Here we document developments that mark our impact and progress in the many issues we work on around the world.

Impact can mean to overcome addiction, to heal families and build communities, to change laws, to alter the course of events and block detrimental things from happening, to mobilise activists and to empower of civil society, to improve livelihoods for people in their communities, to provide someone with a second chance and new opportunities, or to hold decision-makers accountable. Impact can mean to put hope in the hearts of children, to inspire freedom for women in public places, to expose the practices of Big Alcohol or to bring attention to an issue of public interest.

In IOGT International we believe in collaboration and partnership, knowing that impact and transformative change never originate from just one stakeholder, one idea or one initiative. We make a difference together, learn from one another, build on each other’s work and thrive thanks to the successes of our members, partners, friends and colleagues.

No matter the type and scale of impact, we cherish each as a step forward in the pursuit of global health and development, justice and democracy and the promotion of Human Rights.

Building Civil Society

We believe that civil society is a powerful resource, indispensable for democratic and prosperous societies and crucial for making transformative change happen.

Therefore, we have always emphasised the importance of using our environments and events, our expertise and experience to help build, strengthen and develop other civil society initiatives. In recent years, we’ve helped create and start global, regional and national civil society organizations and networks:

  1. Global Alcohol Policy Alliance (GAPA)
  2. European Alcohol Policy Alliance (Eurocare)
  3. European Alcohol Policy Youth Network (APYN)
  4. East African Alcohol Policy Alliance (EAAPA), including its national member alliances in East Africa
  5. Asia-Pacific Alcohol Policy Alliance (APAPA)
  6. Indian Alcohol Policy Alliance

Since most recently we are founding members of the Health and Trade Network (HaTnet).

Overcoming Addiction

The impact of IOGT International and our Member Organizations through our rehabilitation and social work is:

Overcoming addictions, rebuilding families and communities, enabling healthy lifestyles, empowering active citizenship

Through the work of IOGT Germany in 2014, 3000 volunteers were involved in addiction rehabilitation work.

IOGT Germany’s social work conducted more than 700 self-help groups in 2014, to empower people to lead a life free from alcohol and other drugs.

In 2014, CIJ held more than 9.000 family clubs in Mexico, empowering families and communities to create supportive environments for people in recovery.
Through family clubs we facilitate that families solve substance use problems together, which allows everyone to heal while the addicted family member can stay in their familiar environment with maximum support.

In Uganda, Hope and Beyond answered more than 1400 helpline calls to respond with immediate support for people with substance use problems.

IOGT Denmark conducted 3000 face-to-face talks in 2014 in order to provide support to people with substance use problems and people in recovery.

Through the internet IOGT International and our Member Organisations together reached 2 million people through web-based services in 2014.

The global IOGT movement provided more than 2000 outreach services in addiction help facilities, home visits, hospitals etc.). Worldwide, we organised more than 2000 self-help groups, 50.000 face-to-face talks and involved more than 5000 volunteers in addiction rehabilitation.

50.000 people benefited from our counselling services last year. And we were asked for help via telephone helplines more than 15.000 times last year.

Innovating Prevention

The impact of IOGT International and our Member Organizations through our prevention and health promotion work is:

Preventing harm, empowering healthy lifestyles, building leadership capacities and fostering active citizenship.

We innovate how prevention and health promotion are done, to enhance to impact of such programs.

Through the work of SCAD in Kenya more than 200.000 students in more than 150 schools across the country were reached through interactive, educational sessions on substance use prevention.

Combining song, dance, performance and substance use prevention in the innovative ArtBeat project, SCAD welcomes 10,000 participants to ArtBeat every year.

Our Member Organisation Healthy Lanka – Alliance for Development has recently been named “The Best Drug Preventive Education Institute” by the government in Sri Lanka.

The Alcohol and Drug Information Centre (ADIC) in Sri Lanka has established a network of libraries, comprising 87 libraries in Sri Lanka. ADIC works to maintain and empower the network to disseminate prevention messages on alcohol, tobacco and other drugs at the grass-root levels. In January 2015, the 87 libraries launched a common campaign to carry our prevention work.

The Centre for Youth Education (CEM) in Bosnia and Herzegovina engages directly through its activities more than 1,500 young people, through multiplier effects, social and other media and external events impacts 30,000 young people in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

CEM runs an innovative prevention program: The Healthy Mobile Bar. With this and other prevention project, CEM reaches youth in 20 different communities across the country.

Women and Child Vision (WOCHIVI) visit schools in Arusha, Tanzania on a daily basis. In one year they educate more than 8000 pupils about the effects of alcohol use. They empower the kids to become agents of change – equipped with songs, drawings and other art, to go home and tell their stories to their parents: by singing about the effects of alcohol use, or by showing their paintings about how they experience the world when their fathers come home alcohol intoxicated. Many of the parents change their alcohol intake behaviour – to reduce or to decide to live completely free from alcohol use.

In Thailand our Member Organisation Stop Drink Network (SDN) conducts impactful prevention work, reaching 300 schools and more than 3,000 school children. Stop Drink Network works with 70 youth groups and 700 young people in total.

The community impact of SDN is vast, reaching more than 400 villages in Thailand.

Advocacy Success

NGO of the year 2013

Alcohol and Drug Information Center (ADIC), our Member Organisation from Sri Lanka, was honoured for its heart-driven and impactful advocacy for tobacco and alcohol control by receiving the award for “NGO of the year” in 2013.

AT the time, The Nation newspaper, that stands behind the award, wrote about ADIC:

Sri Lanka has thousands of nongovernmental organizations (NGO) and the activities of some of them have brought a balk mark on the term “NGO.” But not all NGOs are of the same category. There are some NGOs which strive for the wellbeing of the people of the country in different ways.

Impactful IOGT-NTO campaign in Sweden

Our Swedish Member Organisation IOGT-NTO conducted a campaign during the Swedish election season in 2014.

The campaign “Alcohol Annoys” (alkohol stör) offered members and other people a platform to send a question to over 500 candidates for the Swedish Parliament, whether they support tougher regulation of alcohol marketing in Sweden.

More than 25.000 questions have been send to the candidates and 2428 replied. 2057 answered yes, that they do support stricter alcohol marketing regulations.

Another dimension of the campaign was to encourage people to easily report alcohol marketing that violates the Swedish law. The number of reported ads increased with 800%.

Making schools alcohol-free

Our Member Organisation CEM had a tremendous advocacy success in convincing the Central Bosnia Canton (i.e. the region of central Bosnia) to adopt a School Alcohol Policy. This means that teachers are no longer permitted to use alcohol in schools, that there is no alcohol available anymore in schools and that school provide alcohol-free environments in their activities.

Protecting children and youth

CEM also managed to change policies on alcohol sales to under-age, ensuring that regulations on selling alcohol to minors in Central Bosnia were made tougher and more strictly enforced.

Towards a better alcohol act in Sri Lanka

A significant achievement for ADIC and other civil society partners during the first half of 2015, is the approval of the alcohol policy by the Cabinet of the Sri Lanka Government. ADIC contributed to the development of the policy by providing expertise in alcohol control.

Thai students set free

Our Thai Member Organisation SDN had remarkable advocacy impact this year. Their advocacy campaign “Alcohol is not the answer” to end alcohol sales in and around education institutions such as universities was successful. The government recently decided to implement a ban on alcohol sales around education institutions in order to better protect youth from alcohol harm.

EU Alcohol Strategy 2006 – 2012

IOGT International and our European youth movement Active-sobriety, friendship and peace have been an active interlocutor in the process to draft and negotiate the strategy, to defend it from undue influence by the alcohol industry and to encourage the European Commission, Member States and EU Parliament to support and adopt the strategy. Ever since its adoption, we were committed to empowering EU governments to implement the strategy in the best possible way. Unfortunately, there’s no new and improved strategy since the old one ended in 2012.

WHO Global Alcohol Strategy

The WHO Global Alcohol Strategy was adopted in May 2010.
IOGT International and our Member Organizations have been an active interlocutor in the process to draft and negotiate the strategy, to defend it from undue influence by Big Alcohol and advocate for its adoption by the World Health Assembly. Ever since its adoption, we are committed to empowering governments to implement the strategy.

NCDs Global Action Plan

The NCDs Global Action Plan was adopted in 2013 by the World Health Assembly. IOGT International and our Member Organizations have been an active interlocutor in the process to draft and negotiate the action plan, its targets and indicators, and its coordination mechanism. We have also been advocating to defend the drafting process from undue influence by Big Alcohol.

We advocated for the inclusion of alcohol as one of the four major risk factors for Non-communicable diseases and the need for a robust target of reduction of per capita consumption through the three Best Buys – in order to comprehensively address the NCD epidemic. Ever since the adoption of the action plan, we are committed to empowering governments to implement the strategy.

Let the people know: Alcohol causes cancer even in the US

Just recently, we’ve contributed to the initiative of the US Alcohol Policy Alliance and the New York Alcohol Policy Alliance with their partners, to start a national conversation on alcohol and cancer in the United States.

The new Post-2015 development agenda

This September, the global community will adopt a new development agenda for the post-2015 era. It will likely be 17 Sustainable Development Goals.
IOGT International and our Member Organizations have been an active interlocutor in the process to draft and negotiate the post-2015 development agenda, including its targets and indicators.

We have also been advocating to defend the drafting process from undue influence by Big Alcohol. We advocated for the inclusion of alcohol under SDG3 on Health and we advocated on the need for a robust indicator to measure progress.

We continue to follow the process.

At The United Nations

IOGT International was granted Special Consultative Status with ECOSOC, the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations, in 2011. Our work within the UN system and with specific UN agencies has become more impactful ever since.

High-level Side Event at UN Commission on the Status of Women

Invitation Three major epidemics Side event CSW59-1For the first time ever, we organised a high-level Side Event this year, at the UN Women Commission on the Status of Women (CSW59) on the topic “Crossroads 2015: Three Major Epidemics Burdening Women.”

We were able to organise this event, which saw a conference room overflowing with attendees, thanks to a fantastic collaboration with H.E. Misread Colakovic, Ambassador, Permanent Representation of Bosnia and Herzegovina to the UN, and her staff.

Read more about our impact at CSW59 here.

Watch the video from our successful high-level Side Event here.

IOGT Partner In UNDP, WHO Joint Program

The joint program of UNDP and WHO is entitled: “Strengthening and integrating national policies and programmes addressing gender-based violence, harmful use of alcohol and infectious diseases.”

UNDP, WHO and civil society partners FORUT and IOGT are implementing a Joint Programme to strengthen and align national policy frameworks for the harmful use of alcohol, gender-based violence, and infectious diseases.

Read more about our work with UNDP and WHO in the joint program here.

Historic Impact

From the beginning, the IOGT movement has had lasting impact with its heart-driven work.

Gender and racial equality

In 1851, when IOGT was founded, we were unique in creating environments were women and people of color were welcome and were equal participants. Local IOGT groups formed environments of equality, democracy and empowerment.

Women’s Rights movement

This way, the IOGT movement was able to foster leaders and role models who would make their dent in the universe. Our movement and its meeting places, and especially the women who were schooled in IOGT were crucial for the early formation of the Women’s Rights movement. In several countries, such as the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia and Sweden, were the movements for women’s voting rights tightly interwoven with the IOGT movement.

IOGT had a positive impact on the formation and capacity-building of the Women’s Rights and we contributed to the historic success of passing Voting Rights acts for women in several countries.

Worker’s Rights movement

We also had lasting impact on the Worker’s Rights movement, especially in Germany and northern Europe. It was IOGT clubs and members schooled in IOGT who started libraries for worker’s to access literature, education and culture. It was IOGT who provided environments for workers to be equal and participate in civi life on equal footing, thus empowering the emancipation of workers in the beginning of the 20th century.

Human Rights promotion

In IOGT we worked for Human Rights before the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was even adopted and we promoted the dignity of every human being through our worldwide work already in the end of the 19th century. At the time it was visionary work that surely made its mark. Today we build on that work, 164 years worth of experience in defending human dignity.

Peace and solidarity among nations

Our ground-breaking work for international collaboration and global citizenship, driven by our believe in internationalism, diversity and solidarity gave us a nomination for the Nobel Peace Prize in 1951.