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A partnership for sport and development in Africa

A partnership for sport and development in Africa

The sportanddev team is pleased to announce its partnership with Sport en Commun to pool efforts on sport and development in Africa.

The pan-African digital platform Sport en Commun, which aims to connect sport and funding development sectors, was set up in the summer of 2020. Sport en Commun is operated from Dakar by the Sport Impact society and aims to support and finance projects related to development through sport in Africa. The platform relies on a range of existing solutions complemented by tailor-made services, and positions itself as a one-stop shop through four main missions:

  • Facilitate and fast-track funding for projects of all sizes (micro, medium-sized and macro)
  • Promote and accelerate support for projects throughout their life cycle
  • Make contacts and interactions between stakeholders more fluid
  • Ensure promotion of the topic and encourage the sharing of experiences and feedback

With this partnership, sportanddev and Sport en Commun have decided to pool their skills for sport and development in Africa. With nearly 20 years of experience in the sector, sportanddev brings its expertise to the users of Sport en Commun and mobilises its teams in:

This partnership is part of a trend to expand the use of sport to achieve Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The latest action to date is the launch of a Sport for Development Coalition, an initiative spearheaded by the Agence Française de Développent (AFD) and several other development banks, including the West African Development Bank, the Japan International Cooperation Agency, the Association of National and Development Finance Institutions of the member countries of the Islamic Development Bank (ADFIMI) and the Latin American Association of Development Finance Institutions, as well as organisations in the sport ecosystem, including the International Olympic and Paralympic Committees and UNESCO. This coalition’s purpose is to mobilise resources for projects in the field of sport, maximising its impact and its capacity to foster development and inclusion.

If resource mobilisation is an important development factor for the S&D sector, acting at the political level and rebuilding an impartial leadership - a role left vacant by the closure of the United Nations Office for Sport for Development and Peace (UNOSDP) in 2017 - is equally important. Thus, the current sportanddev strategy on sport for development and peace aims to increase influence on policy and practice, while creating mechanisms to ensure that every voice is heard by decision-makers. Since the closure of UNOSDP, the platform has doubled its efforts to mobilise political will to re-establish impartial, dynamic and inclusive leadership in the sector. According to our 2020 annual survey, 72% of users strongly or mostly agree that sportanddev has helped bring voices from the field into high-level policy discussions.

This partnership between sportanddev and Sport en Commun falls within SDG 17, which encourages the formation of effective and inclusive partnerships, built on shared principles and values between governments, the private sector and civil society. Thanks to its universal reach, sport has an important role to play in promoting more inclusive international cooperation. 


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Wednesday, December 16, 2020 - 14:14

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