ASC, AusAID (2012)
Sport has unique attributes that enable it to contribute to development processes. Its popularity, its capacity as a communication platform, its role in reducing the risk of non-communicable diseases and its potential to set the foundation for healthy child development together with its ability to connect people make it a tool that can be used to meet a range of development objectives. When used strategically, sports-based assistance can make a measurable contribution to Australia’s development efforts.
With this strategy, the Australian aid programme is implementing an approach it calls ‘development-through-sport.’ It identifies development objectives first and then identifies how well planned sport-based activities can contribute to these. It acknowledges that sport is one of a number of approaches that can be used to contribute to development objectives.
This document sets out the joint strategy between the Australian Sports Commission (ASC) and the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID) to use sport to contribute to Australia’s aid programme. The strategy is the result of collaboration between the two agencies and will guide planning and delivery of Australia’s international development-through-sport investments until 2017.