On Sports and Development


A platform for practitioners to introduce themselves to the vision and mission of sport in development. The organization states they envision the platform as a space for all those with an interest or commitment to using sport as a tool to advocate for sport's role in development, and to make it credible and more effective, creating, "a hub for sharing knowledge, building good practice, facilitating coordination and fostering partnerships between and within different stakeholders in Sport & Development."

UN Office for Sport for Development and Peace: UN system in Action

The Office provides history, contemporary initiatives, and sport as it relates to the SDGs. It states: "Sport and play are human rights that must be respected and enforced worldwide; sport has been increasingly recognized and used as a low-cost and high-impact tool in humanitarian, development and peace-building efforts, not only by the UN system but also by NGOs, development agencies, sports federations, armed forces and the media. Sport can no longer be considered a luxury within any society but is rather an important investment in the present and future, particularly in developing countries."

Governance in sport-for-development: Problems and possibilities of (not) learning from international development

By Iain Lindsey

The lack of attention towards issues of governance in both global sport-for-development (SfD) policy and academic literature is placed in stark relief in this article.The author addresses issues in sport-for-development by drawing on international development literature, interview data from representatives of international agencies, domestic governments and in-country non-governmental organizations involved with sport-for-development in Ghana and Tanzania. He argues that commonality of narrow, project-based approaches in sport-for-development contributes to excessive donor influence, fragmentation, competition and limits both impact and sustainability.

Sport for Development and Peace in Action: Building Facts for Funding
By Andrew Webb and André Richelieu

This article explores how claims that sport contributes to development or peace are transformed into facts. It demonstrates the subtle art of SDP fact building for funding purposes. Specifically, through an integrative literature review, two case studies, a mix of fact-building actors composed of experts, literature, and allies, the expose and analyze problems in SDP. Furthermore, a conceptual model that synthesizes the relationship between the mix of fact-building actors and  predisposed funding agencies is also proposed.

Positive Youth Development Programming with Marginalized Populations
By Tanya Forneris, Corliss Bean and Tanya Hallsall

Participation in sport and physical activity-based positive youth development (PYD) programs can foster a number of positive outcomes in youth. Such benefits, however, may be particularly important for youth from marginalized populations as they are often at greater risk of experiencing negative outcomes. The authors provide brief overview of research and programming related to three different marginalized populations: 1) Female youth from families living on low incomes in Canada; 2) Aboriginal youth in Canada and 3) Youth from Low and Middle Income Countries (LMIC). In addition to the overview of research and programming with these three populations, the authors also provide an in-depth case example of a life skills program in which they have been involved in developing, implementing, or evaluating with these three marginalized populations, and a an outline of future directions for sport and physical activity programs with marginalized youth.