Questions and Answers
What is the Jarl Hjalmarson Foundation?
The Jarl Hjalmarson Foundation is an organization affiliated with the Swedish centre-right party, Moderaterna. Its activities are primarily funded by the Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA) within the frame of party affiliated democracy support.
What is party affiliated democracy support?
The goal with supporting democracy development (through the party affiliated organizations) is to contribute to the development of a well functioning party system, political involvement, and democratic political systems. Furthermore, the support aims at promoting a representative democracy. The funds for the party affiliated organizations are distributed in accordance with the amount of seats in the Parliament.
What does the Jarl Hjalmarson Foundation do?
The Hjalmarson foundation runs projects in some 30 countries. Our primary work is conducted through education and information on the principles of democracy and European integration. We arrange study trips for our partner organizations to EU institutions in Brussels or educational seminars in our partner countries or in Sweden. In connection to Swedish elections, we invite participants from our partner parties to join the campaigns and learn from them. Most of our seminars and educational programs are design to fit the needs of each sister party.
With whom does the foundation co-operates?
The foundation co-operate with centre-right parties and organization. Within Europe, we co-operate with member parties of the European People’s Party (EPP). As for the rest of the world, our partners are members in the International Democrat Union (IDU) and its regional subsidiaries. In addition to our partner parties, the Foundation coordinates with other international foundations promoting democracy and freedom. These include the German Konrad Adenauer Stiftung and Hanns Seidel Stiftung as well as the British Westminster Foundation for Democracy.
What’s the purpose?
The aim of our activities is to support our partners in developing strong and democratic party structures. The Foundation educates and counsels our partners on i.e. policy, media and strategy. The overall purpose is to strengthen our partners’ dedication to democracy, market economy, the rule of law, human rights and tolerance. An important aspect is to encourage cross party co-operation within the democratic system in each country.
Who takes part in the educational programs?
The Foundation works with centre-right parties and organisations in countries in need of democracy development. These parties, together with the JHS, select participants for the educational programs run by the Foundation. Our operations to a large extent focus on youth and women, thereby reaching those who, in ten to twenty years time, will shape politics in these developing democracies.
Who are the lecturers?
Every year, the Jarl Hjalmarson Foundation arranges some 100 seminars involving even more lecturers, all working as volunteers. Our speakers are crucial to our work. Many of them are connected to Moderaterna, but they speak in accordance to their own specific competence.
Our activities include seminars in Sweden on multiple themes. We often invite key persons from our project partners in order for them to give their view on the development in their countries to a Swedish audience.
However, most parts of our operations are conducted abroad in co-operation with our partner parties. One common form of seminar is a three day seminar, attended by invited speakers who cover specific topics, such as campaigning or communication.
Who works at the Foundation?
The Foundation has nine employees. The managing director is Mrs. Eva Gustavsson, who is also the International Secretary of Moderaterna.