Critical African Perspective on the past decade in Sports for Development

Debate in Oslo on August 3rd 2012 organised by EduSport Norway

Oscar Mwaanga, founder of the Zambian EduSport Foundation

The NGO EduSport Norway will host in Oslo a critical public debate about recent developments in the Sport & Development field. The main speaker will be Oscar Mwaanga the founder of the Zambian EduSport Foundation (Education through Sports), who is currently running a Sport & Development postgraduate programme at the the Southamption Solent University in the England. The discussion entitled ‘Merits and Demerits of the Past Decade in Sports for Development, Reflections and Experiences from an African Perspective’ takes place on 3 August (10:00–14:00) at the Development House (Utviklingshuset) in the Norwegian capital Oslo.

A Contested Discussion

The Sports for Development field has for the past 15 years boomed into the development field as a magic tool in achieving development goals. The NORAD (Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation), NIF (Norwegian Olympic and Paralympic Committee and Confederation of Sports) and the Football Association of Norway (NFF) have involved themselves as partners/donors to organizations such as Right to Play, Mathare Youth Sports Association (MYSA), SCORE and EduSport Foundation that work within disadvantaged communities in Africa. Many of the organisations have through support from Norway taken teams to Norway Cup for culture exchange and promoting Sport for Development initiatives.
The discussion will attempt to critically evaluate the past decade’s efforts of Sports for Development from an African perspective.

Challenging Sport and Development Actors and Actions

Oscar Mwaanga is among the most prominent international sports for development pioneers and activists. Born and bred in Zambia, he has become renowned for his groundbreaking work and in initiating programmes and approaches such as the Kicking AIDS Out and Go Sisters. He is the founder of the the EduSport Foundation in Zambia and is currently heading the EduSport Academy FC, one of the largest and most progressive football academies in Zambia.
Mwaanga holds a PhD in the field of sport for social change from Leeds Metropolitan University. He is currently a Senior Lecturer at Southampton Solent University, where he is heading the MA programme in Sports and Development which he established in 2011. Mwaanga’s area of expertise is on the role of sport in empowering disadvantaged communities of the sub-Saharan Africa. With his vast experience as a practitioner, academic and activist, but first and foremost an African in the field, Oscar Mwaanga’s critical and reflected discussion will challenge actors and supporters within the field to rethink their actions.

Registration (no registration fee):

Knut Grønna, EduSport Norway

Phone +47 96 82 07 80

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