Sustainable Development Goals

NOWSPAR’s main programme and mission is mainly aligned to Goal 5: Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls.

In so doing we have the added value of contributing to several other goals.

Goal 1: No Poverty

We work with girls that are in community sport programmes to understand their education situation and needs.

The programme makes vocational skills training and financial support for their livelihoods in sport and non-sport-based enterprises accessible to a group of young women that would otherwise be left out.

Our programme models intervention design that meets the needs of girls and young women based on their needs and contextual situation.

To achieve this Goal, we have made the following strides, we have worked with girls and young women under two different programmes namely Play It Forward (PIF) and Ready to Earn (R2E) to empower 245 (150 for Play it Forward and 95 Ready to Earn) Adolescent Girls and Young Women (AGYW) through capacity building with different skills centres. The girls and young women have attained different skills such as catering, auto mobile mechanics, catering, tailoring and design.

We have developed further partnerships with sports associations such as Football Association of Zambia and have supported 27 young women in attaining coach licenses in FAZ D and CAF C (22 under Play it Forward and 5 under Ready to Earn respectively). Additionally, we have given out start- up capital to 22 girls under the Play it Forward programme which has helped them to run successful businesses. The girls and young women are now able to manage their businesses and maintain their employment which has overall reduced poverty amongst them.

Goal 3: Good Health and Well-Being

The programmes we deliver include awareness and actual service delivery. This ensures that we are keeping physical activity visible as part of local culture that contributes to healthy living. Providing support to the community-based organisations and clubs ensure that services are available at community level therefore enhancing access and participation of persons of various ages and disabilities in both rural and urban areas.

We insist on not only formal sports disciplines but general physical activity that is locally relevant and led by community volunteers and staff.

We deliver our programme in a way that addressed various aspects of health including communicable and non-communicable conditions, social cultural perceptions and myths related to wellbeing.

Our main focus as NOWSPAR is to advocate for physical participation and activity amongst women and girls and also the rest of the population.

We have made it a must that in all our work, girls and young women have access to sport equipment and facilities to allow them to participate in the sports arena. This helps them to be fit and reduce diseases that are caused by lack of physical activity.

We have worked with different partners who do several works under health. Our partner in Mwinilunga (Safrina foundation) focuses on sexual reproductive health and does advocacy on early marriages. These organizations have been working with NOWSPAR to reach out to over 4,600 Adolescent Girls and Young Women (AGYW) with sports-based programming that focuses on sexual reproductive health and financial literacy.

Goal 4: Quality Education

All our programs are tailored to provide inclusive and equitable quality education in order to promote lifelong learning opportunities for all.

Currently under the Goal program we equip school going girls with life skills and build capacity in various schoolsfor extra curriculum education, inclusive of supportingthe development of coach education.

Goal 5: Gender Equity

We are working to promote equality in a male dominated sector of sports. Most of our programs target girls and women as the sport is already male dominated.

We promote the participation of girls and women in different activities including leadership opportunities. Through our sport related activities, girls have access to participate and play a sport that is highly male dominated, and once they play, they gain the necessary experience and skills which will enable them to challenge the gender inequality that exists in sports.

Goal 10: Reduced Inequalities

In order to have an inclusive sports sector at various levels continuous advocacy is key. And so, over the last several years NOWSPAR has continued to participate at international, regional and local levels in order to continue advocating for inclusive participation within the sector.

Therefore, we engage with various level of state structures including councils, district officers, ministries, parliamentary committees and Intergovernmental structures such as the African Union Region 5 to ensure that the Government has laws, policies and systems that are beneficial to the girls and women and addresses the gender issues that prevail currently.

Goal 16: Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all, and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels.

We bring the value of enhancing inclusive institutions are all levels through our work addressing gender-based marginalization. Our services also facilitate participation on young people and persons in rural areas.

We support sports organizations to develop their institutional arrangements to enable them to be more structurally accessible and to set up for a culture of accountability for resources and wellbeing of their members.

Goal 17: Partnerships for the goals

As NOWSPAR, we work with other partners from grassroot to international level. This is to ensure that our work reaches everyone and that our work is also sustained.

Our model is to support other organizations to develop their structures and enable them to function properly as an institution. We support sport organizations, clubs, associations and federations including non-sports organizations to develop and strengthen their own institutional capacity to deliver for girls and young women.

Additionally, we enable them to be more structurally accessible and set up a culture of accountability for resources through our sub granting model. Currently through our model we are sub granting 10 partners.