The Forum on Productive Youth Development through Sport in Africa is a joint initiative of the United Nations Office on Sport for Development and Peace (UNOSDP) and the Jacobs Foundation, in collaboration with the Swiss Academy for Development (SAD) and the Mathare Youth Sports Association (MYSA). Below, you will find a brief description of the partners of the Forum.

The United Nations Office on Sport for Development and Peace (UNOSDP)

The Special Adviser to the UN Secretary-General on Sport for Development and Peace and his office, the United Nations Office on Sport for Development and Peace (UNOSDP) promotes the use of sport as a powerful tool to achieve development and peace objectives, in particular the eight Millennium Development Goals. UNOSDP provides the entry point to the entire UN system in this area and hosts the Secretariat of the ‘Sport for Development and Peace International Working Group’ (SDP IWG), an intergovernmental platform whose objective is to promote the integration of sport for development and peace into national and international development policies and programs.

The Jacobs Foundation

The Jacobs Foundation Switzerland supports programs for Productive Youth Development worldwide and funds projects that contribute to the welfare, social productivity and social inclusion of current and future generations of young people by understanding and promoting their personal development and employability.

The Swiss Academy for Development (SAD)

The Swiss Academy for Development (SAD) promotes development opportunities and allows for the participation of young people who face rapid social change abroad and in Switzerland. Our focus areas are Intercultural Dialogue, Youth and Anomie, and Sport & Development. SAD operates the International Platform on Sport & Development. SAD conducts Sport & Development research, is specialised in Monitoring & Evaluation and runs operational projects in the field.


The Mathare Youth Sports Association (MYSA)

The Mathare Youth Sports Association (MYSA) is a pioneering community development organisation that uses sports to engender broad socio-economic development, while also effecting positive social change. Founded in 1987 in the Mathare area of Nairobi, home to some of Africa’s biggest and poorest slums, MYSA runs a variety of youth and children centered programmes focusing on sports, environment, health, education and the arts. To date, MYSA has directly impacted well over 200,000 children and youth in Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Sudan and Botswana.