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Olympic Movement stakeholder collaboration for delivering on sport development in eight African (SADC) countries / Cora Burnett

Burnett, Cora

Edité par University of Johannesburg. Johannesburg - 2015

The conceptual framework is underpinned by network dynamics apparent in an institutional matrix of Olympic Movement partners. This research aims to provide insights on collaboration between multi-sectorial stakeholders in eight Southern African Development Countries (SADC). A Participatory Action Research (PAR) approach ensured that local voices are represented from eight stakeholder cohorts. A total of 156 interviews and four focus group discussions provided 420 typed page transcripts that were coded and categorised for theme generation. Each country represents a case study where stakeholders are profiled, and Olympafrica Centres and the Olympic Youth Academy Programme (Zambia) are discussed according to their strategic positioning. Results indicate a profile continuum within a +sport and sport+ configuration. Various innovative good practices exist, despite a high level of dependence on Solidarity Funding. Good governance principles are followed, especially with a supportive secretariat. In most countries (except South Africa and Seychelles) NOC-government relations are not clearly defined. Most national sport federations that are dependent on volunteers lack institutional capacity and various resources, whilst facing challenges with athlete development and retention, career pathways, access to high performance services and international participation that informs pragmatic recommendations. NOC representatives shared flagship programmes at a May workshop of the University Johannesburg’s Olympic Studies Centre.

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