Fight for Peace presents at the International Olympic Committee Youth Summit

17/09/2019 – ‘We’re not in the business of sport. We’re in the business of transforming lives through sport.’ That was the challenge Christophe Duby, Executive Director of the Olympic Games, issued to the 54 International Olympic Committee Young Leaders convened at the IOC Youth Summit in Lausanne Switzerland.

The IOC Young Leaders (formerly the IOC Young Changemakers) are a group of young people selected by their National Olympic Committees and funded by the IOC to deliver grassroots projects that use sport to combat a social challenge in their communities, with each project being awarded up to 5,000 Swiss francs. The Young Leaders run 70 projects across five continents, reaching a total of 25,000 participants.

As Country Lead for the Fight for Peace Safer Communities Programme (SCP) in Jamaica, Kellie Magnus was invited to attend and present at the summit, alongside a group of leading sport for development organisations including the Yunus Business Centre, the Commonwealth Secretariat, the Olympic Refugee Federation, World Bicycle Relief, iGravity, Game, insPoweredBy and One Young World.

The objective of the representatives of these organisations was, over the course of the summit, to participate in panel discussions and workshops to support the IOC Young Leaders to strengthening their programmes.

Kellie’s presentation, on behalf of Fight for Peace, formed part of a panel discussion on sport as an enabler of the sustainable development goals. Specifically, Kellie spoke on managing partnerships in sport for development, drawing on lessons learned from the collective impact framework used to manage the Fight for Peace Safer Communities Programme in Kingston, Jamaica.

The Young Leaders present at the summit were interested in knowing more about the methodology Fight for Peace employs in its work with young people and, in particular, drew on Kellie’s thoughts on how Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) techniques can strengthen their ability to measure and highlight the impact of their programmes.