The International Organization for Local Governance IOLG, The Role and Objectives
Today, the world is witnessing unique events of its kind, especially concerning systems of governance and authoritarianism, and the need for a deep understanding of the social and political contract between the ruler and the people.
Therefore, rejection of the situation and not accepting it is the result of the existing situation, i.e. between the ruler and the ruled, not a result of the ruler’s choices and his conquest alone. The state of the people and their consent, or even their lack of resistance to the domination of the ruler, or a political class, is what constitutes the other dimension of the development of the coup violence, Or individual authoritarian rule and the reality before history has taught us that, it is the people’s complacency and the weakness of their elites that make the authoritarianism and abuse of the ruler a fait accompli, with the succession of events and facts in which the people do not have the final say.
Accordingly, it is necessary to activate the elitist situation, represented by the various political entities, which were unable to provide a real cognitive model, so that all of this does not lead to an imbalance in the construction, and the mechanisms (political process), which will not work until every part of it does its work by the constitution and a tight system chosen by the people, which does not come with flawed political agreements, or individual measures that corrupt more than they fix, so that it has become necessary to develop mechanisms for change work for political societies and to develop awareness, especially concerning the transformation of young generations in their understanding, thought and awareness, and giving them confidence in managing political affairs and social life, and this also requires effective mechanisms concerned with human rights, and sanctifies individual freedom as an end in itself.
Established on October 18, 2018, with an international mandate, the International Local Governance Association is headquartered in New York City, USA, as a non-profit association licensed by the US Department of the Treasury.
And quickly, the circle of the organization’s activities expanded to reach 46 branches in various continents of the world, including the Tunis branch, as one of the organization’s goals is working to achieve decentralization and sustainable development, as it is not possible to achieve democracy without relying on participatory democracy between the state, civil society and the private sector. The organization also works on investing in children and youth and developing awareness in the areas of local governance, democracy and dialogue.
The Tunisian Ahlam Al-Arfawi
This organization is headed by the Tunisian Ahlam Al-Arfawi, who is also the head of the American office of the International Organization for Human Rights, international human rights monitors, an internationally accredited expert in the field of local governance, and a member of the United Nations Assembly in the United States of America.
The International Organization for Local Governance has been accredited as the official certifying body for the President of the United States of America Award for Voluntary Work, and it works in coordination with many organizations and associations that include nearly 32 organizations in partnership with the United Nations. It also aims to increase the focus of partnership and support the exchange of experiences and successful experiences between countries in the field of local governance, according to the organization’s president, Ahlam Al-Arfawi.
The organization places children and youth at the top of its priorities in terms of local governance and democracy, dialogue, convergence, cultural and cognitive cross-fertilization, recognition of the other and the renunciation of violence. Thus, she is the head of the United States office of the International Organization for Human Rights, as well as international human rights monitors, and human rights monitors in the United States, and is also a certified international expert on local government, and a member of the United Nations Assembly in the United States of America.
- The organization’s president and member of the World Council for Human Rights, Dr. Ahlam Al-Arfawi, praised the role of Jordan, its king, government and people in the efforts made to combat the Corona pandemic, and in managing the crisis of this file, and praised the official and popular efforts in addressing this crisis, which Jordan has always proven to be the forerunner in Excellence and success in managing such crises, wishing Jordan, its leadership, its organs and its people continued progress, prosperity and success. Dr. Al-Arfawi also revealed that the organization is keen to make efforts to cooperate and coordinate through our office in Jordan to implement many programs and projects related to local governance, due to Jordan’s distinction of the success of its human cadres in managing such files.
- Partnership agreement between the International Organization for Local Governance and the African Union to spread the culture of children’s rights. The International Organization for Local Governance and the African Union signed a three-year partnership agreement with the African Union to promote a culture of child rights in primary schools. Under this agreement, training courses for union officials will be organized in 17 African countries over a period of three years, and they will later train primary school children on the culture of human rights. The President of the International Organization for Local Governance, Ahlam Al-Arfawi, stressed that this agreement seeks to invest in children, as they are the men of tomorrow and the country’s leaders in the future.
- The organization is working seriously to establish an international network of ambassadors for peace and democracy from the participating children and youth, according to what Arfaoui revealed, noting that it has launched a number of training courses for the benefit of the executives of the Ministries of Education and Women on issues of local governance, democracy and dialogue. It should be noted that the African Union for the dissemination of a culture of children’s rights is an international African organization based in Tunisia, and works to support the rights of the child and enhance its presence and awareness in Tunisia and Africa (17 offices).
- The International Organization for Local Governance (IOLG) held a training course with some civil society institutions in Jabal Al-Akhdar, in Libya on 12/17/2021, at Al-Tilal Al-Wasita Hotel in Al-Bayda, to raise the level of these institutions in terms of training, development, preparing courses, and qualifying trainers to support institutions in particular. In this politically, economically and socially sensitive period, coinciding with the approaching parliamentary and presidential elections.
It is a series of activities initiated by the organization around the world, aimed at spreading awareness and development, promoting a culture of dialogue, convergence and civilizational cross-fertilization among peoples, rejecting violence, enhancing transparency in governance, strengthening democratic action, and expanding the framework of local decentralization. This organization will not stop until it achieves the desired goals and objectives around the world.