Brazil. Copyright GIZ / Caio Vilela

Since 2007, GIZ has been working on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) to implement the Youth Development through Football (YDF) programme in South Africa and other African countries. This programme receives ongoing support from researchers at the University of Johannesburg. The project has been shown to be producing positive results, with a clear impact not only on the target group but also on the organisations involved. Almost 40% of those taking part in YDF activities show a marked decline in anti-social, violent or discriminatory behaviour, while 74% of the girls and boys involved have become more self-confident as a result of the activities. 81% think that their participation in the project makes them role models and that as multipliers they have the capacity to set change in train.

Results of this kind help us to make ongoing improvements to the concept. German development cooperation is constantly learning and developing its own skills, as well as enhancing its profile as a result of:

  • systematically gathering, processing and disseminating experiences, methods and tools
  • compiling studies 
  • linking closely with bilateral DC sport projects

Germany’s contribution to Sport for Development will also become more effective as the relevant actors build networks in Germany. Work in and with international bodies is also positioning German development cooperation more prominently at international level. We can expand our activities in this area through cooperation with German and international sports promotion organisations and with the private sector. Ultimately, this also benefits the target group – children and young people – as GIZ combines policy activities in national and international bodies with selected Sport for Development pilot projects. In this way it is able to feed experience gained ‘from the field’ into policy work, and then in turn feed the findings of debate and research back into project work.