Delegates Gather in Athens for Final Erasmus+ Exchange of 2017

Delegates representing countries form across Europe gathered in December for the final exchange of 2017, part of the Erasmus+ Homeless World Cup Project. A three-year project founded by the EU and coordinated by the Homeless World Cup Foundation.

The knowledge sharing exchange – hosted by Shedia (Homeless World Cup National Partner in Greece) –  saw delegates from Belgium, Greece, Netherlands and Norway discussing the topic of Impact and the challenges of effecting positive impact across different street football programmes and measuring said impact.

Day one saw each country present to the group the work of their organisation, followed by a question and answer session. After the presentations, delegates began discussing the principles of Impact to find common ground between programmes across different countries. This also helped the group outline some of the challenges they face in terms of effecting positive change through their programmes. Measuring and evaluating the impact of the programme (M&E) was revealed to be the most common challenge across the network.

Rune Isegran, presenting the work of Gatefotball and Salvation Army Norway.

Day two began with a walking tour of Athens, part of Shedia’s programme, which offers street paper vendors and other participants in the programme the opportunity to become tour guides and offer visitors a unique insight into the Greek capital.

Walking tour of Athens organised by Shedia Invisible Tours.

After the tour, delegates reunited to explore the different ways to monitor impact and each country had the opportunity to present to the group their current M&E practices, this allowed delegates to learn from each programme and take ideas on how to improve their own approach.

Wouter Blockx from Belgian Homeless Cup presenting their model to the group.

The Athens exchange was the last event for 2017 of the three-year Homeless World Cup Erasmus+ Project funded by the EU. This year will be the final year of the project starting with a get-together in Slovenia in March, and the European Street Football Festival in Graz in July.