Human Rights Network

Human Rights and democracy are facing new sets of challenges across the world. Many local governments have become aware of the important role they play in their local areas of authority to forward and protect the human rights of their citizens. The ICLD Human Right network is part of Municipal Partnership Programme. It links together and supports local government partnerships committed to strengthening their systematic work on human rights issues locally, using the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals as a guiding framework.

In this network, Swedish municipalities have been matched with a partner from South Africa, Botswana or Zambia. Together, the partners are planning and conducting projects on a topic related to human rights, such as accessibility, gender equality, inclusions of youths and child rights.

Academia can play an important role in providing expertise and conducting research on local change processes. Relevant universities will be approached to join the network and in some cases individual partnerships.

ITPs, International Training Programmes for local government staff and politicians, offered by the ICLD, our also available to participating municipalities.

Timeframe: 2021- 2024
Countries: Sweden, Botswana, South Africa, Zambia

Participating Partnerships

Falu Municipality –

Mogale Municipality

South Africa

Topic: Youth participation

Kungsör Municipality – Rufunsa Town council


Topic: Child rights

Ovanåker Municipality – Overstrand Municipality

South Africa

Topic: Citizen participation and the environment

Lund municipality – Francistown City Council


Topic: Gender equality

Bollnäs Municipality –

Lobatse Town Council


Topic: Cultural Heritage

Piteå municipality – Chinsali Town Council


Topic: Gender equality

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Voices from participants.

What local political representatives and local government staff are saying.

This partnership will allow us to strengthen our gender equality work and become even better at including Kungsör’s children and young people our municipality.


Mikael Peterson

Mayor of Kungsör

This partnership will develop Lund’s role as a leading knowledge municipality. We want to learn more from other ways of collaborating with committed citizens, local organizations and companies.


Jan Annerstedt

Politician, Lund

Through this network, Ovanåker will get the opportunity to work together with some other Swedish municipalities and some municipalities in Southern Africa to together develop local democracy and work with human rights.


Håkan Englund

Mayor of Ovanåker

By bringing in a network of Swedish municipalities and research into the project, we want to be able to increase knowledge about how to work locally with young people.


Karin Perers

Coordinator, Falun

Through our partnership with Lobatse, our ambition is to engage children and young people in our cultural heritage in Bollnäs.


Kristoffer Lindberg

Politician, Bollnäs

By gaining access to experts and research in the project, we hope to be able to work more strategically to include young people in Kungsör.


Josephine Härdin

Coordinator, Kungsör