Frequently Asked Questions

1. WHEN AND WHERE IS THE NEXT CHALLENGES FORUM EVENT TAKING PLACE?

Events are generaly only advertised on the Challenges Forum Partner pages, where a log in with password is required. Otherwise information about the events are made available immediately upon their completion. Please contact the Secreteriat for more information on a specific upcoming event. 

2. WHO CAN PARTICIPATE IN THE CHALLENGES ANNUAL FORUM AND OTHER CHALLENGES FORUM EVENTS?

The Challenges Annual Forum and other Challenges Forum events are open to leading peace operations practitioners, diplomats and academics, including non-partners. Participation is by invitation-only. Please contact the Secreteriat for more information.
Read more about the previous forums and seminars here.

3. WHICH ARE THE PARTNER ORGANIZATIONS AND COUNTRIES OF THE CHALLENGES FORUM?

The Partnership of the Challenges Forum is formed by governmental and non-governmental organizations/authorities from 22 countries involved in multilateral peace operations.
Read more about the Partners here.

4. HOW DO YOU JOIN THE CHALLENGES FORUM?

Partners or organizations that are interested in and work towards achieving the aims of the Challenges Forum and are willing to contribute to its outcomes with advice, work and resources are welcome to join. New Partners are expected to contribute by hosting a Challenges Annual Forum or contribute with an equivalent undertaking to a Challenges Forum event, concept and/or doctrine development or other undertaking.

5. WHO TAKES THE DECISIONS IN THE CHALLENGES FORUM?

Representatives of the Partner Organizations form the Steering Committee of the Challenges Forum. This group decides the overall direction and activities of the Challenges Forum on a consensus basis. The Steering Committee holds a Partners’ Meeting in connection with the main Challenges Forum activities, annually or bi-annually. The agenda is  based on input from Partner Organizations and is prepared and administered by the International Secretariat on behalf of the Partnership.
Read more about the organization of Challenges Forum here.

6. WHO FUNDS THE CHALLENGES FORUM?

All Partners provide in-kind contribution to the Challenges Forum activities. To become a member, an incoming Partner funds a major Challenges Forum event. Challenges Forum Partners host Challenges Forum events on a rotating basis and then cover all costs connected to the holding of the event and sponsors a limited number of speakers and participants that would otherwise not be able to come. The International Secretariat is funded by the Swedish Governement Agency (under the Ministry of Foreign Affairs) the Folke Bernadotte Academy, the Swedish Armed Forces, and the Swedish Police and Swedish the National Prison and Probation Service. External donations to fund activities of the Challenges Forum are possible. Should you like to make a contribution to the Challenges Forum please contact the International Secretariat for more details.

7. WHO COORDINATES THE CHALLENGES FORUM?

An International Secretariat hosted by the Folke Bernadotte Academy (an agency under the Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairs) in cooperation with the Swedish Armed Forces,the Swedish Police and the Swedish National Prison and Probation Service.

8. WHAT ARE THE CRITERIA FOR BECOMING A PARTNER?

The Partnership consists of organizations that are major contributors in the field of peace operations; military, police and/or civilian. In addition to supporting the aim of the Challenges Forum, the Partners represent a multidimensional group of organizations of practitioners, diplomats and academics from all continents of the world. Half are from the global south and half are from the north. Half are civilian including police, and half are military. The Challenges Forum Steering Committee decides on accepting new Partners for membership.

9. HOW WAS THE CHALLENGES FORUM INITIATED?

The Challenges Project was founded in 1996 by Ms. Annika Hilding Norberg, now Director of the Challenges Forum Secretariat, when she was a research student at the London School of Economics and Political Science. The Challenges Forum concept was developed in close cooperation with the National Defence College of Sweden, the Russian Public Policy Centre, the Institute of Diplomacy of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. The first seminar was arranged in 1997 at the Swedish National Defence College in Stockholm. The Secretariat is hosted by the Folke Bernadotte Academy in Stockholm since 2003.
Read more about the history of the Challenges Forum here.