Strengthening Sport for Development and Peace

National Policies and Strategies

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Sport for Development and Peace (SDP) brings the power of sport to solving some of the most difficult challenges of humankind, such as the realisation of the United Nations’ Millennium Development Goals.

Commonwealth leaders have consistently endorsed the role that SDP can play in development and peace work, in particular in the domain of youth engagement and empowerment. This collection of papers, commissioned by the Commonwealth Secretariat and the Commonwealth Advisory Body on Sport (CABOS), showcases innovative approaches and examples of effective SDP policies and strategies.

Written by CABOS members, independent experts and agencies, the papers reflect critical thinking and urgent debates among leading scholars and practitioners of SDP.



Evaluating the Contribution Sport Makes to Development Objectives in the Pacific

It is widely acknowledged that there is only limited long-term and systematic research into the effectiveness of sport as a tool for development outcomes. In response the Australian government, through a partnership between the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID) and the Australian Sports Commission (ASC), has invested approximately A$2 million to assess the contribution of sport to development outcomes in the Pacific and build the capacity of partners to deliver effective programmes. This investment underpins Australia’s commitment to its aid programme, delivering results through evidence-based policy and programmes.


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