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Sporting a decent work and economic growth revolution

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Sporting a decent work and economic growth revolution

Labour day celebrations go beyond advocating for better wages. Youth productivity should also be an issue that concerns policy makers.

Kenya will mark Labour Day celebrations on the backdrop of the National Devolution conference which was hosted in Kakamega County in April. Despite senators, governors and county assembly representatives featuring in a series of exhibition football matches, it is interesting to note that sports as an enabler in promoting economic growth among young people was missing in the agenda. With productivity among youth being a never-ending subject of debate, economists still grapple with identifying the difference between underemployment and unemployment.

At a time when the Kenyan government is putting its foot forward toward realisation of the big four agendas which include universal healthcare, food security, manufacturing and affordable housing, they are faced with an enormous task to meaningfully harness the Millennium generation’s energies, innovation and eagerness in the midst of a high national debt and opposition by banks on interest rate cap, a dynamic which affects foreign direct investment into east Africa’s biggest economy.

But value-based sports programmes can be an important mediator in calming such concerns which is what US-based non-profit organisation Soccer in the Streets is doing through its uniquely located football facility. By equipping disadvantaged people with entrepreneurship skills, its programmes have demonstrated the importance of striking a balance between sporting, commercial and social objectives.

In a world where the market structure battles between oligopoly and monopoly industries are fighting for attention, youth-friendly business policies in Kenya need to be strengthened beyond just allocation of loan facilities such as Uwezo fund and government contracts but digging deeper to pursue programmes that will help them use their natural abilities to secure decent work. Therefore, sports programmes offer countless options to pursue engagements which will mobilise young people to use their talents in improving Kenya’s economy.

[This article has been edited by the Operating Team.]

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Monday, April 30, 2018 - 10:18