Machacha Shepande

Machacha Shepande

Head of Sport African Union Commission
Senior Sports Officer
African Union Commission
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Previous positions:

Director of Planning, Supreme Council for Sport in Africa
Football Association of Zambia General Secretary
National Sports Council of Zambia General Secretary


Masters in Sociology and development Studies
Masters in Leading Innovation and Change
BA Education

Serves on the following international Boards:

Commonwealth Advisory Board on Sport

World Anti-doping Executive and Foundation Board

Summary of the Keynote Address

The African Union recognizes the pivotal role sport plays as a catalyst to achieve broader African Union Agenda 2063 and global development agenda, hence, the inclusion of a Faculty on Sport and Development within the Pan-African University is of vital importance. This decision is in view of the growing evidence and recognition that well-designed sport programmes designed holistically to incorporate the best practices, initiatives and values of sport can contribute to broader government development agenda as well as Agenda 2063 and SDGs. Sport being cross-cutting in nature, the faculty it is envisaged to support development efforts to address the aspiration of the Agenda 2063.

In addition, due to the shortage of training opportunities for Sport for Development and Peace (SDP) experts and decision makers, the potential of sport as a tool for individual and community change remains under-utilized and poorly understood. To this end, the Faculty on Sport and Development within the Pan-African University is aimed at delivering courses to empower sports experts and decision makers with core competencies to develop and evaluate sport for social change initiatives.

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