Network for Human rights, youth

Human Rights and democracy are facing new sets of challenges across the world. Local governments play an important role in their local areas of authority to protect and promote 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 AfricaBotswana, Zimbabwe or Zambia. Together, the partners are planning and conducting projects on a topic related to human rights, primarily child rights and inclusion of youth in democratic processes.

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, are also available to participating international municipalities.

Timeframe: 2022- 2025
Countries: South Africa, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana

Partnerships in the network

Ekerö and Cape Agulhas

South Africa

Topic: Citizen dialogue and municipal cooperation with civil society

Falkenberg, Sundays River Valley and Sarah Baartman district

South Africa

Topic: Youth and children´s influence and participation

Håbo, Livingstone and Victoria Falls


Topic: Youth and children’s rights and participation

Valdemarsvik, Palapye and Central district


Topic: Increase youth participation and democratic influence

Haparanda and Solwezi


Topic: Increase women´s and youth opportunities and participation

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Voices from the network

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

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 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