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Sport and development: What do I hope to see more or less of in the future?

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Sport and development: What do I hope to see more or less of in the future?

Lombe Mwambwa encourages a shift in the efforts of sport and development organisations in Zambia and Southern Africa.

I hope to see increasing focus on the political nature of development reflected in the role that sport and development plays in Zambia and Southern Africa. The development issues remain the same: concern for access to primary social services such as health, education, shelter, and just governance.

What I hope to see though, is a shift in the efforts of the sport and development organisations. A shift from a focus on service delivery that fills gaps due to state inadequate delivery, such as health education, or providing scholarships for young people to go to school, to a focus on holding state institutions accountable.

I hope that in 2025 sport will be strengthening its historical role as a platform and means to organise to press for change. I hope to see increased acceptance of sport and development as part of the platforms for community level civic education and participation. In view of that, it is likely that we will see more topics on advocacy, movement building, civic engagement, supporting young people to take up political leadership, and mobilising to hold state institutions accountable at local and national level. This will not mean less focus on the persistent issues of gender based violence, poverty, and environmental justice, it will mean a change in how we pursue these changes.

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Wednesday, September 27, 2017 - 10:09