Using Sports to Engage Youth

Venue: Conference Hall, CDPR
Date: 8th January 2019, Tuesday
Time: 3.30 pm to 5.00 pm

More than 64{5fae829be7f2ac2fe240ef3893666b371329fe804754bc76382cc5045395a053} of Pakistan’s population is below the age of 30. Since they form the bulk of the country’s citizens, it is important that they be provided opportunities for healthy activities, such as sports.
Meaningful youth engagement, with a focus on opening up spaces for increased participation in sports, will help improve overall well-being and provide a dimension of personal empowerment and influence to the youth. However, according to the UNDP’s National Human Development Report on Pakistan,93{5fae829be7f2ac2fe240ef3893666b371329fe804754bc76382cc5045395a053} of the youth do not have access to sporting facilities, while even lesser have ever attended a sporting event.

To discuss this issue the following speakers were invited:

Mr Najam Sethi (Former Chairman Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB)) – Discussed how sports can be used to empower Pakistan’s youth using his experience in the PCB

Dr. Faisal Bari (Co-lead author of UNDP’s National Human Development Report on Pakistan’s youth and CDPR Fellow and Board Member) – Discussed findings from UNDP’s National Human Development Report on youth

Dr. Ijaz Nabi (Board Chairperson, CDPR, and Pakistan Country Director, International Growth Centre (IGC)) – Moderated the session