What is Sport and Development?

‘Sport & Development’ refers to the use of sport as a tool for development and peace.
Actors in sport, academia, private sector, non-profit and non-governmental organisations, government agencies, UN agencies and international organisations, the media, the general public as well as young people are increasingly interested in the potential of sport as a tool to reach personal, community, national and international development objectives. They are also interested in how sport can be used as a tool for addressing some of the challenges that arise from humanitarian crises and in conflict and post-conflict settings.

As sport becomes increasingly part of humanitarian and development work, as well as a part of the corporate social responsibility practices of some private sector actors, interested parties are anxious to explore the potential, as well as the limitations, of sport in their work.

For these very different actors to understand each other better, it becomes necessary to develop common definitions and frameworks for action in order to improve practice.

The UN's perspective on Sport & Development

“People in every nation love sport. Its values – fitness, fair play, teamwork, and the pursuit of excellence – are universal. At its best, it brings people together, no matter what... Read more

What is 'sport'?

In the area of Sport & Development, ‘sport’ is generally understood to include physical activities that go beyond competitive sports... Read more

What is 'development'?

There are various ways in which the term 'development' is used. Read more here for definitions of 'development' used in relation to 'Sport & Development'... Read more

Reading into Sport & Development

Refer to our selection of key documents to find out more on Sport & Development as an emerging field in development and humanitarian policy and action...
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