Sport and Economic Development

This topic includes a number of diverse issues relating to sport’s role in economic development in developing countries
Four main areas that present the limitations and the potential of sport to contribute to economic development are discussed in dedicated sub-sections:
  • Underdevelopment of sport and ‘muscle drain’ in developing countries
  • Exploitation and child protection in sport
  • Developing local markets through sport by means of hosting local sports events, producing low-cost and affordable sporting goods and through athletes’ remittances
  • Building skills for employment through sport
This topic also includes a selected number of project profiles, which provide illustrative examples of using sport to encourage economic development.

Each sub-section includes further recommended reading with links to online documents and further sources of information.

Underdevelopment of sport in developing countries

An introduction to the challenges in sport development in developing countries
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Exploitation and child protection in sport

An overview of some major problems within sport that affect children and young people as athletes as well as working children
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Developing local markets through sport

A brief discussion of the potential of sport to stimulate local development through local sport events, producing low-cost and affordable sporting goods and through athletes’ remittances
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Building skills for employment through sport

An overview of the potential of sport to equip young people and adults with skills that are useful for employment
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Project Case Studies

Some initiatives have succeeded in using sport as a tool to create jobs and respond to local demands for sport equipment. Find out more through this practical example... Read more
 
 

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