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Bangladesh Football Federation already took some initiatives for Social Development in Rohingya community and achieved success.

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What problem does the idea help to solve and how does your solution work? (2,000 characters maximum)

Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) is working with the Asian Football Confederation (AFC), UNHCR, JAAGO Foundation, The Football Association (The FA) and Coaches Across Continent (CAC) since 2018 to implement Social Responsibility activities in Cox’s Bazar and Dhaka. The initiative was undertaken in response to the Rohingya emergency, which resulted more than 700,000 people fleeing Myanmar and joining more than 200,000 Rohingya already in Bangladesh. More than half the population is under 18 years old. The main aim of the project is therefore to use the power of football as a tool to empower them in society, create social awareness and engage young adults in sporting activities (mainly football) as the source of recreation. Moreover, long term desired outcome of this project is to strengthen the relationship of Rohingya people with local community at Cox’s Bazar, build the capacities of the Rohingya to meet their own needs, and ensure sustainable programming for football

Geography of focus (500 characters)

The project will serve the southern part off Bangladesh and the place is called Cox's Bazar. Cox's Bazar is one of the 64 districts in Bangladesh. The idea targets this community because Rohingya community is staying at the 32 camps at Ukhiya, Cox's Bazar.

Building Bridges: What bridge does your idea build between people on the move and neighbors towards a shared future of stability and promise? (500 characters)

Around 300,000 local people were staying at the place before the Rhoingya people started to come. Now the place is hosting around 1,300,000 altogether. Because of the Rohingya people local are affected as well as the Rohingya's left their house and just surviving in Bangladesh. Bangladesh Football Federation is aiming to create an unique bridge between local and Rohingya community using the power of football thus both community feel like home and help each other to overcome the crisis moment.

What human need is your idea solving for? (1,000 characters)

Aim of the project: • Create social awareness and build capacities using the power of football, including by engaging young adults and strengthen the relationship between Rohingya and local community. This concept is known as Community-Based Protection. Objectives of the project: • Use the power of football to empower children in the society. • Work with children at grassroots level and run events. • Use “purposeful play” to address social needs in the community. • Use football to create positive interactions between the local Bangladesh community and Rohingya community. • Create social awareness among the underprivileged children such as child rights, child protection, community-based protection, child abuse including violence/sexual/verbal/neglect, and health and wellness outcomes with a special focus on hygiene.

What will be different within the community of focus as a result of implementing your idea? (1,000 characters)

Community will be empowered, social awareness will be created, children will be aware of their rights and needs. Moreover positive iterations will be made between Rohingya and local community.

What is the inspiration behind your idea? (1,000 characters)

BFF Legacy Proposal The BFF recognises that the AFC-led initiative has had a strong impact on both the Bangladesh and Rohingya communities. Building off this initiative and would like to propose further development of this initiative, which will have a sustainable and year-round impact on both populations. This will help achieve the desired outcomes of: - Improving Community-Based Protection, including with a gender lens. - Improving relationships between Bangladesh and Rohingya communities. - Provide Purposeful Play and footballing opportunities to all children including regular training sessions, teams, and events to improve UNSDG3: Good Health and Well-Being and enforce the United Nations Rights of the Child: Right to Play.

Describe the dynamics of the community in which the idea is to be implemented. (1,000 characters)

This proposal has been prepared as a result of diligent discussions with various organisations, some Football activities and from experiences from within the Rohingya Camps. The review identified significant opportunities to utilise Football Development initiatives and ideas over a sustained 12-month period to address some of the social, lifestyle and human challenges that exist in the Rohingya Camps. It will require year-round monitoring and evaluation from the BFF and provide more regular opportunities for children to interact through teams and tournaments. BFF also plans to continue the Football Development initiatives to local community of Cox’s Bazar for next 12 months. This will help to link the relationship between local community and Rohingya community. Moreover it will create the opportunity to the grassroots footballers to perform and develop their skills and become a professional footballer.

How does your idea leverage and empower community strengths and assets to help create an environment for success? (1,000 characters)

The idea is tasted in the community and it became successful. But the idea was tasted in a small scale and for a limited period of time. Thus Bangladesh Football Federation is focusing to implement the idea on a larger scale and for a sustained period of time. More people will be engaged to monitor and evaluate the idea as needed. The community have already shown their passion to football and eager to engage in such kind of activities. Therefore Bangladesh Football Federation believe the project will be successful if implemented in larger scale.

What other partners or stakeholders will work alongside you in implementing the idea, if any? (1,000 characters)

UNHCR, BRAC, Coaches Across Continent will be engaged as partner of this project.

What part of the displacement journey is your solution addressing

  • Being on the move, crossing borders, and/or temporarily settled

Tell us how you'd describe the type of innovation you are proposing

  • Channel: A new way to deliver existing products or services to customers or end users

Idea Proposal Stage

  • Early Adoption: We have completed a pilot and analyzed the impact of that pilot on the intended users of the idea. I have proof of user uptake (i.e. 16% to 49% of the target population or 1,000 to 50,000 users).

Group or Organization Name

Bangladesh Football Federation

Tell us more about your group or organization [or lived experience as a displaced person?] (1000 characters)

Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) is the governing body of football in Bangladesh. BFF runs football tournament at national and international level throughout the year. BFF wants to implement the football project as the part of the social responsibility that will benefit both local community and Rohingya community at Cox's Bazar. BFF has the ability and expertise to implement the project at the field level. BFF already implemented some phases of this project in a small scale with the help of AFC, UNHCR, BRAC and will be able to implement and monitor at larger scale.

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The blind and other disabled persons can neither play nor view football, but should be located at the intersect of social responsibility through capacity development. Yes; incorporating their sustainability need into your design is the only means of ensuring their social and economic inclusions. Thereby, eradicating their increasing liability on the entire society. All the same, good concept there. Good luck to you!

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