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Participants interviewed at the Forum on PYD through Sport in Africa


Participants interviewed at the Forum on PYD through Sport in Africa

Twelve participants taking part in the Forum on Productive Youth Development through Sport in Africa voiced their opinion on how sport can be used to address broader social and humanitarian objectives. These short interviews can be viewed online.

Learning from the participants

The Forum on Productive Youth Development (PYD) through Sport in Africa, held from June 16-18 in Nairobi, Kenya, brought together more than 70 experienced practitioners, programme managers, advocacy actors and other relevant actors from the field of sport and development to discuss the potential and limits of sport as a tool for development and humanitarian work.

Because the Forum was meant to encourage networking and knowledge exchange between participants, short interviews were made to help participants voice their opinion on key questions related to the field of sport and development.

Interviews available online

Participants willing to take part in these short interviews could choose one question they found relevant for their work.

This has led to the following sequences (click on the interviewee’s name to play the video):

  1. Martin Barnard, from Alive and Kicking, provides a short insight on how sport can further generate opportunities for African youth.
  2. Maqulate Atieno, from MYSA, discusses the similarities and differences between the roles of teachers and sports coaches.
  3. Cocky Van Dam, who has just ended a four-year assignment with Moving the Goalposts (MTG) Kilifi, draws a comparison between the perception of football for girls and women in the Netherlands and in Kenya.
  4. Dorcas Amakobe, from MTG, talks about the potential of sport to reduce stigma towards people with disabilities, and to enable them to showcase their abilities to the community.
  5. Ousmane Gbané, from Sport for Life, describes how youths take part in sensitisation campaigns against HIV/AIDS within his organisation.
  6. Roma Traore, from Coaching for Hope, talks about the health benefits of regular sports activities.
  7. Angbo Isaac, from FIJDA, considers sports as a unifying factor within post-conflict situations, and insists on the appropriate timing of sports interventions in this area (interview in French).
  8. Inusah Yakubu, from ACRO Ghana, talks about how his organisation (re-)builds links between ex-offenders and their communities in Tamalé, Ghana.
  9. Pierre Bataille, from APAID, emphasises that disabilities are created by the community and the social environment, and considers sport as a strong vehicle to interrogate these social constructions.
  10. Oscar Mwaanga, from Southampton Solent University, reflects on the cultural context in which debates on sport and gender are taking place.
  11. Saa Moses Lamin, from Youth in Action Sierra Leone, talks about the positive values vehicled by football such as tolerance, respect and cooperation.
  12. Yomi Kuku, from Search and Groom, considers sportive youths as “better learners” who are in a better position to voice their rights within their society.


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Chris Middleton


Saturday, June 20, 2009 - 23:00

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