing ecosystems and their services in the Africa region.

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Forest Peoples Programme

Forest Peoples Programme (FPP) advocates an alternative vision of how forests should be managed and controlled, based on respect for the rights of the peoples who know them best. FPP works with forest peoples in South America, Africa, and Asia, to help them secure their rights, build up their own organisations and negotiate with governments and companies as to how economic development and conservation are best achieved on their lands.

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ICLEI's Cities Biodiversity Center

ICLEI is the world’s leading association of cities and local governments dedicated to sustainable development. ICLEI promotes local action for global sustainability, supporting cities to become sustainable, resilient, resource-efficient, biodiverse, and low-carbon. ICLEI’s Cities Biodiversity Center, located in South Africa, offers cities a broad portfolio of supportive services, including: capacity development and up-skilling, technical advice, advocacy support, networking forums, profiling of achievements and conference organisation.

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IDLO is an intergovernmental organisation devoted to promoting the rule of law.  The headquarter is located in Rome, and they are present in The Hauge and represented at the United Nations in New York and Geneva, where they help shape the debate about human rights and development. IDLO enables countries to design, reform and strengthen those laws and institutions most apt to deliver justice, dignity and economic opportunity.

Through the IDLO Kenya Office, SwedBio support IDLO to advance legal approaches for biodiversity mainstreaming.


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Natural Justice

Natural Justice works at the intersection of human rights and environmental law. Their vision is the conservation and sustainable use of biological diversity through the self-determination of Indigenous peoples and local communities.

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Asociación Sotz´il - Centro para la Investigación y Planificasión del Desarollo Maya

Asociación Sotz´il – Centro para la Investigación y Planificasión del Desarollo Maya, is a Mayan organisation with the main objective of strengthening the development of the indigenous movements in Guatemala, within the framework of their collective rights and values of their identity, cultures and cosmovisions, and guided by demands from the communities. The organisation is a member of the Consejo Indígena de Centro América (CICA). During 2016 – 2017 Sotz´il holds the global coordination of the International Indigenous Forum on Biodiversity (IIFB):


Tebtebba is an indigenous peoples’ organisation and institution which does research, documentation and publication; education and training; policy advocacy; communications strategy; partnership development and institution building; and socio-cultural economic development.

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United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is the UN’s global development network, advocating for change and connecting countries to knowledge, experience and resources to help people build a better life. SwedBio is contributing to the Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services Network, BES-Net, webportal.

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WorldFish aims to reduce poverty and hunger by improving fisheries and aquaculture in areas of Africa, Asia and the Pacific where there are high levels of food insecurity.

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