Football for Hope
Football has become a vital instrument for hundreds of social development programmes run by non-governmental and community-based organisations around the world. The support provided by FIFA through Football for Hope has already benefited more than 250 programmes in over 60 countries on all continents. HIV/AIDS education, conflict resolution, gender equality, social integration of people with intellectual disabilities, capacity building, work training, peace building, youth leadership and life skills are just some of the objectives pursued.
In 2013, Football for Hope is supporting five programmes in as many cities in Brazil.
Football for Hope supports programmes that are run by legally registered entities with non-governmental status (e.g. NGO, CBO, charity) and which are politically and religiously independent and not for profit. They are non-discriminatory in all forms (e.g. social, ethnic, racial, religious, gender-based) and use football to address social issues and promote social development. Football for Hope projects are on-going, target children and young people, must be financially sustainable and must have a long-term approach.
At the FIFA Confederations Cup Brazil 2013, FIFA, the LOC and the city of Belo Horizonte hosted the second Football for Hope Forum. The event brought together over 200 leaders and activists in the football for development movement, representing organisations and projects from over 50 different nations, to network, learn and, above all, be inspired by each other's ideas.
The presentations and workshops covered an extraordinary range of topics: from promoting gender equality to how to develop a communications strategy. There was even some football as the participants were lucky enough to see Brazil win their semi-final of the FIFA Confederations Cup against Uruguay and sneak away to a city park and play five-a-side with local kids.