About us

ForumCiv is a politically and religiously unaffiliated development cooperation organization with around 200 member organizations from Swedish civil society. Together we work with human and civil rights and facilitate popular participation around the globe.

ForumCiv was founded in 1995 and is the largest civil society platform in Sweden. We have offices in Stockholm, Sweden and in five other countries through which we provide direct support to local organizations on the ground. We mediate grants from Sida (the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency) to Swedish organizations cooperating with local partners in 70 countries. ForumCiv also advocates for just and sustainable development.

Our work centres on enabling people to organize to claim their rights and take control of their lives; for it is only then that democracy can grow, resources can be distributed more fairly, and poverty can be reduced.


  • A just and sustainable world where all people have the power to effect change.

Our purpose

  • Strengthen marginalised people around the world who organize to claim their rights
  • Advocate for changes that contributes to a just and sustainable world.


ForumCiv's areas of work

Development cooperation

ForumCiv supports development cooperation worldwide. We believe in the vital role of civil society in contributing to the fulfilment of human rights, particularly by focusing on non-discrimination and active popular participation that makes democracy possible.

Advocacy work

By enhancing knowledge and advocating on critical issues, ForumCiv works to change the global structures that create poverty and violate human rights. ForumCiv keeps an active dialogue with decision makers to influence Sweden's and EU’s policies.

Capacity development

Within our capacity development framework we have several kinds of learning methods, such as online courses, workshops, conferences and seminars.

ForumCiv's approach to capacity development is to have a bottom-up perspective where the focus is on strengthening the existing capacities while using different learning perspectives adapted to the context and needs.

Project funding

ForumCiv gives financial support to civil society organizations working for human rights to be accessible for all people. We support civil society in over 70 countries.