The Centre Party International Foundation, CPIF, is a Swedish Party Affiliated Organization (PAO) established in 1995 by the Swedish Centre Party. It shares the same core values as the Centre Party, a social liberal, green party with a strong emphasis on sustainability and decentralization.
“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 overall objective for our activities is to support democratic development and increased respect for human rights in developing countries.
To achieve the overall objective our activities are to focus on two areas:
- Support for sister parties and affiliated political movements and organizations, with the goal of ensuring well-functioning democratic political parties.
- Support for multiparty systems, with the goal of ensuring well-functioning, democratically based multiparty systems.
The work of the Centre Party International Foundation
In terms of the first area, support for sister parties and affiliated political movements and organizations, the Centre Party International Foundation currently supports sister parties in Burkina Faso - ADF/RDA, Malawi – NARC, and Bosnia and Herzegovina - Nasa Stranka. The aim of our support is capacity building. To achieve it, we implement a three step program 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.
In this area CPIF also supports two civil rights organizations, one in Belarus and one in Burkina Faso.
In terms of the second area, support for multiparty systems, the Centre Party International Foundation is one of the implementers of the Program for Young Politicians in Africa (PYPA). PYPA is a ground breaking capacity building program aimed at young politicians in eleven African countries. It is a true multiparty initiative since both implementers and beneficiaries of the program come from political parties with different ideologies. It is the fruit of collaboration between four of the seven Swedish PAOs, two from the government and two from the opposition. Specifically, the Centre Party International Foundation implements the program in Burkina Faso, Benin, Mali and Niger.
Beyond the actual activities, one of the added values for our 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, we have built a platform of mutual collaboration which supports the exchange of knowledge and experiences. It gives both sides the possibility to network and create 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.