In addition to our Steering Board members, the International Platform on Sport and Development (sportanddev) works with many partners. These include the following organisations. We also work with many individuals and actors who are not listed here.


Japan Sports Council

Japan Sport Council

Established in 2003, the Japan Sport Council (JSC) is the national agency responsible for the development of sport in Japan. Under the leadership of the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) and Japan Sports Agency, JSC plays a vital role in delivering sport policy in Japan and in enhancing the value of sport in society.

sportanddev is working with JSC on a joint project to strengthen capacity in sport and development. The project is entitled Bridging the Divide: A Guide for Translating Policy into Practice and Managing Projects to maximize the use of Sport for Sustainable Development. The project seeks to develop a comprehensive and practical guidebook on how to incorporate sport as a development tool for project managers and policy makers worldwide. See this press release for more details.

The guidebook will be published both in Japanese and English (and ideally all official languages of the United Nations dependent upon resources). The project has been certified as a Tokyo 2020 Support Programme and the guidebook will be launched at the Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020 (which have now been postponed to 2021).



Yunus Sports Hub

Yunus Sports Hub

Under the leadership Prof Muhammad Yunus, Peace Nobel Laureate 2006 and Founder of the Grameen Bank, Yunus Sports Hub is the global social business network creating solutions to local problems in and through sport.

To do so, Yunus Sports Hub coordinates a network of 5000+ experts in 150+ countries to:

1. Promotes the social business and sport concept

2. Help organisations implementing the social business and sport concept

3. Support entrepreneurs in the field of social business and sport

Through its activities, Yunus Sports Hub aims to empower people and organisations to solve some of the grand challenges of humanity, such as poverty and exclusion.

Together, we will support and build the capacity of the sport for the development actors that are interested in developing social business models, by contributing to and cross-promoting our respective platforms, which house an abundance of resources and opportunities for sport for development actors.



Journal of Sport for Development

JSFD is a peer-reviewed, open-access journal which aims to advance, examine and disseminate evidence and best practices for programs and interventions that use sport to promote development, health and/or peace. There is no cost to publish or access JSFD articles and issues, thus democratizing the production and consumption of knowledge.

sportanddev and JSFD have agreed a multi-year partnership, reflecting their shared values and commitment to strengthening the field of sport and development through improved knowledge sharing, research, learning, advocacy and communications. Read more about the partnership here.



Pro Sport Development

Pro Sport Development (PSD) is an award-winning social enterprise dedicated to using sport to aid in the holistic development of children and youth. Since its inception in 2013, PSD has gained extensive experience in designing, implementing and evaluating different sports-based programs in India and the broader Asia region. Their expertise includes delivering sports-based programs and training trainers, and supporting organisations to effectively manage, document and evaluate their programs. In 2018, PSD was recognised by the International Olympic Committee’s Sport and Active Society Commission for our outstanding work in the area of sport for all. Currently, PSD is a member of The Association for International Sport for All (TAFISA).

PSD is working with sportanddev as a communications partner. The PSD team assists sportanddev with their overall communications strategy, including content creation and design, writing and editing, social media and newsletter coordination.


Sport and Citizenship

Sport and Citizenship

Sport and Citizenship was created in Brussels in September 2007 and is the first European think tank who focuses on the analysis of sports policies and the societal impact of sport. Sport and Citizenship relies on years of expertise and enjoys recognition from public authorities and stakeholders in European sport. It is thus regularly consulted by international and European institutions, member states, the sports movement and civil society who recognise it as a privileged interlocutor in this field. Sport and Citizenship is working with sportanddev as a communication partner.


Tibu Africa

TIBU Africa

Tibu Africa is an NGO that uses the power of sport to design innovative social solutions in the field of education, empowerment and socio-economic inclusion of youth and women through sport. 

As the leading organisation for youth education and inclusion through sport in Morocco - the NGO is present in 20 cities and 12 regions of the Kingdom as well as in five African capitals - and in line with its ambition to become the locomotive of sport for development in Africa by 2030, Tibu Africa is committed to contributing to the achievement of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). For the NGO, these represent an opportunity to position sport as a powerful tool for designing innovative solutions to the complex challenges of the 21st century. TIBU Africa is working with sportanddev as a communication partner. 



Sport en Commun

Launched by the French Development Agency in 2020, Sport en Commun is a pan-African digital platform designed to facilitate transformation through sport by connecting project managers with providers that can fund their activities and support them in their implementation. The collaboration between Sport en Commun and sportanddev aims to mobilise efforts in terms of information and training on Sport and Development.



Qatar Fund for Development (QFFD)

sportanddev have launched a partnership with the Qatar Fund for Development (QFFD) to support and strengthen the platform’s outreach in the Arabic-speaking world. This includes publishing an Arabic-language website and a dedicated massive open online course (MOOC) in Sport for Sustainable Development in Arabic.

The partnership aims to support sport for development and peace (SDP) actors in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) with dedicated tools and resources, allowing them to increase the positive impact of their work. This will improve equity, access and inclusion by ensuring that Arabic-speaking stakeholders and voices are given greater visibility and can input more significantly into a reshaped sport and development sector.




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