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.  

Seeking support from SwedBio

In order to receive support and establish a collaboration, please read through the criteria for support and the and the guidelines for submission of proposals 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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Environmental Management and Economic Development Organization (EMEDO)

The Environmental Management and Economic Development Organization (EMEDO) is a public interest organization based in Tanzania, formed as a response to the environmental, social and economic challenges facing the Lake Victoria region. EMEDO is committed to strengthen communities’ capacities in fighting poverty. EMEDO hosts the secretariat of the African Network of Women Fish Processors and Traders (AWFISHNET), which SwedBio supports. AWFISHNET is a nascent continental network of women fish workers that operates as a non-profit, non-political and non-religious organization. The network is composed of 28 national-level members from Africa. AWFISHNET works to improve the prosperity, working conditions and income of women in the fisheries sector, especially post-harvest, while contributing to the reversal of adverse effects on the environment by fisheries activities along the value-chain.

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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International Collective in Support of Fishworkers (ICSF)

The International Collective in Support of Fishworkers (ICSF) is a non-profit international NGO established in 1986. ICSF’s vision is a future in which fishing communities and fishworkers lead a life of dignity, realizing their right to life and livelihood, and organizing to foster democracy, equity, sustainable development, and responsible use of natural resources.

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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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Social Need Education and Human Awareness (SNEHA)

Social Need Education and Human Awareness (SNEHA), based in Nagapattinam, India is a registered non-governmental organisation has been working intensely in the grassroots on the issues of environmental justice, gender equity, and child rights with the coastal communities for the past 35 years.

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. Watch this video on the WorldFish-SwedBio project in the Pacifics.

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