Review of Right to Play
Right to Play (former Olympic Aid), is an athlete-driven international humanitarian organisation which uses sport and play as a development tool for children and youth. The central delivery method is through international volunteers who teach RTP modules to local coaches based in refugee camps, at schools, or in community based organisations. This review was commissioned by Norad and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and the team visited RTP projects in Pakistan and Tanzania. The team found that RTP employ very different methods in different locations, and that the degree of partnership, local involvement, and coaches' satisfaction, varies a lot. RTP is a young organisation and has expanded very rapidly, presently running projects in more than 20 countries. The team warns RTP against expanding to new countries for the time being. The organisation has proved to be cost effective in the field, and has a dedicated and professional staff. Provided the organisation follows up on their plans for hiring more local staff and decentralising training and administration, as well as making strategies for how to improve partnerships with local organisations and government authorities, the review team supports the idea of long-term funding of RTP projects.
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