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Seven African countries to benefit from Paris 2024 sports projects

Paris 2024 and the French Development Agency (AFD) have announced the winning projects of the third edition of the Impact 2024 International call for projects. A total of €320,821 has been granted to these initiatives, which focus on gender equality, education, health and the inclusion of people with disabilities.

10 projects selected from 202 applications

202 projects implemented in 35 different African countries and mainly targeting equality, health and education were submitted for this third edition. The selection committee, made up of representatives of Paris 2024, AFD and experts from organizations such as the Guild, Sport en commun, the Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs, Plan International, Play International, the Decathlon Foundation and the Société Générale Foundation, selected 10 projects working in seven African countries.

Added to the 22 beneficiary countries of the first two editions of the Impact 2024 International call for projects in 2021, they bring the total number of countries reached by the call for projects to 17 (Uganda, Senegal, Benin, Morocco, Togo, South Africa, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Algeria, Cameroon, Ghana, Lesotho, Madagascar, Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda, Tanzania, Tunisia).

In this third edition, team sports (rugby, soccer, volleyball) are particularly popular. The projects are aimed primarily at MDGs 4 (quality education), 5 (gender equality) and 3 (health and well-being).  Aligned with the priorities of the Paris 2024 legacy, all of these projects have the Impact 2024 stamp of approval.

Among these projects, in line with Olympic and Paralympic Week 2023, which focuses on inclusion, the multi-sport project “Overcoming Disability through Sport” is being carried out by the Ivory Coast Federation of Sports for the Blind and Visually Impaired (FISMA) in Ivory Coast.

Thanks to the €27,500 in funding allocated by AFD and Paris 2024, the association will be able to i) Detect 100 young visually impaired athletes (half of whom are girls) in the Jacqueville, Issia and Yamoussokro regions and give them access to a medical check-up for gynecological and ophthalmological examinations; ii) Integrate young people into existing or new handisport clubs by giving them access to training; iii) Offer training in Braille writing, traditional soap making and awareness sessions on physical health in order to promote the professional autonomy of young people; and iv) Train 30 sports educators (10 per zone, including 5 women per zone).

We also find the NGO, A Human Rainbow in partnership with the Kibera Black Stars, who work in the heart of the largest slum in East Africa, in Kenya. Their “Slum Soka” program has transformed a heap of garbage into a lively educational center and a sports field into a learning ground for young people who are agents of change.

Discover this project through the testimony of Dennis Wanyama, coordinator and coach :

The €29,500 in funding allocated by AFD and Paris 2024 will improve access to sports and edutainment activities for girls and people with disabilities and use the power of sports, arts and culture as tools for social change in Kibera. The winning project includes the renovation of a sports field, the deployment of social, sports and cultural activities with informal schools, the deployment of an after-school program within accredited schools, a “disability” training for facilitators, the implementation of a program for children with disabilities and finally a training program for peers, actors of social change.

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