Within IOGT International there are Member Organisations that are working with the issues on the intersection of alcohol and other drugs and poverty and under-development. They conduct community development projects which focus on prevention, poverty reduction and democracy. They also facilitate evidence-based alcohol policy advocacy, empowering local NGOs to form networks and alliance with the purpose to empower decision-makers together for the creation of national alcohol policies or for the improvement, implementation or stricter enforcement of already existing regulations.
One example is the East African Alcohol Policy Alliance. Another example is the Southern African Alcohol Policy Alliance (SAAPA).
The alcohol industry works aggressively to establish themselves in emerging markets in Africa, Latin America, and Asia, especially in China and India, and alcohol sales are growing fast in low- and middle-income countries’ growing economies – posing great threat to the continuous development and progress of these countries and their citizens’ health and well being.
IOGT International and our Member Organisations are therefore working to address alcohol as obstacle to development.
Working for sustainable development
There are four development campaigns within IOGT International working together with partners in Asia and Africa. Those are:
Many Member Organisations in Africa and Asia are conducting community projects, advocacy and rehabilitation and social work to bring about transformative change in their respective countries and regions.
One brilliant example is the the longstanding relationship beween IOGT Switzerland and IOGT Guinea-Bissau, also including FORUT Germany. Their collaboration has resulted in schools being built and education being provided to children and youth, capacity-building workshops, camps and regular weekly activities for children.
ADIC in Sri Lanka, SDN in Thailand, CEM in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Senegalese Youth and Adolescent Network on Population and Development (RESOPOPDEV), SCAD in Kenya or Hope And Beyond in Uganda are all remarkable examples of IOGT International Member Organisation that impact their countries through the development work they are doing.
Tackling alcohol as obstacle to development -mapping the IOGT movement’s development effort
Note: the map shows only a selection of countries and organisations working for development. It provides an insight but a comprehensive overview.
Our Member Organisations in Kenya, Senegal, Uganda, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Cambodia and Guinea-Bissau are making a difference in their countries and respective wider regions in the promotion of democracy and sustainable development.
Our Member Organisations from Europe work to support and build capacity in low- and middle-income countries, from an international solidarity perspective.
FORUT Norway works in West Africa, Southern Africa and South-East Asia and the Indian subcontinent. They have for example helped start the Southern African Alcohol Policy Alliance, a partner of IOGT International.
FORUT Germany and IOGT Switzerland are collaborating to support IOGT work in Guinea-Bissau and the Gambia. In one of the world’s most failed states, Guinea-Bissua, IOGT is committed to building schools, providing safe and enabling environments for children and tackle the burden of alcohol and other drugs.
The Swedish IOGT-NTO movement is conducting development aid work in East Africa, South-East Asia and the Balkans. They have helped start EAAPA and five national alcohol policy alliances in East Africa – all partners of IOGT International today.
And CEM on the Balkans is a hub for alcohol policy advocacy and civil society empowerment in its own right. Supported by IOGT-NTO from Sweden CEM is conducting both prevention and advocacy work.
Alcohol, Drugs and Development (ADD) is the name of the development program within FORUT Norway. The ADD program is a multi-component program addressing both alcohol and other drugs as an obstacle to development.
ADD also maintains an excellent resource website with the latest updates and information on alcohol policy, development and newest research findings. Please visit the ADD website for more facts and the latest news.