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The 2012 UNOSDP Youth Leadership Programme (YLP) in Doha was the first camp held under the auspices of Mr. Wilfried Lemke, Special Adviser to the UN Secretary-General on Sport for Development and Peace. The eleven-day camp brought together 29 youth participants from developing countries of Sub-Saharan Africa and the Palestinian Territories who work with grassroots Sport for Development and Peace (SDP) projects.

The camp took place in the world renowned Aspire Dome in Doha, Qatar, and was organised by the UN Office on Sport for Development and Peace (UNOSDP) in collaboration with Right To Play as a major knowledge partner as well as other partner organizations. The camp provided the youth with practical leadership skills and best practice examples from leading SDP experts.


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Download the Activity Report of the 2012 Doha Youth Leadership Programme here (.pdf, 3MB).


In Doha, for the inaugural camp, the participants came from a wide arrangement of Sub-Saharan Africa (namely South Africa, Kenya, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Uganda, Ghana, Burundi, Tanzania and Namibia) and the Palestinian Territories. These 18 young women and 11 young men currently work at a variety of grassroots Sport for Development and Peace projects in their impoverished communities.

Joining these 30 youth were 4 youth from Qatar who were identified by the NGO Reach Out to Asia (ROTA), giving the event a local element and exposing the youth to different cultures, backgrounds and innovative ideas.

Here are some of the youth role models who were selected to take part in the 2012 UNOSDP Youth Leadership Programme:

Samantha Lukonde

Started working as a youth leader at the age of 15 in her hometown of Lusaka, Zambia. She has conducted numerous trainings to the youth in her community and the region for drug abuse and HIV/AIDS prevention. As a facilitator she holds debates and discussions for gender empowerment and developing young girl’s skills. After the camp Samantha wishes to use sport to address MDG3 ‘Promote Gender Equality and Empower Women’ in her community and in the country as a whole.

Peter Ndolo

In 1996, then 11 year old Peter started as a football player and a community worker in Mathare slums, Kenya. Later Peter, who is interested in art and photography, joined a Sport for Development and Peace organization and now uses sport as a tool for photography and filmmaking. Peter also got an opportunity to work for Radio Bremen in Germany and also learned the German language. Peter currently works with the organization in Kenya as a project manager and uses sport to train youth in his community.

Doreen Nabwire Omondi

Role model for men and women from Kenya, Doreen started playing soccer at the age of 10 and went on to become Kenya’s best female football player and joined the Kenya Women Football Team. She has been actively involved in community development especially in HIV/AIDS projects where she trains and creates awareness by hosting group discussions and events. She also got an opportunity to play for Werder Bremen Football Club women’s team where she also worked with youth to address gender based issues. She currently works as an assistant coach of U20 football team and coordinator for UNICEF. Doreen wish to work actively in combating gender based violence and HIV/AIDS.

Ghada Baboun

A Palestine National Volleyball and Basketball Team Player who has coaching experience with children in swimming, volleyball and football. She is focused on coaching and teaching kids how to use sports for improving their life skills. She currently works with a foundation as a football coach and scout leader where she trains over 150 girls. She also runs her own club where she trains children in her community. She plans to use the training from the camp to increase her leadership skills and train more children the right way to play and teach them skills of teamwork and discipline for the development of her community.

Lloyd Burungi

A school teacher from Hoima, Uganda, he has been volunteering as a coach working with children with disabilities for the past 3 years and has increased the amount of disabled kids participating in sports and other activities in the community. He runs his own school-based club for children where he teaches them sports and how to use it for their own development. He hopes to become the leader in his community, train kids and give them hope for the future.

Nomawethu (Wewe) Sokoyi

Wewe, from South Africa, started 4 years ago as a volunteer coach and is now coordinating activities with 40 primary schools,+-80 coaches gender balanced and +-800 U/14 girls in a soccer and life skills program for the kids in the communities. She has also been an ambassador for gender based inequality and has represented her organization in Germany and other parts of the world. Community and youth development is her passion and she wishes to pursue her career in helping youth from disadvantaged communities.


The eleven-day camp had a different thematic focus on each day. These included such topics as 'Sport for Health', 'Sport for Persons with a Disability' and 'Sport for Gender Inclusion'.
The days began with theoretical yet participatory sessions in which the youth shared their experiences with leaders in the Sport for Development and Peace (SDP) field with the aim of assembling a set of best practices to be used in their respective projects. The afternoons were comprised of practical lessons in which coaches tought the youth participants innovative ways to use sport in a practical sense to improve community conditions.
There was also a day dedicated to community outreach in which the participants ventured out into communities in Doha and put their camp experiences into practice.
The camp closed out on 19 January with presentations by the participants which outlined their action plans to be implemented upon their return home at the conclusion of the event.



The United Nations Office on Sport for Development and Peace (UNOSDP), based in Geneva and supported by a Liaison Office in New York, provides the entry point to the United Nations system with regard to Sport for Development and Peace, bringing the worlds of sport and development closer together. The Office assists the Special Adviser to the United Nations Secretary-General on Sport for Development and Peace in his worldwide activities as an advocate, facilitator and representative of sports’ social impact in a development context.

Headquartered in Toronto, Canada, Right To Play is an international humanitarian and development non-governmental organization using the transformative power of sport and play to build essential skills in children and thereby drive social change in communities affected by war, poverty and disease.

Based in Doha, Qatar, the Aspire Zone Foundation has three strategic business partners that contribute to realizing its vision, mission and values, namely Aspire LOGISTICS, ASPIRE Academy and ASPETAR, Qatar’s Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine.

The Premier League is the organising body of the Barclays Premier League with responsibility for the competition, its Rule Book and the centralised broadcast and other commercial rights.

Created in January 2009, the Bundesliga Foundation undertakes the social responsibility activities of the DFL Deutsche Fußball Liga (German Football League).

FIBA, the world governing body for basketball, is an independent association formed by 213 National federations of basketball throughout the world.

GIZ, as a federal enterprise, supports the German Government in achieving its objectives in the field of international cooperation for sustainable development. They are also engaged in international education work around the globe.

The International Lifesaving Federation (ILS) is the world authority for drowning prevention, lifesaving and lifesaving sport. ILS leads, supports and collaborates with national and international organisations engaged in drowning prevention, water safety, water rescue, lifesaving, lifeguarding and lifesaving sport.

The International Judo Federation is the international governing body for Judo.

The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) is the global governing body of the Paralympic Movement. The IPC is committed to enabling Paralympic athletes to achieve sporting excellence and to developing sport opportunities for all persons with a disability from the beginner to elite level.

The role of the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) includes overseeing rules and regulations and seeking technological improvement for the sport of table tennis. The ITTF is responsible for the organization of numerous international competitions, including the World Table Tennis Championships that has continued since 1926.


Kick 4 Life, founded in 2005, focuses efforts in Lesotho (in southern Africa), delivering a range of projects focused on tackling HIV through sports-based health education, voluntary testing, life-skills development and support into education and employment. Lesotho has the third highest HIV prevalence in the world and more than 100.000 children have been orphaned by the disease.


Since its formation in 1892, Liverpool Football Club has always and continues to enjoy a unique relationship with its loyal and dedicated supporter base. It recognises and respects the invaluable contribution made by each and every supporter to the ongoing success and longevity of the club.


Play & Train is a non-profit association involved in sport, education and development from the grass roots to the elite level for people with a disability and their families.

Project Air is a not-for-profit organization that has implemented a unique programme to help allay some of the trauma and mental health issues left in the wake of the 1994 Rwandan Genocide. Focusing on HIV+ women and their children, Project Air uses yoga to help genocide rape survivors manage the devastating effects of catastrophic sexual violence and HIV/AIDS.

PUMAPeace is Puma's social responsibility programme focusing on supporting global peace.

ROTA works to ensure that people affected by crisis across Asia and around the world have continuous access to relevant and high-quality primary and secondary education.


Founded in 2007, Women Win is recognised as a leading global organisation using sport as a strategy to advance women's rights.


Inspirasports is a non-profit organization specialized in the field of sport for development.


The Aspire Dome is credited as the world's largest indoor multi-purpose dome, offering the highest quality facilities for multiple sports and international events. The total seating capacity of Aspire Dome is 15,500 across thirteen seperate multi-sport halls and it adjoins ASPIRE Sports Academy for Sports Excellence.

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