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- 2026
Countries: South Africa, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana

Partnerships in the network



Topic: Increase women´s and youth opportunities and participation

Falkenberg, Sundays River Valley and Sarah Baartman district

South Africa

Topic: Youth and children´s influence and participation

Dorotea, Livingstone and Victoria Falls


Topic: Youth and children’s rights and participation

Palapye district


Topic: Increase youth participation and democratic influence