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Sport and economic development

Sport and economic development

This topic includes a number of diverse issues relating to sport’s role in economic development in developing countries

Four main areas that present the limitations and the potential of sport to contribute to economic development are discussed in dedicated sub-sections:

  • Underdevelopment of sport and ‘muscle drain’ in developing countries
  • Exploitation and child protection in sport
  • Developing local markets through sport by means of hosting local sports events, producing low-cost and affordable sporting goods and through athletes’ remittances
  • Building skills for employment through sport

This topic also includes a selected number of project profiles, which provide illustrative examples of using sport to encourage economic development.

Each sub-section includes further recommended reading with links to online documents and further sources of information.


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