How can sport be used for poverty reduction?
Examples from MYSA
MYSA contributions, the Mathare Youth Sports Association in Kenya.
- The 'Nekesa' article ( pdf) -just like the Hellen article ( pdf) shows how the destiny of a poor girl changed through her participation in MYSA events. She now trains youth world-wide in sports, but simultaneously builds capacity and raises awareness on poverty alleviation and development.
- The 'Mutuli' article ( pdf) relates the story of a Kenyan enrolled at the prestigious Oxford University. For his success, participation and the related personal development he obtained through MYSA were important too.
- The success story of MYSA itself (see www.mysakenya.org) is another example of how sports initiatives can open doors to development.
- Mathare United: a model CECAFA Club inspiring Kenya's youth, By Hilary Atkins. This article by an independent journalist appeared in the 75th Anniversary Bulletin of the Council of East and Central African Football Associations (CECAFA) in December/January 2002-03 ( pdf)
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- The UNICEF 'Sports and Development' brief gives a concise overview of all the various ways and aims in which sports can contribute to development (UNICEFs Programme in Sports for development, word)
Next Step Conference presentation
- Powerpoint presentation reporting results from the NextStep! Conference in Amsterdam, including discussion points and conclusions from a working group on building community structures for sports and poverty alleviation. (MDF Next Step presentation community structures, ppt; full conference report: pdf)
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