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Increasing the inclusion of refugees?

Increasing the inclusion of refugees?

PLAY International is launching an incubator, powered by its Playlab for organisations using sport as a tool to increase the inclusion of refugees. Call for projects open until 29 April 2018.

The key objective of the incubator is to identify and support half a dozen initiatives that are innovating in this field with emerging projects. Through an intensive weeklong workshop and tailored in-field support, the short-term goal is to increase their impact – reach more people, be more sustainable or increase effectiveness.

The learning and experience gained from the organisations will inform an open and transparent reflection on what works well in this field, what is good practice and common pitfalls to avoid – all published in a report for a longer-term impact as other organisations build on and develop these ideas.

Sport can be a powerful medium for social cohesion and bringing about change.

PLAY International uses sport as a psychosocial tool for prevention, social inclusion and reconstruction. In Burundi for instance, PLAY International has worked alongside UNDP in rural villages where tensions existed between local and returnee populations. Experienced animators organised daily social-sporting activities for 4,000 returnee children. As a direct result, prejudices and discriminatory behaviour reduced.

There are many programmes for refugees that demonstrate the potential of sport for social inclusion, conflict resolution, education and health promotion. This incubator will allow us, the sector, to identify emerging initiatives and accelerate their impact in order to implement concrete, relevant and collective responses. It will also create a catalyst for new models that can be adapted for other contexts.

We need to act and develop solutions together, because social innovation is a collective sport.

Find out more:

Download the call for projects, the annex guide and the application form:


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Wednesday, March 28, 2018 - 16:45