The development of a project in northern Uganda is helping to establish a locally driven framework that connects war-affected youth with local youth leaders to play soccer and to discuss important community issues, such as, post-conflict healing and gender based violence. As communities rebuild themselves after a 22-year conflict, there is a large need for increased and relevant programming for those who have been most affected by the war: the youth. Supporting existing relationships and organizations, the research and planning will assess what’s already happening in the Sport for Development movement, where the gaps are in local programming and how to best engage a variety of youth into the framework. A pilot project was completed in the spring of 2009 and over the next two years, a large focus will be put on a rigorous impact analysis and how the framework could be replicated in other post-conflict zones. The project is being implemented on a relevant, scalable and grassroots budget.
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