Church of Sweden’s international department is working against injustices and global problems with a focus on change and problem solving. Our cooperation was initiated during 2012 and has expanded with a purpose of reinforcing both organisations’ capacity building and information/advocacy work. The aim for the Foundation is to make the Award and the Laureates’ work better known in Sweden as well as to strengthen the support to the Laureates. Activities include:
- seminars with new Laureates in Stockholm every December (in cooperation with other organisations),
- Laureates taking part in key Swedish events on global issues such as the Human Rights Days and the Gothenburg Book Fair,
- the exhibition who cares!about Right Livelihood Award Laureates,
- regional conferences around the world with Laureates and Church of Sweden partners with the focus on creating enabling environments for civil society activists,
- Laureates’ participation in major international conferences and meetings through the Church of Sweden’s international network, and
- press visits and solidarity visits to regions where our Laureates live and the Church of Sweden is active.
The City of Bonn
The City of Bonn has been supporting the Foundation’s activities since 2010, when the 30th anniversary conference was held there. This was made possible thanks to the invitation of the City of Bonn, which hosted and organized the conference. The partnership with the City of Bonn extends to support for the activities of the Right Livelihood College campus at the Center for Development Research (ZEF) at the University of Bonn, which became the Global Secretariat of the initiative in 2014. Several meetings and conferences of Laureates, academics and young people have taken place in Bonn during the last years.
Deutsche Welle (DW) is Germany’s international broadcaster. Around 3,000 employees and freelancers from 60 countries work in DW’s headquarters in Bonn and main studio in Berlin, broadcasting in 30 different languages and reaching over 118 million people weekly worldwide. Since 2015, Deutsche Welle has been producing,pro bono, short video portraits of Right Livelihood Award Laureates screened during the award ceremony. The Foundation and the Right Livelihood College also participate in the annual DW Global Media Forum, which brings together some 2,000 experts to discuss the role of media in politics and civil society.
The Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies is the first research and higher education institution in the world dedicated entirely to the study of world affairs. Located in the heart of international Geneva, the Institute is headquartered in Maison de la Paix, which hosts several organisations active in the fields of peace, international affairs and sustainable development, including the Right Livelihood Award Foundation representative office. The Graduate Institute and the Foundation co-host the annual debate with the Right Livelihood Award Laureates in Geneva, and collaborate on various research and educational projects.
The Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) is Switzerland’s international cooperation agency within the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs. In 2015, the Foundation entered into a five-year partnership with SDC to establish a second home for the Right Livelihood Award in international Geneva with the following objectives:
- contribute towards better support and protection for the Laureates, especially those at risk;
- provide new opportunities for Laureates to work with Geneva-based institutions of higher education;
- gain greater visibility for the Award and its Laureates, collaborate with leading experts in the fields of peace, human rights, and humanitarian affairs whose views can sharpen assessment of award nominees, and
- foster an exchange between visiting Laureates, Swiss civil society, and leading personalities from international governmental and non-governmental institutions.
Another Swedish partner is the renowned Vasa Museum, a Swedish history museum around the Viking ship Vasa, which sank and was salvaged in almost original condition. Since 2013, the museum provides the venue for a dinner for our Laureates and some of the Foundation’s closest friends during the annual award week. In 2014, the museum seconded one of its staff members to the Foundation, who developed the traveling exhibition who cares! about Right Livelihood Award Laureates.
The State of Salzburg, in cooperation with Verein Tauriska and other partners hosted and organised the 20th and 25th anniversary conferences of the RLA. They continue to organise smaller eventswith Laureates and foundation representatives.