Supported by a partnership between Generations For Peace and the Georgetown University Masters of Arts Programme in Conflict Resolution, this report highlights findings from a one-year international mapping project conducted to identify promising practices in the design, implementation, and evaluation of Sport for Peace programmes. Sarah Hillyer served as the 2011 HM King Abdullah II of Jordan Generations For Peace Post-Doctoral Fellow and Meeghan Zahorsky as the H.H. Sheikh Hamdan Bin Zayed Generations For Peace Graduate Scholar. Amanda Munroe and Sarah Moran joined the team as the 2011 Generations For Peace Summer Research Fellows. Throughout this report, the four research fellows will be referred to as the “team.”
Generations For Peace (GFP) is leading global non-profit peace-building organisation based in Jordan and founded by HRH Prince Feisal Al-Hussein and HRH Princess Sarah Al-Feisal in 2007. Dedicated to sustainable conflict transformation at the grass roots, GFP empowers volunteer leaders of youth to promote active tolerance and responsible citizenship in communities experiencing different forms of conflict and violence. Carefully-facilitated sport-based games, art, advocacy, dialogue and empowerment activities provide an entry point to engage children, youth and adults, and a vehicle for integrated education and sustained behavioural change.
In the last six years, GFP has trained and mentored more than 8,100 volunteer leaders of youth in 46 countries and territories in the Middle East, Africa, Asia, and Europe. With GFP support, their on-going programmes address local issues of conflict and violence, and have touched the lives of more than 210,000 children, youth and adults.
Using the unique GFP curriculum and cascading model, GFP trains, mentors and supports carefully-selected volunteers to implement sustained activities and forge lasting local partnerships. GFP change-makers address issues of cultural and structural violence in their own community, where contexts include inter-tribal, inter-ethnic, interreligious violence, gender inequality, exclusion of minorities (IDPs, refugees and people with a disability), post-conflict trauma response, and reconcilliation and reintegration. Conflict sensitivity, and full participation and empowerment of girls and women are integrated in our approach (in implementation of UN SCR 1325).