SILC supports activism for democracy and human rights. Current programmes are focused on Post-Soviet Eastern Europe, Egypt, Tunisia, Cuba and Venezuela.
SILC has its own publishing house, Silc förlag, which publishes two books a year on democracy activism in challenging environments.
SILC takes a visible part in the Swedish debate on development aid and foreign policy.
Headquartered in Stockholm, SILC currently has a staff of ten, of which four are working from the programme office in Vilnius, Lithuania. SILC’s annual turnover is approximately €2 million (2016).
SILC is organisationally associated with the Swedish Liberal party (Liberalerna).