Swedish partner: Falu kommun

Falun and Kolomyia

Area of Cooperation: Enhancing Infrastructure Equality

Falun and Kolomyia are set to collaborate, enhancing infrastructure equality with a focus on social perspectives in housing and construction. They will address challenges such as aging water systems, frequent emergencies, and floods, which affect health and mobility. Mobility disparities based on social factors will be considered, particularly for women and people with disabilities. Additionally, they plan to organize local waste management for safety, especially for women and children.

This partnership is part of the ICLD network for democratic reslience

Project Area
Technical Services and Infrastructure
Sustainable Development Goals
11 - Sustainable cities and communities16 - Peace, justice and strong institutions6 - Clean water and sanitation
Swedish partner
Falu kommun
International partner
Kolomyia

Falun and Mogale, South Africa

This project is part of the “Municipal Partnership for Human Rights” network, an international network of municipal partnerships between Swedish local authorities and their international counterparts in Southern Africa that are committed to achieving Agenda 2030 through a rights based approach and that are keen to work more systematically with human rights at a local level.

Falu municipality and Mogale City are part of this network to give the opportunity to jointly work in a project closely linked to the topic participation and influence related to Agenda 2030 goal 16. Both partners have identified a mutual challenge regarding a lack of youth participation in their municipalities and would like to explore further together what their organisations, as duty bearers, can to to ensure the rights of the child are better protected, respected and promoted within their municipality.

Project Area
Inclusive leadership and governance
Sustainable Development Goals
16 - Peace, justice and strong institutions
Topic
Child rights and youth participationHuman Rights
Swedish partner
Falu kommun
International partner
Mogale Local Municipality

Eight partnerships join network for human rights

Eight municipal partnerships will join the ICLD’s project network Municipal Partnerships for Human Rights. Alongside eight partner municipalities from Southern Africa, they will plan and carry out a project that will strengthen human rights and democracy at the local level.

On September 1st, the ICLD made a call for declarations of interests for the new initative Municipal Partnerships for Human Rights, which will create a network of municipal partnerships between Sweden and the Southern Africa-region. Six Swedish municipalities have now been accepted to the network; Falun, Bollnäs, Ovanåker, Kungsör, Piteå och Lund (links in Swedish). Two more are expected to join shortly. These municipalities have all been matched with one partner each from either South Africa, Botswana or Zambia.

We are proud to be able to celebrate Human Rights Day today on December 10th by investing in the local work for human rights and democracy in Sweden and Southern Africa. Our ambition is to create new good examples and methods on how to work with human rights locally, in order to spread these examples to more municipalities.

Johan Lilja, Secreterary General at the ICLD

The collaboration starts with a year of inception, where a three year project on the theme of human rights will be planned. Many municipalities have been interested in conducting projects about inclusion and participation of children and youth. This is an especially relevant topic in Sweden, where the UN Convention on the rights of the child became law on January 1st 2020. The municipalities have been granted 300 000 SEK for the inception year, the total sum for all four years may rise to close to three million SEK per partnership. The funds will finance the exchange between the municiplaities, such as travel, lodging annd other expenses in relation to exchange trips and network meetings.

Within the network, the municipalities will receive support from experts on human rights and researchers. The ICLD will arrange joint network activities for all partnerships, which in the first year will focus especially on how the municipalities can include civil society and universities in their upcoming projects.

Swedish partner
Bollnäs kommunFalu kommunKungsör kommunLunds kommunOvanåkers kommunPiteå kommun

Youth in Falun and Tsumeb make their voices heard

“A large share of the population is comprised by youth and they are also the ones that will create and carry our future society”

These words are Karin Perérs’s, project coordinator for the partnership between Falun in Sweden and Tsumeb Municipality in Namibia. The partnership started ten years ago and has since its inception yielded several successes within the areas of education, waste management, and city planning. The last project, “Participation and voice implementation” which finalized in the Spring of 2019, focused on youth influence and inclusion in local democracy, tackling mutual issues of youth exclusion from the society.

The importance of youth and making the voices heard guided the objective of the project: to encourage the participation and voices of young people, allowing them to contribute to the society they live in. Karin Perérs happily tell us about the achieved results: “They have realized that their voices matter, that they as a group have influence. They have realized how to collaborate to achieve their goals, and when they do, they do it successfully with great impact!”

Tsumeb benefitted greatly by the introduction of LUPP, a common tool in Sweden used to evaluate local youth’s life situations. In practice, LUPP is a survey tool utilized to increase organizations awareness of the situation, experiences and views of young people, which forms a basis for decision-making processes. In addition to learning the method, first survey was conducted in Tsumeb in 2018. The results of LUPP are namely used also to measure the effects of the other efforts made during the partnership, and in Falun the results have already shown some increase in youth influence.

In Tsumeb, various youth networks and forums have been established to strengthen collaboration and coordination. These forums have fostered important discussions between youth and adults in the municipalities on the topics of abuse, gender equality, pregnancies and HIV/AIDS. In addition, both physical and virtual meeting places have been created, for example, a group named “Born Free Group” which in collaboration with Tsumeb Municipality, has constructed a Youth Park, where youth can meet for various activities and discussions. This Youth Park has, in turn, inspired Falun to establish something similar, directed at unemployed youth and career counseling.

Youth from Falun and Tsumeb were also given the opportunity to participate in a youth exchange. “In addition to giving them skills and experiences that they carry with them for the rest of their lives, we saw that the opportunity allowed many of the youth to advance in life. Some of them have now found employment or are undertaking education.

Swedish partner
Falu kommun
International partner
Tsumeb municipality
Tags
youth inclusion,

Education for Democracy

The project’s goal is to increase the trainers’ ability to provide and, not least of all, benefit from basic and further training via the internet.

Project Area
Education
Swedish partner
Falu kommun
International partner
Municipality of Tsumeb

Participation and voice implementation

Through the feasibility study “Participation and voice” we have been able to identify the problem and basis for a collaborative project between the municipalities regarding democracy issues for young people. The feasibility study’s results show many similar challenges, but with different strengths of the partners.

A clear deficiency and thereby focus of the project is the municipality’s approach of creating or use the arenas for young people when dealing with regards to youth participation in society.

Subdivisions of the project have been slightly adjusted based on results and involves:

  • Participation in society. How the municipality works to get young people in work, encouraging entrepreneurship, jobs and active leisure?
  • Arenas for participation. To learn from each other arenas for dialogue and participation. In Falun there are library and youth lock where work and assignments are missing or looks different in Tsumeb. In Tsumeb are APC for spontaneous music and cultural activities and TRC (teachers Resources Centre) where experience and groundwork The project Education for Democracy can be used to more audiences.

Dialogue between policymakers and young people. The great study “loupe” is done in many places in Sweden and working is interesting to look upon. While other forms of dialogue between policymakers and young people are key areas to work with. Young people need to feel that they can influence their future and forums to make themselves heard.

Project Area
Social care and wellbeing
Swedish partner
Falu kommun
International partner
Tsumeb municipality

Sustainable Waste Management

A sustainable waste disposal system in the community of Tsumeb.

The Project Objective is to increase knowledge and competency concerning a sustainable waste disposal system in the community of Tsumeb.

The project can contribute to opening new opportunities for the citizens to use their powers of influence and thereby increase their level of participation. In order to succeed with a sustainable waste disposal system, the citizens must be actively involved and willing to participate in doing their part. In order to reach that goal, one has to find ways/groups to communicate with and to increase awareness.

By working for and hopefully succeeding with the changing of the waste disposal system into a more sustainable one, the local community can show a development that benefits both the environment and – at least in a larger perspective – the economy.

Project Area
Environment/Climate change
Swedish partner
Falu kommun
International partner
Tsumeb municipality

Good Governance and Municipal Management Development

Democracy and democratic methods are words often used without reflected upon. What does it stand for? It´s natural that the biggest party also hold the political power, but how do they use it and how is the power divided between politicians and municipal employees. In a functioning democracy is it very important that both politicians and employees are aware of and respect each other’s roles. These questions are always current both in countries like Sweden and in new democracies like Namibia.

The aim of the project is to create a strategy for the democratic work. To define the roles and thereby create an open society where both politicians and employees can feel safe in their roles and where the public easily can find their way to the correct person.

Expected results:

  • A clear division between roles in the respective organisation and in the long run a more effective organisation.
  • An organisation that is clear to the citizens and makes it easy to know who to contact on what issues.
  • A plan of action that will be possible to follow up on and consists of quantifiable data.
Project Area
Inclusive leadership and governance
Swedish partner
Falu kommun
International partner
Tsumeb municipality