Around Christmas Sevilla and Mali footballer Freddie Kanouté organised a game in Madrid where a Jose Mourinho-managed Africa United team won 3-2 against a Spanish League selection captained by world cup winner Sergio Ramos.
The match, attended by 40,000 fans and broadcast live on Spanish TV, raised around €600,000 to be divided between UNICEF’s Schools for Africa programme, the Nelson Mandela Foundation and Kanouté’s own personal charitable foundation.
I spoke with Kanouté about the game for this month’s When Saturday Comes magazine. It was easily one of the most thought provoking chats I’ve had in a long time. His considered views on development / charity / support for Africa were particularly interesting I reckoned:
“This is long-term work we are doing together, not us telling them to take this money and build a well or take this money and buy some food,” he said. “Our approach is that poverty is the symptom of a lack of jobs and opportunities, so we are trying to do our bit by focusing on education and skills to break that cycle. We’ve already created twenty jobs in Mali, and this will increase when the school and skills training centre opens. Almost all of these people were previously unemployed, and everyone now supports a whole family with their salaries. We also have a livestock donation project, which helps provide a family with a small income.”
To read the full article you’d best get a hold of a copy of the magazine, which is available from all good UK or Irish newsagents or online via the WSC.co.uk website.
I’m pretty happy now to be writing regularly on Spanish football for WSC. In January’s edition I had a piece analysing the financial reasons why Madrid and Barcelona are currently so dominant in La Liga – click on the link for a read.
Did you know that Ireland should finally get a proper modern postcode system at some point in 2011? If not then you must not have read the feature I put together on GIS (geographical information systems) for March’s Computers in Business magazine with the Sunday Business Post.
The feature included a basic intro explaining what GIS solutions can do and how organisations use them, panels looking at where the info used comes from and how they typically work – and then a forward looking conclusion looking at how the introduction of the post-code system, and other developments such as social networking location based services and mobile internet use would impact on the GIS space in future.