School of Population Health

YSBCH Projects

Creating ChancesSport for social change and peace-building

Sport for social change (S4SC) involves purposefully designing social change, development programs that  harness the positive power of sport specifically  to address the sustainable development goals. This is made possible by going beyond community-based sports programs and integrating the social business sector to ensure sustainability and change.

(a) Football United S4SCP Program

The YSBHH is directly engaged with the SPHCM’s Football United S4SCP program, which operates in Australia and Myanmar. YSBHH Director Dr Anne Bunde-Birouste also leads an international  study on sustainable funding mechanisms in S4SC with the internationally renowned Streetfootballworld network and research.

(b) Creating Chances

Additionally, the UNSW YSBHH engages in teaching research and applied practice in S4SCP through the Creating Chances Social Enterprise. Creating Chances Social Enterprise was founded which enabled the program to be expanded and develop through a self-funding social enterprise approach. Creating Chances aims to inspire, develop and empower youth to believe in themselves so they contribute positively to society.


image - YSBCH ProjectsFootball United @ SPH UNSW

An initiative born in 2006 from the School of Population Health at UNSW Sydney, Football United creates chances for youth from disadvantaged communities. Brought together through the magic of football, Football United programs engage and inspire them through life skills and leadership education along with the delivery of free, easily accessible and regular football for children in their communities. Sport has been increasingly recognised and used as a low-cost and high-impact tool in humanitarian, development and peace-building efforts. Sport has a unique power to attract, mobilize and inspire. By its very nature, sport is about participation. It is about inclusion and citizenship. It stands for human values such as respect for the opponent, acceptance of binding rules, teamwork and fairness. <See more about Football United>

Football United and the Yunus Social Business Health Hub are both initiatives of the School of Population Health and reflect the application of the UNSW 2025 Strategy across all three major thematic areas. Both initiatives have the potential to maximise applications of the strategy, locally in Australia as well as internationally. This short note situates their work within the UNSW 2025 strategies, and shows synergies between them. <See more about Football United's links to the UNSW 2025 Strategy>


Work experience program 2016Youth empowerment through social business workshops and events

Since 2015, the YSBHH has delivered an annual Work Experience Program (WEP) in Social Business to high school students from the Greater Sydney area. This highly popular program is designed to engage students who are interested in entrepreneurial social development, alleviation of poverty and equity in health care, and wish to understand how public health and social equity are applied to make a difference. Students receive intensive training and had one week to work together in a group, with assigned mentors from various UNSW Faculty and the Grameen Australia, and come up with innovative social business ideas.

Yunus Festival of Ideas - NSW high school students successfully completed the Yunus Work Experience Program in 2016.  See 'Big Ideas' Booklet. 


eHeath WHO CC CentreTechnology including e-health and engagement with the built environment

This project explores citizen and community engagement through the lens of social business and eHealth in the context of achieving the WHO SDGs. Clinical and population health processes, impacts and outcomes will be measured and monitored within the constructs of the WHO Integrated Patient-Centred Health System (IPCHS) Framework and eHealth Strategy. The UNSW WHO Collaborating Centre (eHealth) and Yunus Social Business Health Hub are vehicles for global health, social business, cross-cultural and equity programs. A global network of eHealth and social business centres of excellence will be engaged to conduct this project using social business and eHealth tools and methods. See WHO Collaborating Centre for eHealth.