Dr. Oscar Mwaanga

Dr. Oscar Mwaanga is an Associate Professor is Sport, Education and Development  at Southampton Solent University and the CEO of EduMove Group LtD (UK). He obtained his Diploma in Education from Nkrumah Teachers College and his BSc and MSc from the Norwegian University of Sport Science. He obtained his PhD from Leeds Beckett University (UK).

At the turn of the last century, Dr. Mwaanga co-pioneered the SDP movement in Zambia and set up EduSport Foundation in 1997 as the first SDP organisation in Zambia. Other SDP and educational programmes he inspired include the Kicking AIDS Out, the Go Sisters, the formation the Physical Education Association of Zambia (PETAZ) and the setting-up of the first ever diploma in sport at the University of Zambia. His recent work in EduMove innovatively addresses physical inactivity, childhood obesity and disengaged learning via the promotion of Physically Active Learning and Teaching (PATL) in UK schools.


‘Changing the conversation and narrative to alter the course of the SDP voyage’: Critical reflections from a 20 years engagement in SDP.

Undoubtedly, the enthusiasm laden early years of the current SDP movement are slowly settling down, giving way to more realistic criticism that questions whether the SDP projects have delivered development to the intended target groups particularly in the so called ‘global south’ (Mwaanga and Adeosun, 2017). On the African side, there is a resounding fear that SDP will end up as another failed development intervention, a label which has become synonymous with international development aid.

Indeed, contemporary SDP scholars (e.g., Hayhurst, 2009; Spaaij, 2012; Giulianotti, 2004; Banda and Mwaanga, 2014) are starting to critique the capacity and credibility of the SDP projects claims to deliver development outcomes. This paper takes this effort further by drawing on lessons from my 20 years multiple engagement in SDP as an activist, practitioner, innovator and academic. To help uncover realistic ways to alter the trajectory of the international SDP project, the paper identifies and critically examines the issues and voices constructing the SDP conversation and narrative. The analysis will centralise the role of ideology and social theory in the critique and progressive recommendations particularly for the Zambian SDP project.