Football for Development in Brazil

Football for Development in Brazil

Location: Brazil

Project status: 
Youth leadership
Social inclusion
Violence prevention
Gender equality
Project type: 
Capacity development
Network development

The Football for Development project is a series of initiatives implemented with support from the German Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), and in collaboration with the German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ) and the Brazilian Cooperation Agency (ABC). They aim to strengthen local Brazilian organisations working in social change through football. Among the initiatives are the Learning Community and a youth debate series to increase the visibility of the sector.

Learning Community

The Learning Community is a group of more than 60 Brazilian organisations that use football for social change. The group holds regular meetings, in person and online, to share knowledge and expertise and to look for opportunities to collaborate. Two meetings took place in 2013, in São Luís and Porto Alegre, with further editions planned for 2014.

Debate series on the social legacy of mega sporting events

In cooperation with BemTV, UNICEF and Rejupe, streetfootballworld Brasil is holding a series of model court debates, with the 2014 FIFA World Cup™ and the 2016 Olympic Games on trial. Young people play the roles of lawyers, defendants and jury members and discuss the effects that hosting these mega sporting events have on their country. The goal will be to present the outcomes of the debates in a letter to government officials, and to increase awareness of social change through football in Brazil.

For more information on the Football for Development project, visit the official website.

Football can act as a vehicle for social change. Together with streetfootballworld, we want to harness the positive effects of the game and the upcoming World Cup in Brazil to strengthen youth development in the region.
- Dirk Niebel, former German Federal Minister of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ/GIZ)

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