Using Inclusive Sport for Social Change in Malawi, Africa

Authors

  • Patricia J. Craig University of New Hampshire
  • Bob Barcelona University of New Hampshire
  • Semra Aytur University of New Hampshire
  • Jess Amato Northeast Passage, a program of the Univ of New Hampshire
  • Sarah J. Young School of Public Health, Indiana University Bloomington

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.18666/TRJ-2019-V53-I3-9720

Keywords:

Inclusive youth sport, Malawi, Africa, therapeutic recreation, United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals

Abstract

This report draws upon the first year of the Youth Enrichment through Sports (YES)-Africa cooperative agreement focused on sport for social change involving five sub-Saharan African countries. The YES-Africa program, funded by the U.S. Department of State, is designed to enhance cross-cultural understanding and collaboration between individuals and nations. The YESAfrica Malawi exchange builds capacity for sport leaders in Malawi to implement inclusive sport and recreation for youth with disabilities. This case study employs a content analysis of international and national legislative and policy agendas addressing inclusion of youth with disabilities within the context of sport, and explores barriers to policy implementation through interviews with seven key stakeholders and a review of structured field notes. Findings suggest that while Malawi’s legislative and policy landscape appears to adequately address the needs of youth with disabilities broadly, implementation is limited by social, physical, and socio-environmental barriers. We explore contributions of TR professionals in addressing key policy priorities in developing countries.Subscribe to TRJ

Author Biographies

Patricia J. Craig, University of New Hampshire

I am an Associate Professor in the Dept of Recreation Management and Policy

Bob Barcelona, University of New Hampshire

Associate Professor and Chair of Dept of Recreation Management and Policy

Semra Aytur, University of New Hampshire

Associate Professor, Department of Health Management and Policy

Jess Amato, Northeast Passage, a program of the Univ of New Hampshire

CTRS/L and Program Director of Northeast Passage’s school-based Recreational Therapy program

Sarah J. Young, School of Public Health, Indiana University Bloomington

Associate Professor and Interim Chair of Recreation, Park, and Tourism Studies

Published

2019-08-13

Issue

Section

Research Papers