Sport for International Development

Sport for International Development          
Prepared by  Prepared by: Dr Ralph Richards and Christine May, Senior Research Consultants, Clearinghouse for Sport, Sport Australia 
evaluated by  Evaluation by: Jackie Lauff, CEO, Sport Matters (April 2017)
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Last updated  Last updated:  9 May 2019
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International evidence suggests that well designed sport-based programs—and programs promoting physical activity and fitness more generally—have the potential to positively influence personal and social change. This includes improved quality of life through better health and wellbeing, advancing gender equity, strengthening and unifying communities, improving education outcomes, and building skills that promote employment and economic development.

Sport has the power to change the world. It has the power to inspire. It has the power to unite in a way that little else does. It speaks to youth in a language they understand. Sport can create hope where once there was only despair. It is more powerful than governments in breaking down racial barriers. It laughs in the face of all types of discrimination. Nelson Mandela (1918–2013)

Key Messages


Sports-based and physical activity-based programs offer the potential for governments to achieve a diverse range of positive community outcomes across health, education, and social sectors.


Sports-based programs are often integrated into broader international aid or assistance strategies.

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