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Sports for Social Cohesion

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Start project:
  • 2016
Donors:
  • Stichting Nederlandse Vrijwilligers

The program for Accountable Local Governance (PGLR) is a five year project aimed at improving local government and helping to reduce armed conflict in four regions of Mali, in West Africa. The project supports the role of civil society in local politics and promotes cultural and sports encounters as ways of bringing communities closer to each other. It also aims to boost peaceful conflict resolution, as Mali is currently facing political, security and natural resources crisis.

The context for the implementation of the P-GLR.
This program is in the context of a security, humanitarian and social crisis that has occupied Mali's top sport for more than three years. The scale of the social, human and economic consequences on the populations and institutions of the country calls for an analysis of its root causes and opens up an opportunity for the country to be re-founded on the aspirations of young people, the reasons for living together and the perspectives of Sustainable development.

Theme 1. Political participation and citizen control of governance and accountability:
Outcome 1: Young citizens have increased their understanding, participation and influence on decision-making, resource mobilization and use of budgets at levels Local and national authorities; Outcome 2: Local authorities are more transparent and accountable in the management of public funds and services

The themes and results targeted by the P-GLR.
The P-GLR is divided into three themes, eight outcomes and dozens of activities that promote appropriate citizen practices in the face of Mali's multidimensional crisis situation.

Theme 2: Cultural and sport mediation in the service of social cohesion and sustainable development: Outcome 1: Cultural and sporting activities conducive to Social cohesion and the return to sustainable development are identified and the relevance of their multiplication is analyzed
Outcome 2: The 600 young people selected (men and women, aged 18 to 30) have strengthened their technical and entrepreneurial capacities, 180 jobs will be created in the 3 themes of the Program; Outcome 3: Event-driven projects and initiatives promoting social cohesion and return to development have increased in the Communes d'intervention.

Theme 3: Promotion of mechanisms for resolving conflicts related to natural resources and land management:
Outcome 1 : Young people (men and women) have increased their understanding of the appropriateness of texts for the intergenerational management of natural resources and land resources.
Outcome 2: Local and regional authorities and their specialized commissions find peaceful solutions to conflicts and tensions related to Exploitation of natural resources and land;
Outcome 3: Intercommunity and cultural initiatives and projects promoting peace, justice and social cohesion have increased in the Communes of intervention.

The planned approaches, the results sought and the activities proposed by the P-GLR will be presented to the populations of the Communes d'intervention to validate and refine them in a participatory way so that they correspond as closely as possible to the essential needs of their context .

This is a 5-year program funded by the Embassy of the Netherlands and funded by a consortium of 3 Dutch NGOs: ICCO, Oxfam Novib and SNV. Their work force will be multiplied and enriched by the expertise and experiences of twenty local partners who have demonstrated successes on these 3 themes and the 600 young leaders reinforced by the Program.
ICCO will implement the P-GLR in the Region of Timbuktu and Ségou, SNV in the Region of Gao and OXFAM in the Mopti Region.

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