Cities are dynamic hubs for trade, economic and social development, productivity, ideas and much more. Nevertheless, cities are often confronted by various problems: pollution, deteriorating infrastructure, a lack of basic services, and overcrowding in certain areas. In the context of population growth and rapid urbanisation, particularly in Africa, effective planning and management measures are essential for creating sustainable cities and communities.

How can sport address this issue ?

Urban sports facilities are a powerful tool for the development, inclusion and sustainability of cities and communities. Given their mass appeal, sports facilities help to strengthen social ties in neighbourhoods, thus helping to maintain local populations and encourage their involvement in collective, social and economic life.

Sports facilities are a source of positive identification and accessibility, and most facilities are relatively simple and inexpensive. These infrastructures increase the attractiveness of neighbourhoods and can contribute to local economic development.

Often well received by local people, these projects and sports spaces make it possible to maintain a dialogue between the public authorities and civil society.

Project related to Goal 11

Kibera Black Stars: key players upgrading a slum

In Kenya, A Human Rainbow is supporting the construction of multipurpose facilities for community use on an empty plot of land in the Kibera slum. The site will be used as the headquarters of the Kibera Black Stars, the renowned local football team.