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The 2nd Inspire. Unite. Change. Conference in 2014 will bring together outstanding sports leaders and development practitioners from around the world, to share and discuss sport for development and it's impact in Australia and internationally.
The three-day event (29 Sept – 1 Oct) will include practical workshops, breakout sessions and plenary sessions and expert panels, hosted by some of the world’s most distinguished sporting greats and specialists and researchers in the field of Sport and Development.
What will you learn?
The event will share best practices and skills from around the globe, and celebrate the achievements of those who have successfully implemented lasting social change programs. Sessions will look at the role of sport in development, and how individuals, organisations, NGO’s and governments are making sustainable change in their communities. Attendees will also learn practical application tips from monitoring and evaluation experts, who will share their insights on what it takes to really measure impact and how these techniques are improving all the time.
Topics for the conference sessions include:
- Behaviour change through sport
- Cross-cultural Communication
- Disability Inclusion
- Monitoring & Evaluation
- Economic Development
- Safeguarding Children
- Athletes as Role Models
- Gender-based violence
Who will speak?
Our keynote speakers are:
INSPIRE: Dr Marion Keim - Associate Professor at the University of the Western Cape (South Africa)
UNITE: Ollie Dudfield - General Manager at Vicsport & former Sport for Development adviser at the Commonwealth Secretariat & UK Sport (Melbourne)
CHANGE: Dr Marianne Meier: Project Officer at Terre des Hommes (Switzerland)
Sport Matters Champions
Meet Sport Matters Champions who are passionate about a range of sport for development areas:
Liesl Tesch: six-time Paralympian, Sport Matters co-founder & advocate for disability inclusion
Pat Farmer: ultra marathon runner, former Member of Parliament and advocate for peace
In addition to keynote speaker presentations and plenary sessions, the conference will also offer attendees the opportunity to choose streams that best suit them and their roles, through workshops, breakouts and practical how-to session. More topics will be announced soon.
Who should attend?
Up to 150 people will join the conference in Brisbane, to learn, share and network with each other, from all corners of the world including:
- Development practitioners, staff and volunteers – from national and regional sport federations, NGOs, government and civil society organisations
- Athletes and sportspeople – with an interest in international and community development
- Public sector delegates from health, education, community development and sport
- Private sector delegates with an interest in Corporate Social Responsibility
- Researchers and other students from the field
- Other members of the public interested in how Sport and Development go hand in hand.
Why sport and development?
Sport has never been more on the global development agenda than it has in 2014, as the year that welcomed the first ever International Day of Sport for Development and Peace (6 April).
In the words of the United Nations, “Sport has a unique power to attract, mobilize and participate….. Sport plays a significant role as a promoter of social integration and economic development in different geographical, cultural and political contexts. Sport is a powerful tool to strengthen social ties and networks, and to promote ideals of peace, fraternity, solidarity, non-violence, tolerance and justice.”
For all the latest conference announcements visit http://www.sportmatters.org.au/conferences.php
When & Where
Brisbane (University of Queensland & BCEC)
Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre
Cnr Merivale Street and Glenelg St
Monday, 29 September 2014 at 10:00 am - Tuesday, 14 October 2014 at 5:00 pm (AEST)
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Sport Matters is a non-profit organisation that aims to make a positive and long-lasting impact on development in Australia and developing countries with a focus on the Pacific, Asia and Africa. We use sport to address targeted development goals such as health, education and economic development.