The motives and social capital gains of sport for development and peace volunteers in Cameroon: A comparative analysis of international and national volunteers

Jo Clarke, Paul Salisbury

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Abstract

The growth of institutions, corporations and International Non-Governmental Organisations (INGOs) using sport as a tool for social mobility in developing countries has placed the Sport for Development and Peace (SDP) sector within broader debates of northern hegemony (Giulianotti, 2004; Hayhurst, 2009; Kidd, 2008). Critical analyses of the SDP sector has suggested that such INGO programmes operate within hegemonic relations in which privileged groups (i.e. the international organisation) maintain a position of benefit and leverage over others (i.e. national organisations in the global south) through social and cultural negotiations. This chapter is based upon the context of Sport INGOs’ tendency to use volunteer-based delivery models within Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA), which has been described as a prime location for SDP activities (Levermore & Beacom, 2009). Using a combination of post-colonial and social capital theory the chapter draws on the suggestion by Darnell and Hayhurst (2012) to illustrate the perspectives, motivations and personal gains of the SDP sector’s front line: its volunteers, as a topic for critical inquiry. In doing so, compares the motives of international volunteers from a global north country (UK) and national volunteers from a global south nation (Cameroon) who work together on the same programme. In order to understand the context of international and national sports volunteers, the chapter comprises of the following sections. Beginning with an outline of the academic context and analytical frameworks of post-colonial and social capital theory, we then move onto an introduction of the research context and methodology. Next, drawing on empirical data we highlight the key similarities and differences of international sports volunteers from Cricket Without Boundaries (CWB) and national sports volunteers from Cameroon Cricket Federation (CCF) who have volunteered on a two week project in Cameroon. Finally, we reflect on the data within the context of the theoretical frameworks introduced earlier. By highlighting our chosen case study it is our intention our work provokes debate and reflection by volunteer led organisations operating within an international collaboration. The motives and social capital gains of sport for development and peace volunteers in Cameroon: A comparative analysis of international and national volunteers. Available from: https://www.researchgate.net/publication/315798952_The_motives_and_social_capital_gains_of_sport_for_development_and_peace_volunteers_in_Cameroon_A_comparative_analysis_of_international_and_national_volunteers [accessed Jun 7, 2017].
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInternational Sports Volunteering
EditorsAngela M. Benson, Nicholas Wise
PublisherRoutledge
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-3155-1181-8
ISBN (Print)978-1-1386-9777-5
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2017

Publication series

NameRoutledge Research in Sport, Culture and Society
PublisherRoutledge

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    Clarke, J., & Salisbury, P. (2017). The motives and social capital gains of sport for development and peace volunteers in Cameroon: A comparative analysis of international and national volunteers. In A. M. Benson, & N. Wise (Eds.), International Sports Volunteering (Routledge Research in Sport, Culture and Society). Routledge.