The Foundation “Qemal Stafa” welcomes and appreciates the contribution of partners and donators to support us in achieving our goals and priorities.

The Olof Palme International Center

The Olof Palme International Center is a Swedish labor mobility organization and works in the spirit of Olof Palme for democracy, human rights and peace. The Swedish Work Movement has a long tradition of solidarity and together with their 27 member organizations cooperate with people and organizations around the world in places such as Palestine, Serbia, South Africa, the Philippines and the Western Balkan countries.

The Olof Palme International Center was founded in 1992 by the Swedish Social Democratic Party, the Confederation of Swedish Trade Unions and the Swedish Cooperative Union. The Board is composed by representatives of member organizations. Director is Wanja Lundy-Wedin and General Secretary is Anna Sundström.

Palm Center and their member organizations are engaged in over 200 development projects in more than 20 countries. Their main goal is to reach out and empower people to change their societies and thus their lives through the development of projects. Women, young people and core activists are the main target groups. The international network of Swedish labor movement creates a space for cooperation with global partners and one of them is the “Qemal Stafa” Foundation. A valuable collaboration in combining our shared values and intentions.

We are happy that Olof Palme International Center is our main supporter in the project of the Regional Political Academy.

Foundation for Social Democracy

The Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) is the oldest political foundation in Germany with a rich tradition in social democracy dating back to its foundation in 1925. The foundation owes its formation and its mission to the political legacy of its namesake Friedrich Ebert, the first democratically elected German President.

The work of the political foundation focuses on the core ideas and values of social democracy – freedom, justice and solidarity. This connects them to social democracy and free trade unions. As a non-profit institution, they organise their work autonomously and independently.


  • free society, based on the values of solidarity, which offers all its citizens the same opportunities to participate on political, economic, social and cultural levels, regardless of their origin, sex or religion;
  • lively and strong democracy; sustainable economic growth with decent work for all;
  • welfare state that provides more education and improved healthcare, but at the same time combats poverty and provides protection against the challenges that life throws at citizens;
  • country that is responsible for peace and social progress in Europe and in the world.

FES support and strengthen social democracy in particular by means of:

Political educational work to strengthen civil society. Their political education programs in Germany motivate, enable, inform and qualify citizens to successfully engage in political, trade union and civil spheres. We improve citizens’ participation in social discussions and decision-making processes.

Think Tanks: They develop strategies on the core issues of economic, social and educational policies as well as on key issues that advance democracy. At the crossroad where think tanks, academia and political practitioners meet, they create a public discourse for a just and sustainable economic and social order on a national, European and worldwide level.

International cooperation: With our international network of offices in more than 100 countries, we support a policy for peaceful cooperation and human rights, promote the establishment and consolidation of democratic, social and constitutional structures and are pioneers for free trade unions and a strong civil society. They are actively involved in promoting a social, democratic and competitive Europe in the European integration process.

Support for talented young people with scholarship programs, in particular for students and doctoral candidates from low-income families or with a migrant background. This is their contribution to increasing educational democracy.

The collective memory of social democracy: Their archive, library and contemporary history projects keep the historical roots of social democracy and the trade unions alive and provide support for sociopolitical and historical research.

Foundation for European Progressive Studies

The only progressive think tank at European level. FEPS establishes an intellectual crossroad between social democracy and the European project, putting fresh thinking into the core of its action. As a platform for ideas and dialogue, FEPS works in close collaboration with social democratic organizations, and in particular national foundations and think tanks across Europe, to tackle the challenges that Europe faces today. Close to the Party of European Socialists (PES), the S & D Group in the European Parliament, the PES Group in the Committee of the Regions, Young European Socialists and PES women, but nevertheless independent.

FEPS embodies a new way of thinking on the social democratic, socialist and labor scene in Europe.

Their purpose is to nourish a fresh progressive dialogue through its research, which includes the Next Left and Millennial Dialogue programs. Activities are personally and online are available in different formats. The FEPS Progressive Post magazine and the European Progressive Observatory digital platform as well as further publications and events are where you can find our material.

FEPS General Assembly held on the Friday 29th of June 2018 considered our application to collaborate and contribute on it’s structures, projects and progressive ideas, and since 9th of July 2018 the Foundation “Qemal Stafa” is officially an observer member of FEPS.

Foundation Max van der Stoel

The Foundation Max van der Stoel (FMS) is a Dutch foundation that works for international solidarity. Their focus is on international democratization and the lobby for coherent development policy.

Within the FMS, these objectives are bundled into three pillars: democracy, development and dialogue. Within the pillar democracy, international democratization is pursued through bilateral training. “Development” stands for lobbying in The Hague and Brussels for an equal relationship between developing countries, the Netherlands and the EU. The last pillar, dialogue encompasses public activities in the Netherlands and Brussels.

With the help of stimulating discussion papers, they contribute to the formation of ideas and the public debate about international cooperation in the Netherlands. The FMS regularly organizes public meetings and expert meetings in the Netherlands on developments in countries and regions.

The Max Van Der Stoel Foundation cooperated with the Foundation “Qemal Stafa” bringing us two Dutch trainers for the Political Academy organized on 27-29 of April in Vlora.

Anna Graumans and Thijs Kirckhoff were the lecturures of the training topic: About the roots and values of social democracy.

National Democratic Institute

The National Democratic Institute is a non-profit and a non-governmental organization that has supported democratic institutions and practices in every region of the world for more than three decades.

Since its founding in 1983, NDI and its local partners have been working to create and strengthen political and civil organizations to protect the elections and promote citizen participation, transparency and accountability in government.

The institute is based and functions on the principles embodied in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. It also promotes the development of institutionalized communication methods among citizens, political institutions and elected officials, and strengthens their ability to improve the quality of life for all citizens.

NDI’s work is possible thanks to an international network of dedicated partners and supporters. The collaboration with the Foundation “Qemal Stafa” is continuous, by providing lectureres on various trainings with themes that reinforce our mutual goals and aspirations.

Karl Renner Institute

The Karl Renner Institute is the political academy of the Austrian Social Democratic Movement.

Karl Renner has nine regional offices that try to orient and modify their individual programs according to the requests, needs and desires of their clients, aiming to achieve the institutes’ objectives.

The Karl Renner Institute, through the training of its representatives, the creation of forums for political discussions, or the involvement of experts from different fields in the development and realization of new political positions, aims to optimize the party structures and its representatives and to create a discourse among experts from various fields and the Austrian Social Democratic Party.

The Karl Renner Institute is also involved in international educational work. Together with other sister organizations, it particularly seeks to support the new democracies of Central and Eastern Europe and help integrate them into the mainstream of European political life.

Institution Karl Renner will be one of the future associates in the Political Academy that the Foundation “Qemal Stafa” will organize on the 27-29 of July in Kukes represented by Lothar Tsapchka, lecturer on communication, elocution and rhetoric.