Martha Saavedra

Martha Saavedra

Martha Saavedra
University of California, Berkeley

Martha Saavedra has been Associate Director of the Center for African Studies at the University of California, Berkeley since 1993. Her research, teaching and writing cover a range of topics including sport, gender, development, and agrarian politics. She has conducted research in Sudan, Senegal, Kenya, Ethiopia, and Timor-Leste.

Entrepreneuship training in sport and development

Promoting entrepreneurship has emerged as a popular solution to address unemployment and poverty. Donors, NGOs and governments are drawn to it especially when formal sector opportunities for youth are stagnant. For programs that intentionally instrumentalize sport to achieve development goals, incorporating elements of entrepreneurship may seem to be a natural progression. This presentation explores how three sport and development programs, Delta Cultura in Cape Verde, Empowering Women of Nepal, Sport Impact/Youth Creative for Development in Timor-Leste, embrace, embody, avoid or contend with ‘entrepreneurship’ discourse, policy and action. It seeks to assess the theoretical and practical implications of combining entrepreneurship promotion
with sport for development. This research is part of an ESRC/DFID funded project, ‘New Development Frontiers? The Role of Youth, Sport and Cultural Interventions’ based at Loughborough University, United Kingdom. Researchers include Aoife Sadlier, Richard Giulianotti, James Esson (Loughborough University, United Kingdom), Sagar Raj Sharma (Kathmandu University, Nepal) and Martha Saavedra (University of California, Berkeley, USA).

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