"Sport has the power to unite people in a way that little else does" - Nelson Mandela
At SDG INVESTMENTS, we are convinced of the importance of sustainable investments. However, we are also aware that not all SDGs can be addressed equally by private investments. Dr. Gerd Müller, Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), is committed to sport being used as an instrument in German development cooperation: "Sport is a language that is spoken and understood all over the world. Age and origin play no role here".
The BMZ, the German German Olympic Sports Confederation (DOSB) and the German Football Association (DFB) therefore organised an international "Sport for Development" training from 16 to 23 August 2019. For seven days, 30 international and German trainer instructors from 16 countries came together to learn more about sports education, new teaching methods and to exchange experiences about the contribution sport can make to the development, education and social support of children and young people in developing and emerging countries.
The aim of the cooperation between BMZ, DOSB and DFB is to promote the personal development of children and young people across all sports disciplines, to strengthen social cohesion in local communities and to use sport as a tool to promote health, education and inclusion. In the course, the participating experts not only deepened their methodological knowledge, they also benefited from the experiences of other countries. 20 of the 30 participants come from abroad inclduing Ethiopia, Albania, Ghana, Indonesia, Jordan, Kenya, Colombia, Lebanon, Morocco, North Macedonia, Namibia, Palestinian Territories, Senegal, Togo and Uganda.
Our colleague Robert Roth was one of the ten invited German participants, as he had initiated an Ultimate Frisbee Project with refugees and orphans in Lebanon in autumn 2018.