Under 2015 har Svalorna arbetat fram en ny strategi för åren 2015-2020 som definierar de perspektiv som är grundläggande och formar arbetet framöver. Klicka på bilden för att läsa strategin.


Svalornas tidigare strategi för 2013-2017 – Together for change and social transformation går att läsa här nedan (på engelska).


Key Strategies

- We cooperate and collaborate with people and people´s organisations sharing our values, core principles, goals and objectives.

- We are strengthening competence and capacity through supporting projects and programmes focussing on:
•    Generation of knowledge through tailored learning processes
•    Organisational  – and institutional capacity building
•    Information exchange (documentation, dissemination, media strategies)
•    Establishment of horizontal and vertical networks and linkages in societies

- We are enhancing the voice of the vulnerable and marginalised through:
•    Awareness raising activities e.g. publications, seminars and other public events
•    Networking with public, civil and private organisations at local, national and international levels
•    Policy dialogues and debate

- We have strategic partners such as:
•    Forum Syd
•    Buzan Declaration and partners
•    Action Aid
•    Sida


Target Groups (who?)

People living in poverty, with a focus on particularly vulnerable or marginalised groups such as various minorities, women and landless.

- Each programme should identify and analyze its specific target group in line with the above priority.
- Particularly vulnerable groups are defined on the basis of local conditions.


Thematic Priorities (what?)

All interventions will start from a rights-based perspective, with particular focus on:
- Rights to natural resources.
- Strengthening the opportunities to economic security/rights for the poor and marginalised.
- Promoting the rule of law and the development of the civil society through mobilising disadvantaged groups. If the law is discriminating, lobbying towards a more inclusive and just law.
- Enhancing gender equality and the participation of women in all spheres of society.

- Each programme supported by The Swallows IB should focus on at least one of the above thematic priorities.
- The specific theme for a programme is decided in dialogue with the local partners.
- Setting the above priorities does not mean that individual actions within a programme that fall within other thematic areas are excluded.


Geographical Area (where?)

Today The Swallows IB is engaged in development cooperation in two countries: India and Bangladesh located in the South Asia region. We work in these countries due to historical reasons and today the cooperation with our partners in India and Bangladesh is permeated by sound knowledge and well established relationships.

Vulnerable areas in South Asia where there is a great potential to achieve long-term sustainable improvements for the target groups within our thematic priorities.

- For each programme the geographical area should be defined in dialogue with the local partners and in accordance with the above priorities.
- Entering new geographical areas and establishment of contacts with new local partners is encouraged. This should be done in dialogue with existing partners, on the basis of the identified needs in the specific programme, and should be in line with the above priorities.


Methods (how?)

We view development cooperation in terms of processes that are based on working together with local organisations that share our values and have the local knowledge and expertise. The basis of our work is long-term partnerships, while at the same time we make sure that our  interventions are sustainable and do not create dependency.

Supporting networks and movements
We focus on process oriented participation, including strengthening networks at local, regional and national levels. Many of our partner organisations have their own networks of partners working towards common goals. They have joined together for a specific purpose, may it be to have a common voice in advocacy work or to build their capacity and learn from each other. We believe that supporting existing networks and movements is an effective and sustainable way of reaching our objectives and achieving our vision.

Programme form
A programme expresses an ambition for a long-term commitment and engagement in a development issue. Our programmes include the following:

- Focus on a socially and/or geographically defined group of people, so-called target group.
- Engagement in a problem area that falls within the framework of poverty reduction and rights to the resources necessary for a dignified life.
- Cooperation with like-minded local partners engaged in similar efforts.
- Result-oriented cooperation towards measurable goals.
- Possibility to concrete actions that lead to improvements in the foreseeable future.
- Regular follow-up.

The main purpose for structuring our development efforts in programmes is to improve the quality of our work through long-term thinking and more effective planning and monitoring of results. Programme work brings together different activities and efforts within a common framework and makes goals and visions clearer. We see development as a process and programme work as providing the continuity necessary for achieving sustainable long-term impacts.

In our programmes we seek to strengthen the cooperation between local organisations. This leads to synergies that make the results of the programmes greater than the sum of the individual efforts of each organisation. Furthermore, we seek to bring together various actors in our programmes for achieving greater impact:

- Small local organisations which have the grassroots knowledge and expertise in order to make sure that our interventions start from the grassroots and benefit the grassroots in the way defined by them,
- Research organisations or organisations with expertise in methods and tools in order to ensure the quality of the intervention, and
- Organisations which are strong in advocacy and lobby work in order to achieve change at policy level.

The figure below illustrates the form a programme could take. However, in some cases one organisation could fulfil more than one function and it is not necessary that all programmes should bring together more than one organisation.

Ideally, in order to ensure sustainability the organisations coming together within the framework of a programme do this at their own initiative or interest. In this context the importance of supporting already existing networks and movements becomes apparent.


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