- Infrastructure: We would like to see continued allocation to development and rehabilitation of sport infrastructure at district level to improve access at local level and increase sport related investments from other stakeholders
- Decentralisation: We look forward to seeing investment in this process to ensure that service of sport and recreation are taken closer to the people and channels of service delivery and accountability are strengthened.
- Human Capacity Development: Allocation to development of expertise at governance, administrative, coaching and athlete levels
- International Engagements: We would like to see allocation for preparation and participation in international competitions as well as policy meetings at regional and international levels.
- Governance of Sport: Allocation to reinforce the functioning of sport governance structures including the National Sport Council, Paralympic Committee and Boxing Board.
- Legislation and International Protocols: We would like to see allocation to review of the NSCZ Act and to its implementation. Allocation to commitments made through international protocols and agreements.
- Policies: Our interests are in allocations enabling implementation of national policies in the sport sector including National Strategic Plan on GBV, National Gender mainstreaming, youth empowerment and social security.
NOWSPAR launched its strategic planning process on Friday 13th September with a Visioning Workshop at which we explored our ideas and thoughts for our 2014-2017 strategic plan.
‘We are excited about this process as we have an opportunity of adapting and renewing ourselves as an organisation and to set some really amazing targets that will stretch us and impact sport and Zambia positively for girls and women.’ NOWSPAR Director Matilda Mwaba said.
This planning initiative is a process that NOWSPAR owns and is facilitated by Mr. Mumbuna Mweenda a consultant provided by the Zambian Governance Foundation as part of the Organisation Capacity Development support.
The process will engage various stakeholders from beneficiaries to funders, government and fellow civil society actors in and outside the sport community.
The plan is critical to managing ourselves and our work as it will provide a framework for our decision making and will articulate our ambitions for the period therefore providing opportunity for stakeholders to see how they can benefit from us or cooperate with us towards mutual targets.
Staff feedback about the process was positive:
‘I thought this was something done only by senior executives and managers, so I am happy that my voice is considered important as my work affects my life so I like it‘
‘This helped me assess my own values and personal mission and how this is connected to my professional life, I felt a sense of belonging and I am proud to help with figuring out the future of the organisation.’
At the front of everyone’s mind are issues of impact and sustainability, so we are committed to have clarity on these in the plan and that this will be consistent with our values.
It is anticipated that the plan will be ready for launch on the last day of our 2013 program year this December; however this document will be kept dynamic with consistent monitoring and regular reflection on our progress and the strength of the decisions we make during this process.
The planning process is supported by our partners Norwegian Olympic Committee, Women Win and Zambian Governance Foundation.
The Zambia Amateur Athletics Association (ZAAA) successfully hosted its national consultative meeting that brought together delegates from across the nation to deliberate on the development of athletics.
A key conversation at this forum was a session on safeguarding the integrity of sport that was delivered by NOWSPAR Executive Director Ms. Matilda Mwaba.
The session looked at key risks to integrity of sport and the roles and responsibilities of duty bearers within the Athletics Association.
A major outcome of this process was the resolution to set up a committee to look into safeguarding issues within ZAAA.
NOWSPAR will be supporting this committee with technical advice, tools and capacity building.
This is a step forward within NOWSPAR’s Play Free program on safeguarding sport that ZAAA is part of, past actions have included consultative meetings with executive members, self-audit and awareness session with program directors.
This is possible with the support of our partners Government Ministry of Sport, Norwegian Olympic Committee, Women Win and Zambian Governance Foundation.