Call for Participation: Development through Football Conference in Vienna (23-24 April)08 March 2010

Two months away from the first FIFA World Cup finals on the African continent, the “Development through Football – Sustaining the potential of the first African World Cup” conference will draw the attention of the public to the potential contribution of football in addressing poverty and promoting development initiatives.

The 2-day Vienna conference (23-24 April 2010) will bring together football governing bodies, public authorities, coaches and players with NGO experts, researchers and campaigners in the area of Sport-for-Development. The aim is to exchange good practice and to critically assess the role of sport as a resource for achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

The participants will come from across Europe and various African countries, including South Africa. The conference is expected to pave the way for a European networking process based on the proactive exchange of knowledge, ideas, experience and expertise of various stake holders from the perspective of Football-for-Development.

The gathering is the first major international initiative of the new European Union funded project “Football for Development”. It aims at awareness-raising and educational work around the forthcoming World Cup 2010 in South Africa. The conference is organised by the Austrian FARE member organisation VIDC-FairPlay together with INEX-SDA (Czech Republic) and the FARE partners UISP (Italy) and Mahatma Gandhi Human Rights Organization (Hungary).

At a time when the football family will be gearing up for the first hosting of the great festival on the African continent, the organisers invite NGOs, grass-root projects, football stakeholders and other interested parties to Vienna to attend the conference.

To download the conference programme, featuring speakers and resource persons please open the following link: vienna_conference_programme_football_for_development_23-24_april_2010.pdf

How to get involved?
Participants are required to register for the conference until 24 March 2010 . Registration is free. Participants will have to cover their own travel and hotel costs.

Please complete the Registration Form which can be downloaded here:

Return the filled form to or Fax 0043 1 7133594 – 73.

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