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Refugees and International Actors learning from each other

During the webinar ‘Sports for Development and Social Business’ organized by Girls in the Lead and Yunus Sports Hub, Sadumba, the secretary of the KLABU clubhouse in Kalobeyei represented the KLABU family and eloquently told our story to participants dialing in from all four corners of the world.

This webinar was the epitome of cooperation and learning from one another. In a humanitarian world where funding is often the biggest barrier to making wonderful projects come to life, Sadumba, thanks to the new Wi-Fi connection at the clubhouse in Kalobeyei, was able to share a few techniques that the KLABU team in Kalobeyei has adopted to ensure their clubhouse’s longevity.

One of these techniques that seemed to particularly interest other changemakers was how the Kalobeyei community had unanimously agreed to not make all KLABU services free of charge. This has allowed for, among others, increased ownership, entrepreneurship and self-reliance.

KLABU deems these sorts of brainstorming and building sessions to be crucial if we are to reach the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030. In fact, SDG 17, “strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development” is seen as the first stepping stone in order to tackle the other 16 goals.

Ultimately, we all play an important role in global development and should be given the space to do so. Development dialogue is more expansive than a simple bottom-up or top-down approach. A successful implementation of the Sustainable Development Agenda requires action, but to do that, global development needs local coordination via local governmental bodies and backing from international organizations.

Sadumba and other refugees will most definitely be continuing to represent KLABU on the international stage and offer their valuable insights on global development. In order to make the world a better place we need to leave space for productive cooperation between those equipped with the necessary tools for change and those who persevere until their problems have been solved.