Football for hope: Statement of intent
Within the framework of the Football for Hope movement, on 11 May FIFA, the Inter-American Development Bank (DB), the South American Football Confederation (CONMEBOL) and the Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) established a partnership to create development opportunities for children and young people living in poverty in the region through the promotion of football. The four organizations signed a Memorandum of Understanding in Toronto recognizing that football is a powerful tool for the creation of human capital as well as a vehicle for the development of self-esteem, community integration and technical and leadership skills.
The agreement seeks to consolidate support from other organizations, business and/or sources of private funding and identity initiatives through which football can become a support mechanism and foster academic and personal development.
“Football provides an unparalleled platform to promote social development,” said FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter. “The IDB believes in the power of football to mobilize the private, public and non-profit sectors to have a positive impact on young people,” said IDB President Luis Alberto Moreno. “The social commitment of FIFA, CONCACAF and CONMEBOL, combined with the bank’s ability to work with governments and bring people together through our networks and outreach programmes, and our experience and institutional knowledge in developing social development projects represents a solid platform,” he added. The agreement recognizes that children and young people living in poverty are more exposed to the perils of the street and therefore one of its key objectives is to provide alternative activities to help young people stay away from crime, vice and working on the streets.
The Memorandum of Understanding will also promote initiatives for personal development such as scholarships, counseling and mentoring, using sports stars as role models and ambassadors.