The report compares the key statistics of the African countries taking part in the tournament against their competitors in terms of development – examining key indicators such as economic growth, access to education and human development.
Although African nations have a fair playing field when it comes to football; this is not the case when it comes to issues such as trade or the fight against climate change. The report shows that:
The average life expectancy in Nigeria is 48 years, compared to 75 years in Argentina.
Women in Côte d’Ivoire are 8 times more likely to die as a result of child birth than their Brazilian counterparts.
In South Africa 44.5% of parliamentarians (in the lower or single house) are women, compared to 18.9% in France.
In the foreword to the report, Annan and Drogba state:
“We passionately believe that fair play should not be limited to the way countries play, run and score against each other, but also the way they do business and politics with each other; that the spirit of the World Cup should extend into countries’ economic and political relations; and that the celebration of our common humanity should not be limited to one month every four years.”
Both men hope that as well as celebrating the World Cup, ‘Scoring for Africa’ makes football fans around the world more aware of another side to the tournament, and ensures that the outpouring of interest in Africa around the games is channelled towards a fairer world over the long term.
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