Svensk partner: Region Gotland

Demokratimiljoner till kommuner och regioner

Internationellt Centrum för Lokal Demokrati, ICLD, beviljar sammanlagt 7,3 miljoner kronor till tre svenska kommuner och en region för deras demokratiprojekt tillsammans med en internationell partnerkommun. Det är Växjö, Kalix, Lycksele och Gotland som får ta del av pengarna.

Följande kommuner och region har fått sina partnerskapsprojekt beviljade:

  • Växjö kommun ska tillsammans med kommunen JB Marks i Sydafrika samarbeta i ett projekt där medborgarna tydligare ska involveras i stadsplaneringen. Kvinnor, barn och låginkomsttagare är prioriterade målgrupper i projektet. Växjö kommun beviljas 1,5 miljoner SEK för ett treårigt projekt. Läs mer
  • Kalix kommun tillsammans med kommunen Masaka i Uganda ska arbeta i ett treårigt projekt där fokus ligger på att öka barn och ungas samhällsengagemang, men också öka föräldrars involvering. Syftet är att minska hemmasittande och psykisk ohälsa. Växjö kommun beviljas 2,55 miljoner SEK. Läs mer
  • Lycksele kommun får ytterligare 700 000 SEK till sitt befintliga projekt med Homa Bay i Kenya som arbetar för en långsiktig och hållbar vatten- och avfallshantering. Läs mer
  • Region Gotland ska tillsammans med sin partnerkommun Kibaha i Tanzania arbeta i ett treårigt projekt som motverkar könsbaserat våld, gender based violence. Region Gotland beviljas 1,5 miljoner SEK. Läs mer

– Det kan inte understrykas nog hur viktigt det är att involvera medborgare i centrala frågor inom kommunernas arbete, exempelvis inom stadsplanering, jämställdhet och ungdomsinflytande. Det är en grundbult för den lokala demokratin. Därför är vi glada att kunna bevilja partnerskapsprojekt som bidrar till detta!

Johan Lilja, generalsekreterare ICLD

Under oktober beviljade ICLD även medel till partnerskapsamarbeten mellan Västerås – Gabarone, Botswana och Falkenberg tillsammans med  Sundays River Valley och distriktet Sarah Baartman i Sydafrika.

Om Kommunala partnerskap

Ett kommunalt partnerskap är ett internationellt samarbete och erfarenhetsutbyte som stärker den lokala demokratiutvecklingen i den egna kommunen samtidigt som lokala lösningar och arbetssätt gynnar den globala utvecklingen.

Kommunala partnerskap ger svenska kommuner och regioner möjlighet att bidra till att stärka demokratiutveckling och mänskliga rättigheter i en annan del av världen. Läs mer om kommunala partnerskap.

Globala mål
17 - Genomförande och globalt partnerskap
Svensk partner
Kalix kommunLycksele kommunRegion GotlandVäxjö Kommun
Internationell partner
Homa BayJB Marks Local MunicipalityKibaha Town CouncilMasaka District Local Government Council
Etiketter
beviljade partnerskapsprojekt, demokratiprojekt, kommunala partnerskap,

Region Gotland and Kibaha Town Council

Project: Together against Gender Based Violence

The project focuses on tackling gender-based violence (GBV) in Kibaha and Region Gotland with a specific focus on societal cooperation to address this urgent concern. It aims to enhance knowledge and implementation of national strategies, identifying gaps in gender desks and administrative levels at the village level in Kibaha. Key steps include developing a GBV training manual and educating residents on reporting incidents and accessing support.


The recent data from Tanzania highlights concerning rates of violence against girls and women, with nearly 30% of girls experiencing sexual violence before the age of 18. The National Five-Year Development Plan of Tanzania aims to combat gender-based violence (GBV) and violence against children (VAC) across 184 councils, including Kibaha Town Council (KTC). In KTC, data from 2020/21 to 2022/23 reveals a significant increase in GBV cases, including physical violence, psychological abuse, sexual assaults, and child abandonment. Instances of psychological abuse rose from 270 (2020) to 460 (2022), while reported sexual and gender-based violence cases increased from 92 (2020) to 300 (2022). Child abandonment cases also surged from 165 (2020) to 218 (2022). These alarming statistics signify a grave violation of human and child rights as outlined in international covenants.

In response, KTC and the Kibaha Education Centre (KEC) propose an awareness campaign titled “An Awareness Campaign to fight Gender Based Violence across Kibaha Town Council.” The initiative aims to address and mitigate the escalating GBV issues within Kibaha, aligning with national efforts outlined in Tanzania’s development plan.

Projektområde
Inclusive leadership and governance
Globala mål
5 - Jämställdhet
Svensk partner
Region Gotland
Internationell partner
Kibaha Town Council

Region Gotland and Kibaha, Tanzania

Together Towards Sustainable Development Goals

The project aim is to create awareness and engagement on the Global Goals among students and stakeholders in secondary schools in Kibaha and on Gotland. The method will be to analyse strengths and weaknesses together in a dialogue based process in both organisations. Then an action plan on how to implement the work towards Sustainable Development Goals in teaching in two schools in Kibaha and Wisbygymnasiet. By creating awareness among students of the connection between local and global, the contribution from schools in the work toward SDG:s will increase.

Projektområde
Education
Svensk partner
Region Gotland
Internationell partner
Kibaha Town Council

Gotland and Kibaha, Tanzania

Project: Gender Equity project

This project’s aims at reducing gender inequality in decision making bodies in Kibaha Education Center and Kibaha Town Council.

Through the problem analysis a high level of gender inequality was revealed. The definition of Decision-making bodies in this application is politicians and management at different levels from street leaders all the way up to full council. Some of the causes of this this problem consists of lack of awareness in Decision-making bodies on gender equality, lack och self-confidence among women, absence of gender-based budgeting at local level and ineffective implementation of gender mainstreaming policy at a local level.

The intermediate objectives of this project are: Decision-making bodies awareness and education on gender balance enhanced, self confidence among women boosted, gender education among men enhanced, policy on gender mainstreaming at local level effectively implemented, experts of gender education and gender mainstreaming produced, gender based budgeting at Kibaha Town Council enhanced.

Some of the indicators to capture these intermediate objectives are: number of gender awareness workshops conducted, percentage of women empowered for self-confidence (self assessment), the amount of budget allocated for gender activities at the municipal level. This project is planned to run for three years from 2019 until 2022.

Projektområde
Inclusive leadership and governance
Globala mål
5 - Jämställdhet
Svensk partner
Region Gotland
Internationell partner
Kibaha Town Council

Zmijivka – Pilot village in a period of transition 2017 – 2020

The background is that in 1930 Gotland receive the majority of the returning Swedes from Gammalsvenskbyn in Ukraine, after they arrived in Sweden in 1929. The Swedish villagers have been a very substantial part of Gotland since. After Ukraine’s liberation in 1991 written a twinning agreement between the Municipality of Gotland and Gammalsvenskby 2001. Since July 1, 2016 are two ongoing ICLD funded projects focusing on democracy and agriculture.

In the Ukrainian village called Zmijivka now, it has about 2,400 inhabitants today. Most live on self-agricultural. The standard of living equivalent to about 50 years behind in development compared to Gotland. Tourism is alongside agriculture is the dominant economic sector. It has since Ukraine’s liberation from and to have been a pretty important source of income for the village.

The main objective of the project is to Zmijivka begin the journey towards becoming a pilot-village in times of change within the community. It should be done by bysovjeten working actively to develop both the democratic decision-making bodies/processes and local businesses.

Berislav municipality, which consists of 29 villages which Zmijivka is one, is currently facing a local government. It can best be likened to large municipal reform in Sweden in 1952. The individual villages will be merged into three municipal centers, or will all power centralized in the only city that exists, Berislav.

Today there is no collaboration between business stakeholders in Zmijivka. There is also no democratic platform/agencies where business opportunities can be lifted. The lack of democratic work and capacity is palpable.

Projektområde
Inclusive leadership and governance
Svensk partner
Region Gotland
Internationell partner
Zmijivka Mayor

Women empowerment

This is a one-year project in the field of local democracy and local administration, resulting from the partnership between Gotland and Jhansi municipalities, focusing on the issues of women empowerment. The project is aimed at addressing issues that influence or affect women empowerment in one way or another. These include:

  • Issues of choice
  • Power and influence
  • Ownership of resources
  • Gender roles cast and classes
  • Education

The overall objective of this project is to come up with possible ways of addressing gender inequality. The main activities planned for revolve around capacity building and education; as these will boost morale and self awareness among the women and also give those skills and knowledge that will influence their ability to make informed choices.

It is hoped that from the trainings and capacity building exercises, the participants will become mentors to the entire municipality and in turn all the women living in the area will be reached in one way or another. Other expected results include; increased participation of women in decision making within the local authorities, perceived equality in the society and general improvements in democracy as a whole.

Projektområde
Inclusive leadership and governance
Svensk partner
Region Gotland
Internationell partner
Municipality of Jhansi

Kibaha Water Project

This is a mutually beneficial partnership to both Gotland and Kibaha municipality which was initiated in the year 2000, as a technical cooperation in the area of strengthening working environment and water supply.

The goal of the project is to strengthen labour safety, water supply and waste water management for about 4000 people at Kibaha Education Centre, (KEC), Kibaha.

Substantial rehabilitation of KECs water distribution system is the objective and this will be achieved through different activities including:

  • Constructing and installing water pipelines, reservoirs and 2 distributing pump stations.
  • A system for water metering and charge of water is also included in the plan.
  • Inputs for maintenance and administration will also be improved to cater for sustainability.

It is also a hope that achieved results will be replicable in Kibaha town that has about 4000 residents. All activities are carried out in close cooperation, granting a substantial learning process for both parties. The parties’ expectations and overall objective is that Kibaha town will at the end of the project period, have a well functioning and sustainable water supply system and a strengthened work environment.

Projektområde
Technical Services and Infrastructure
Svensk partner
Region Gotland
Internationell partner
Kibaha Town Council

Kibaha Water Management Project

To cooperate with Kibaha Town Council (KTC) and Kibaha Education Centre (KEC) to achieve a sustainable water supply in Kibaha Education Centre (operational, maintenance and servicing) and a functioning water supply in the village Msangani.

The overall project objective: People and institutions within the KEC have a fully functioning water supply with operation of the procedures for billing of water charges and payment of costs. The facilities are operated and maintained by a well-functioning management, or private contractor. The people in Msangani, (KTC) have access to water at a walking distance not exceeding 400 m. The plants are operated and maintained by a well-functioning water group / committee, or private contractor.

Project purpose:

  • The water system at KEC has a supply of water to a lower cost per m3 than today. Water losses have been reduced from over 50 % to 25 % of delivered water quantity. KEC has an efficient management of finance, operations and maintenance of their water systems.
  • Msangani village has a facility for the distribution of water to the residents completed to at least 50 % of the final constructions. Msangani village has an ongoing training of a local water committee
Projektområde
Technical Services and Infrastructure
Svensk partner
Region Gotland

Kibaha Solid Waste Project (KSWP)

Kibaha Town Council (KTC) and Kibaha Education Centre (KEC) in collaboration with the Region Gotland are working to improve waste management in Kibaha Town, an increased public awareness of waste in order to achieve such as reduced litter, increased collection of waste, improved safety, increased waste sorting and recycling.

The overall project objective: Kibaha Town Council works actively to promote a sustainable waste management in which examples of development and improvement areas are: working environment, collection, disposal of waste into recycling or disposal, and increased awareness among community members. 

Project purpose: Kibaha Town Council carries out simple steps to improve the current collection system and enhance the collection of waste.

Staff is also given the opportunity for skills development and opportunities for recycling and disposal of waste are studied. KTC is also working to increase awareness of waste by participation and simple information campaigns, which can increase collection and reduce problems with litter and contribute to a cleaner urban environment / surroundings. Special risks associated with hazardous waste should be considered in the work and opportunities for collection of hazardous waste for separate disposal should be investigated.

Projektområde
Technical Services and Infrastructure
Svensk partner
Region Gotland
Internationell partner
Kibaha Town Council

Kibaha Cultural Information Project (KCIP) 2014-2016

The project will focus on finding a method for using music, dance and theater (also called story telling in Tanzania) for spreading information to school children and youth about important water, waste and environmental issues to improve the local awareness both in Gotland and in Kibaha.

Using cultural expressions when spreading important messages is well known in Tanzania and Gotland can learn a lot from this. The experience the School of Performing Arts in Region Gotland has with using music, dance and theatre when spreading information on different themes is also good in Gotland. But in this project it is a special type of information that needs a method in its concept.

Gotland has good examples to share with Kibaha. Information campaign through cultural expressions can give a very good support to the operative work the municipalities are doing in the water and waste areas. It will help the two parties to raise the local public awareness on issues like water, waste and environment. The project will focus on working in schools both in Kibaha and in Gotland. Teachers and local development officers will cooperate between the two municipalities how to develop a method which is applicable both in Kibaha and Gotland. This will also spread to the children’s families and others in the societies. There will be exchange activities in the school in Gotland and Kibaha.

Projektområde
Education
Svensk partner
Region Gotland
Internationell partner
Kibaha Town Council