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More than a player, More than a Team

Posted by on Oct 28, 2013 in Insights | 0 comments

More than a player, More than a Team

Some times a random post on someones Facebook shows how the integrated approach of GDM is working. Playing, working in veg garden, financial sustainability, nutrition: all linked. Here is a picture of Chibanga, taken from his Facebook page, with the fruits of their labour: I like seeing success stories spontaneously shared and not written in...

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Sustainable Social Enterprise

Posted by on May 6, 2013 in Insights | 0 comments

Sustainable Social Enterprise

The construction and opening of the Manica Football for Hope Centre has come and gone, but the impact of the project is still evident. In the three pictures below one can see how the GDM players are working hard and making ‘eco-bricks’. Truly inspirational, and it shows why they were chosen to ‘deserve’ one of the 20 FFH Centres!                                      

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Futeco as Heterotopia

Posted by on Apr 28, 2013 in Insights | 0 comments

Michel Foucault (1) in 1967 wrote an unpublished article entitled “Des Espace Autres” (2) whereby he introduced the concept of heterotopias. In this reflection I want to make that obscure article plainly accessible and relate its relevance to a space in the Mozambican town of Manica, a space called Futeco Park (3) (hereafter Futeco). Both Foucault and I, for different reasons focus on multiplicity, a desanctification of homogenous spaces, both geographic and philosophical. Foucault holds that we live in a ‘epoch of space’ which is an...

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Monitoring and Evaluation

Posted by on Mar 11, 2012 in Insights | 0 comments

Monitoring and Evaluation

As social development ‘experts’ continue to realise their mandate of introducing business and project management principles into the lives of the vulnerable, grassroots people have to adapt or die to what is quickly becoming a normative discourse. The ever popular M&E paradigm of doing development employs vocabulary of learning, transparency, accountability and growth; but the reflective practitioner, historian and social scientist has long recognised that the heart of the matter is a preference of control over trust. The...

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Our Global Village

Posted by on Jul 25, 2011 in Insights | 0 comments

Our Global Village

Part of the magic of GDM is that we are remotely situated in the beautiful village of Manica in Central Mozambique. This is a blessing and a curse, since very few Westerners will stumble upon Manica or get introduced to GDM by chance! On the upside once someone goes through the effort to travel to Manica they are rewarded with the experience that is ‘out of this world’. Our relationship with Arsenal in the Community has been fantastic, since it makes the Manican youths feel that they are not alone, and that they are part of the...

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Development as Family

Posted by on May 27, 2011 in Insights | 0 comments

At GDM we always explain that one of our three core values is a relational approach. Now, to state that something is a value, or at leased a desired value, presupposes that the opposite or lack of that value is also a possibility. In the case of development work, the inverted value is one of treating people like projects. And this is where the rhetoric and emotions of all those involved in Manica enter the battle field. Our relational approach, means we view and treat each other like family- those living in Manica and those living elsewhere....

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being heard

Posted by on Dec 13, 2010 in Insights | 0 comments

being heard

  Today 20 Under 14 kids accompanied me and a senior player, Alex, to Futeco Park. The mission was, instead of playing a game, to pick up all the small stones on the field and to remove wild grass and weeds. As the kids started to clean, one of the local boys (pictured above in red shirt) that lives there in the very rural part of town, aproached and started helping, without talking to anyone. At the end of the day this boy had gathered a substantial heap of stones, so we invited him for a colddrink and biscuits. As he entered the...

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A Third Summer in Manica

Posted by on Oct 8, 2010 in Blogs, Insights | 0 comments

GDM never fails to amaze me; this summer was my third visit to the club. So I decided to try and tackle this, why have I been there three years running? What is it that makes me keep going back? No easy answer really, but for me GDM intrigues me so much because of the desire of everybody involved to learn and develop and achieve more. Plenty of clubs and communities would be content with the progress already made. But not the people of Manica, and that for me is what lures me back at every opportunity! I want to be a part of it, seeing the...

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Mostly, They Help Us

Posted by on Aug 8, 2010 in Blogs, Insights | 0 comments

Mostly, They Help Us

When development works, it is a process of mutual learning, sincere friendships and creating a new future, a future that we collectively hope for, a future we choose. GDM started the Futeco Park initiative that aims to create safe and beautiful spaces to play and learn. Government gave us 10 hectares of land where we want to build 3 football fields and plant 1500 trees; combining ‘futebol e ecologia’. Infrastructure and Mozambique are two words that does not read well together! Firstly, the Portuguese did not leave much of a legacy...

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local to global

Posted by on Feb 14, 2010 in Blogs, Insights | 0 comments

The date: 9-10 February. The place: Lyon, France. The occasion: Sony Leadership Development meets African challenges! Sony executives from all over Europe came together for the launch of their final leadership challenge. Three African projects were also represented and were to be the beneficiaries and ‘case studies’ that provides context for the Sony staff to show their leadership capabilities. The event was facilitated by Impact International in collaboration with Streetfootballworld and Sony. During this launch participants got a...

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