I am here at this conference as an Australian Government representative of the Australian Sports Outreach Program- a program funded through Australian Aid and currently delivered in 9 Pacific countries, India and the Caribbean. The Australian Sports Outreach Program is delivered in partnerships with governments, sports federations and NGOs. Many of our partners are here this week. So if you have not done so already please come and see me and say hello.
Next Step is an exciting event. I am thrilled to be here, and the reasons why? This conference is an opportunity to: Celebrate the positive impact of sport on people and their communities Recognise the VALIDATION OR authentication of the S4D sector over the last 5 years, especially in India Ponder on what can get in the way – what can go wrong in the future and how we can mitigate those risks.
What we are finding from the first wave of findings from an independent research conducted in Nauru, Tonga and Vanuatu on the Australian Sports Outreach Program in the Pacific and which is not very similar from the data collected from M & E systems established in partner activities here in (India) is that: When used strategically well designed sports programs can make a measurable contribution to community outcomes. For example: The findings demonstrate that the ASOP is contributing to healthier, more inclusive and more cohesive communities in the Pacific. Contributing to THE GOAL OF SPORT FOR ALL – A VITAL PRESCRIPTION FOR A HEALTHY NATION INCLUDE GENERAL EXAMPLES OF ASOP IMPACT IN INDIA
FACT 1: Government statistics indicate that less than 10 per cent of 70 million Indian youth participate regularly in well organised sport – mainly males FACT 2: Across the board, every ASOP activity in India is showing a significant increase in participation – including girls and persons with disability INCREASED PARTICIPATION OF YOUTH IN SPORT IS IN ITSELF AN IMPORTANT STEP TOWARDS : Contributing to THE GOAL OF SPORT FOR ALL – A VITAL PRESCRIPTION FOR A HEALTHY NATION ENHANCING THE TALENT BASE FOR HIGHER SPORTING STANDARDS AND IMPROVED NATIONAL PERFORMANCE AT THE GLOBAL LEVEL THE INCLUSION OF PHYSICAL EDUCATION AND FITNESS AS AN INTEGRAL PART OF AN ALL-ROUND EDUCATION PROVIDING A SAFE FORUM FOR MEANINGFUL YOUTH INTERACTION AND SOCIAL INTEGRATION , WHILE PREVENTING DELINQUENCY DEVELOPING YOUTH LEADERSHIP AND COOPERATIVE SKILLS REDUCING SOCIAL EXCLUSION BY INTEGRATING PERSONS WITH DISABILITY INTO THE SOCIAL FABRIC EMPOWERING MORE WOMEN WITH THE CONFIDENCE AND SKILLS TO BECOME COMMUNITY LEADERS
Sport and health – contributing to physical activity Across all ASOP programs we have collated qualitative and quantitative data it is shown that there are a lot more people active and more often. Reports of weight loss, reduction of tobacco and alcohol consumption and overall well being have been found in all of ASOP activities. Sports programs can easily linked to a broad range of health programs. Some sports programs are linking their activities to sexual and reproductive health education programs; such as in the Solomon Islands through Save the Children, and here in India with the Naz Foundation Those are examples of non sporting organisations that are choosing to link their youth programs to sports programs to achieve on their non-sporting outcomes.
By providing women and girls with unique opportunities to develop their leadership skills empowering women and girls be more involved in decision-making Sports activities HAVE BEEN SHOWN TO TANGIBLY improve gender equality and empower women and girls Sport and inclusion of Women and Girls In Nauru 47 percent of the leadership positions within the program are filled by women. This is remarkable when compared to the low representation of women in parliament (8 percent). Women’s participation in sport leadership positions has for effect of normalising women’s leadership participation in the eyes of both men and women. It also provides an entry point of women to participate in more formal systems. INCREASED PARTICIPATION OF GIRLS IN SPORT IS ITSELF AN IMPORTANT STEP IN DEVELOPING MORE EMPOWERED WOMEN. In our research many women has said that they have gained the confidence to assume other leadership roles in their communities.
By: helping to build the confidence and self-esteem of people with disability providing opportunities for them to interact POSITIVELY with their families and communities contributing to breaking down barriers and changing negative attitudes Contributing to greater inclusion of people with disability in community life Sport and inclusion of people with disability Findings from the independent research conducted in the Pacific shows that: in the province of Sanma in Vanuatu, people with and without disability are interacting, building confidence and transforming attitudes and perceptions.
The Authentication of the Sport for Development Sector – India context Authentication is a term coined by Rekha Dey. In the last 5 years the S4D sector has gained much recognition. The sector has: - positioned itself has a game changer (inclusion of girls, people with disability and other marginalised groups) – INCREASING PARTICIPATION IN SPORT BY promoting safe and positive sporting experiences. Built youth leadership capabilities – life skills and transferable skills to the employment market. has shown how different actors (government, private sector and other sectors) can collaborate together for more tangible and sustainable outcomes: Is more influential ACROSS SECTORS IN THE DEVELOPMENT ARENA and has gained better recognition for the contribution it is making to community outcomes
How the Sport for Development Sector in India is making its mark? RESOURCES - Maidan Summit, Website and Magazine Corporate Social Responsibility forums – corporates and heads of industry are meeting and exchanging IDEAS FOR COLLABORATION with sport for development players The landmark report Power of Play RESEARCH REPORT, released in 2013. The report demonstrates how grassroots sports programs can be integrated into the development agenda. It showcases sport for development organisations that are having a real positive impact and can be scaled up IN Collaboration with the philanthropic sector. Just 3 weeks ago, the Naz Foundation received INR 3 crore grant, funding raised by the Dasra giving circle. It will provide the impetus to further the work of Naz with adolescent girls through the Goal Program (Netball). Video - demonstrating the impact of well designed sports programs to social and community outcomes,
Accountability and Transparency – lack of Good sound administrative and management processes Due diligence – how organisations go about planning their activities, accessing risks, manage their funds, recruit their staff, report to their boards, assess the performances of their managers, engage in partnerships and contractors, manage issues…(WHEN THINGS Go Wrong – WHEN Bad things happen! Fraud) Investing as much in delivering the activities to recipients as in running the business. Effective Partnerships –Lack of commitment – genuine intent Sports programs and non-sports programs can’t do it all. Often sports programs need to link to other programs/actors
What is needed is an approach that leads to effective partnership. In my experience going through a partnerships process requires a detailed understanding of each partner’s proposed contribution, their needs, their potential and the risks involved with their work. To do this well, all partners should have a full understanding of the partnership agenda. Partnership requires on-going commitment from all those involved. Otherwise partnerships can go wrong and will take a lot of your time and resources to fix or to end.!
Protection and safeguarding of children in sport A)_ compliant policy to be in receipt of funding B) Policy compliance –creating safe environments for children to practice sport free of harm. Moving from a position of mitigating risks to creating the presence of good practices and viable and safe sporting cultures for all to participate safely.
Communicating our stories In my experience, a lot of time is spent designing and implementing programs, but not enough time, in communicating the lessons learned, the key benefits and key findings. Communication is often an afterthought Backed with good M & E, some independent research complemented by solid communications – partners need to learn and feel confident at communicating their stories. HOMEWork for this week: Discuss amongst yourself what you think are the risks and what you can do to mitigate those risks, for a brighter future!
Next Step 2014 presentation at the Inaugural session by Sophie Beauvais from the Australian Sports Commission
Celebrating the Impact of Sport for Development
Australian Sports Commission
Why Next Step is so
An opportunity to:
in sport and physical activities
• FACT 1: In India statistics
indicate that less than 10 per
cent of 70 million Indian youth
participate regularly in well
organised sport – mainly males
Contributing to reducing some of
the risk factors of NCDs
•making people more aware of the risks of physical
•providing opportunities for people to be more active more
•having a positive impact on other health-related
behaviours, such as improved diets and reduced smoking
Contributing to improved
•providing women and girls with
unique opportunities to develop
their leadership skills
•empowering women and girls be
more involved in decision-making
Contributing to greater inclusion
of people with disability in
•helping to build the confidence and
self-esteem of people with disability
•providing opportunities for them to
interact with their families and
•contributing to breaking down barriers
and changing negative attitudes
The Authentication of the
Sport for Development
- a game changer
How the Sport for
Development Sector is
making its mark?
What can get in the
• Accountability and
• Effective Partnerships
• Protection and
safeguarding of children
• Communicating the
Australian Sports Commission