The International Organisation of La Francophonie
The International Organisation of La Francophonie (IOF) is responsible for coordinating international cooperation between its 80 belonging states and governments. Linguistic and cultural diversity, universal values such as peace, democracy and human rights as well as sustainable development are the ties that bind these states together within the organisation.
La Francophonie groups together all states in which French is spoken as an official language, mother tongue or a language of instruction. For 220 million people worldwide, French is the primarily used language – it is used by some 900 million people worldwide.
Values and Objectives of the OIF
Through a variety of projects, the OIF promotes the exchange of ideas between government representatives and civil society of the Francophonie states. It consists of 54 member states, 23 observer states, 3 associated states. Based on the Francophonie-Charter which was adopted at the summit 1997 in Vietnam and amended 2005 in Madagascar, the organisation advocates solidarity, peace, democracy, the rule of law and sustainable development in the francophone states.
In the strategic framework 2015-2022 which was adopted at the summit 2014 in Dakar, following missions are stated:
- Promotion of the French language as well as cultural and linguistic diversity
- Promotion of peace, democracy and human rights
- Commitment for academic and professional education, for higher education and research
- Extending the cooperation for sustainable development
The IOF developed 2005 out of the Agency for Cultural and Technical Cooperation, which had been founded in Niger in 1970.
Structure of the IOF and cooperation with direct operators
In order to achieve its goals, the IOF is structured into four organs:
- Conference of Heads of State and Government (Summit of La rancophonie)
- Ministerial Conference (CMF)
- Permanent Council (CPF)
- The permanent specialist ministerial conferences: Conference of Education Ministers (CONFEMEN) and Conference of Ministers for Youth and Sport (CONFEJES)
Beyond that, the IOF works together with the following direct operators:
Academic Agency of la Francophonie
The universities of western Switzerland, the EPFL Lausanne, the University of Applied Sciences and Arts Western Switzerland and other educational institutes are members of the AUF. The State Secretariat for Education and Research has made financial contributions to the AUF. Switzerland has a seat on the agency's board.
Switzerland was a co-founder (in 1984) of this French-language TV channel which broadcasts to more than 200 countries.
The International Association of Francophone Mayors (AIMF)
AIMF is a network of local authorities which implements projects within the framework of a shared system of values.
The Senghor University of Alexandria
Switzerland has a seat on the board of this Francophonie direct operator based in Alexandria (Egypt) that trains African development experts.