Washington, DC – On September 16, 2015, a contract became effective between PeacePlayers International (PPI) and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Office of Conflict Management and Mitigation to implement a two-year, $1,535,331 cooperative agreement. The two organizations will work together through the summer of 2017 to dramatically broaden PPI’s outreach in Israel and the West Bank using the game of basketball to unite and educate hundreds of Palestinian and Israeli young people as well as influential key personnel in both communities.
PPI’s Managing Director in Israel and the West Bank, Karen Doubilet, comments, “PPI is grateful for USAID’s partnership, which enables us to scale up our impact, providing high-quality, impactful programming to facilitate cooperation between, and build the capacities of, Palestinian and Israel youth and key people.”
USAID will fund more than half the costs of the project for the life of the grant, expected to reach over 700 Palestinian and Israeli young people as well as individuals who have been classified as “key people,” who will aid in bringing about structural change. The program includes four project components: Children and Youth Activities, Youth Social Entrepreneurship Initiative, Leadership Development Program and Sports Diplomats for Peace. Through the project, PPI – ME will bring six high-profile athletes and coaches, and a conflict resolution expert from the United States who will lead a series of capacity building workshops for Palestinians and Israelis. All activities will revolve around PPI’s unique basketball-based peacebuilding curriculum, developed in partnership with the Arbinger Institute and Laureus Sport for Good Foundation.
About PeacePlayers International: PeacePlayers International (PPI) is an innovative nonprofit organization that uses the game of basketball to unite and educate young people and their communities. Founded in 2001 on the premise that children who play together can learn how to live together, PeacePlayers International currently operates programs in South Africa, Northern Ireland, Israel and the West Bank, Cyprus and Washington, DC that have collectively reached over 69,000 young people. For more information, please visit www.peaceplayersintl.org.