In 2016, streetfootballworld has welcomed community organisations from the Indian sub-continent to apply for the ‘South Asia Sport Promotion Funding Programme’ provided by the German Federal Foreign Office. This programme will benefit new or already existing sport-based community development projects as well as peer-to-peer exchanges that foster knowledge transfer and collaborative learning between organisations, with the aim to deliver relevant and impactful projects to empower marginalised youth. After gathering the submitted applications, streetfootballworld will then evaluate the project proposals based on (the three bar-graphs criteria) and subsequently recommend the allocation of German Federal Foreign Office funds to projects that promise the greatest impact in the development field. In total, the Foreign Office will invest €400,000 to support 13 projects in four different countries of the region.

 

 

The supported projects are implemented by 7 streetfootballworld network members (Magic Bus, OSCAR Foundation, Slum Soccer, Youth Football Club Rurka Kalan, Yuwa, Mifalot, WASH United) and focus on: 

 

  • Promoting youth leadership, strengthening employability, fighting gender inequality and/or addressing health related issues;

 

  • Supporting infrastructure projects that increase the organisations’ capacity to deliver their programmes while simultaneously contributing to employment and local economic activity.

 

 

The main objectives of the South Asia Sport Promotion Funding Programme are to:

 

 

  • Support the development of reliable sport programs for young people in the sub-Asian continent

 

  • Empower marginalised youth and promote their development as community leaders through sport

 

  • Enable community organisations in the Indian sub-continent to develop new projects, build their capacity and strengthen their cooperation with other organisations and stakeholders in the region

 

  • Raise awareness and promote the important role that  sport  plays in creating social change throughout the region

 

  • Increase the networking and exchange between sport and development organisations, encouraging the development of joint projects.

 

DEVELOPMENT WORKSHOP

 

To prepare organisations for this new funding programme and to enable exchange between organisations from the same region, streetfootballworld organised a workshop in Nagpur, India in March 2016, hosted by Slum Soccer. Over the course of three days, representatives from pre-selected organisations had the opportunity to discuss and jointly develop relevant and high-impact project proposals previous to submitting their own applications.

 

Facilitated by streetfootballworld and external experts, the workshop was comprised of plenary as well as interactive group sessions which enabled participating organisations to:

 

  • Present and discuss best practices, key factors of success and areas for improvement in sport for development projects in the region

 

  • Develop individual and/or joint project ideas

 

  • Conduct elevator pitches with feedback loops to further refine project ideas