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Networking activities of universities in the field of S4D

Networking activities of universities in the field of S4D

GIZ and the German Sports University invite academics working in the sport for development field to discuss the challenges of academia in the field and potential solutions.


Mon, 05/09/2022

Over the last 20 years, the sport for development (S4D) sector has seen significant growth, and there has been a related increase in the involvement of academic institutions in teaching, research and knowledge transfer related to S4D.

Yet, though activities take place all around the globe, academic activities are typically led from the Global North, and there remain comparatively few collaborations between institutions in the Global North and Global South.

In parallel, S4D has struggled to move from a multidisciplinary field to an interdisciplinary one. Academics from various disciplines have approached the field using the theoretical assumptions and methodologies connected to their fields, and there has been little cross-disciplinary investigation or collaboration.

In combination, the lack of academic and interdisciplinary collaboration severely limits the ability of S4D to generate relevant local knowledge, develop broader perspectives and ensure that findings are transferred to practice.

As a first step towards addressing these challenges, we would like to invite academics working in the field of sport for development to join us for a workshop and expert exchange around the theme “Networking activities of universities in the field of sport for development (S4D)”.

During this event, we will present the results of a 20 country S4D university mapping survey, hear from academics in the field and collectively discuss potential solutions and ways forward.

Co-hosted by the GIZ and the German Sport University, the event will take place on 9 May 2022, from 13.00 to 16.30 (UTC+2) on WebEx.

The event will be in English and is open only for academics or researchers active in the field of sport for development. We would like to encourage academics from countries or institutions not usually associated with the S4D movement to join and contribute.

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