Collective Action

Collective Action

Achieving more, together 

Sport has the power to change the lives of displaced young people. Helping them find connections, learn new skills and find their place in the world.

There are many inspiring organisations using sport to benefit refugees and we believe there is a huge opportunity to transform the futures of these young people, if we collaborate and learn from each other to collectively advance this work – with support from our donors and funding partners. Together, we can achieve much more.

Working in partnership with multiple stakeholders we are shaping a movement. Creating sustained change and taking action together to scale, improve and innovate the way in which sport is being used to support displaced young people.

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Together with our partners, we are shaping a movement ensuring young people affected by displacement can access safe sport

A team like no other

How the Olympic Refuge Foundation makes change happen

The Olympic Refuge Foundation’s Theory of Change

2021 programme design workshop in Paris

Designing the “Terrains d’Avenir” programme with the consortium of partners including the Ministère des Sports et des Jeux Olympiques et Paralympiques, Kabubu, Taekwondo Humanitarian Foundation, PLAY international, Emmaüs Solidarité, Ovale Citoyen and Fútbol Más.

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2021 programme design workshop in Paris

United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi, meeting the Refugee Olympic Team in Tokyo

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United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi, meeting the Refugee Olympic Team in Tokyo

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We’re shaping a movement

We’re building networks of individuals and organisations, working together to ensure access to safe sport for all young refugees.

The Olympic Refuge Foundation Think Tank

Bringing experts together from leading academic institutions, NGOs and the private and public sectors, to progress the thinking and practice of the movement

The Sport for Refugees Coalition

More than 80 members, from grassroots clubs, to sporting federations governments, committed to promoting and ensuring equal access to safe sport for all refugees

The Sport for Protection Community of Practice

A network of individual experts in delivering sport to support refugees, working collaboratively, to learn, share and build the capability of peers within the sector

The Olympic Refuge Foundation Think Tank

Bringing experts together from leading academic institutions, NGOs and the private and public sectors, to progress the thinking and practice of the movement

The Sport for Refugees Coalition

More than 80 members, from grassroots clubs, to sporting federations governments, committed to promoting and ensuring equal access to safe sport for all refugees

The Sport for Protection Community of Practice

A network of individual experts in delivering sport to support refugees, working collaboratively, to learn, share and build the capability of peers within the sector

About the Think Tank

The Olympic Refuge Foundation Think Tank is a core component of our collective action work.  

It was established in 2020 with the aim of enhancing knowledge, understanding and uptake of sport to help young people in situations of forced displacement. 

The Think Tank currently focuses on sport and its contribution to improving the mental health and psychosocial support (MHPSS) for young people in these difficult situations.    

Think Tank Members

Alastair Ager

Emeritus Professor of Global Health and Development, Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh
Professor, Population and Family Health, Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University, New York

Alastair Ager  

Simon Rosenbaum

Associate Professor, School of Psychiatry, UNSW Sydney

Simon Rosenbaum

Sabrina Hermosilla

Assistant Professor, Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University, New York

Sabrina Hermosilla

Claudia Reardon

Professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health
Madison, Wisconsin.

Claudia Reardon

Peter Ventevogel

Senior Mental Health & Psychosocial Support Officer
Public Health Section, Division of Resilience and Solutions, UNHCR, Geneva

Peter Ventevogel

Ajwang Warria

Associate Professor, Faculty of Social Work, University of Calgary, Calgary

Ajwang Warria

Holly Collison-Randall

Senior Lecturer, Institute for Sport Business, Loughborough University, London

Holly Collison-Randall

Maria Bray

Global Advisor on child protection and Mental Health and Psychosocial Support (MHPSS), Terre des Hommes, Lausanne

Maria Bray

Grace Gatera

Youth and Lived Experience Expert, My Mind Our Humanity, Kigali

Grace Gatera

Davy Vancampfort

Assistant Professor, KU Leuven Department of Rehabilitation Sciences Research Group for Adapted Physical Activity and Psychomotor Rehabilitation, Leuven

Davy Vancampfort

Jadranka Stikovac Clark 

Senior Advisor & Director of Institute, Generations for Peace, Amman

Jadranka Stikovac Clark 

Phiona Koyiet

Senior Technical Advisor Mental Health and Psychosocial Support (MHPSS); Global Disaster Management Team at World Vision International; Nairobi

Phiona Koyiet

Victor Ugo

Mental Health and Psychosocial Support (MHPSS) and Youth Engagement Advisor, MHPSS Collaborative

Victor Ugo

Leslie Snider

Founder, Peace in Practice, Amsterdam

Leslie Snider

Sarah Harrison

Technical Team Lead, International Federation of Red Cross Red Crescent Societies’ Reference Centre for Psychosocial Support (IFRC PS Centre)

Sarah Harrison

Dick Clomén

Head of Humanitarian Diplomacy, Liaison and Regional Support, International Federation of Red Cross Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) Europe Region, Stockholm

Dick Clomén

Dicky Pelupessy

Lecturer, Faculty of Psychology, Universitas Indonesia

Dicky Pelupessy

David Karorero

Youth and Lived Experience Advocate, Burundi

David Karorero

Chinwendu Ukachukwu

Youth and Lived Experience Advocate, Nigeria

Chinwendu Ukachukwu

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We’re building a team like no other, and we want everyone to be part of it. Every day we’re helping displaced young people thrive through sport. Whether you want to share your resources, become a partner, join one of our networks or spread the word, you are welcome. Join us today.
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