Empowerment and power associated with sport and international realities from Cameroon

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Original languageEnglish
Publication statusUnpublished - 12 Mar 2015
EventSheffield Institute for International Development (SIID) 6th Annual Postgraduate Conference - The Sheffield Institute for International Development, Sheffield, United Kingdom
Duration: 12 Mar 2015 → …


ConferenceSheffield Institute for International Development (SIID) 6th Annual Postgraduate Conference
CountryUnited Kingdom
Period12/03/15 → …
Sport is increasingly being used as a tool to ‘empower’ individuals and communities within the global south (Banda et al 2008; Right to Play 2008; Levermore and Beacom 2009; Jeanes 2011). This paper poses key questions with regards to the power dynamics and subsequent opportunities for empowerment associated with the emerging sport-for-development sector. Global north sport NGOs are increasingly reliant on northern volunteers, often unskilled and unexperienced individuals (Brown and Hall 2008) who fundraise to travel thousands of miles to volunteer delivering sport-for-development programmes in global south communities. This northern domination has resulted in an unequal power balance between the NGOs and host communities (Levermore and Beacom 2009), which has in turn led to the call for an increase in global south led literature (Guest 2009), which prioritises local meanings and experiences of individuals and communities as related to development through sport programmes. The PhD seeks to explore the impact of sport-for-development programmes on local communities and individuals in Cameroon as the chosen case study country. Importantly, the research will critically interrogate the assumption that local actors benefit from such programmes, and place the debate into the broader narrative of neo-colonialism theory. This research will take an ethnographic approach, utilising interviews and observations with actors from the global north and global south from two identified NGOs working in Cameroon.

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