Sport for Development

Children playing football on a sports pitch in the Winterveld Township near Pretoria.

Background: Sport moves and educates

Sport has great power. It gives pleasure. It has a positive impact on the physical and mental health of children and young people. It teaches people values such as fairness, tolerance, respect and discipline. It boosts self-esteem and self-confidence, and increases people's willingness to take on re­spon­si­bil­i­ty. Sport teaches people how to cope with setbacks. And sport teaches life skills which help people to cope with difficult situations and to take their future into their own hands. Sport can be used in many areas of de­vel­op­ment co­op­er­a­tion as an educational tool. Areas where sport can be used in this way are, for instance, education, boosting health, preventing violence, trauma counselling, peace-building, good governance, social inclusion, economic de­vel­op­ment, environmental protection and gender equality. more

German activities: Sport as a cross-cutting theme in development

For more than thirty years now, Germany has been sponsoring sports projects as part of its de­vel­op­ment co­op­er­a­tion activities – the aim being to get people active, raise awareness and foster social and economic integration. In Germany's de­vel­op­ment co­op­er­a­tion, "sport for de­vel­op­ment" is an cross-cutting theme with numerous links to many of the German government's various de­vel­op­ment goals. more

Documents and links

Here you will find a selection of links to documents and websites with further information on the subject of "sport for development". more

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