The Commonwealth Guide to Advancing Development through Sport

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In the last two decades the use of sport within development and peace work has gained increased profile and credibility. Today sport is recognised at the local and international levels as a tool that, if well planned and effectively delivered, can contribute to beneficial social change.

This Guide has been produced by the Commonwealth Secretariat in collaboration with the Commonwealth Advisory Body on Sport (CABOS) to provide support for governments and other key stakeholders seeking to strengthen the contribution of sport to development and peace work. The guide acknowledges both the value and complexity of using sport in development and peace work and recommends key principles to maximise sport’s contribution and minimise possible negative consequences.

Section I provides an evidence-based analysis of the contribution of sport to development objectives, and examines six policy domains in which sport can contribute to development: youth, health, education, gender, diversity, and peace-building.

Section II provides a framework for analysis, planning and monitoring of sport in development and peace work. The framework is a practical tool that offers detailed guidelines for policy options, strategic approaches and implementation mechanisms.

The Guide is supported throughout by appropriate references to policy statements and research evidence. It also includes several examples of current initiatives worldwide that illustrate how sport can be applied in support of development and peace.



Advancing Equality and Inclusion through Sport

Equality and inclusion are core values for the Commonwealth and underline its formal commitments to protecting and advancing human rights. The Commonwealth regards ‘equality and respect for protection and promotion of civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights for all without discrimination on any grounds, including the right to development’ as the foundations of ‘peaceful, just and stable societies’ 7 . The Commonwealth works to ensure that all people enjoy equal rights regardless of gender, race, colour, creed or political belief, and benefit from sustainable development. The diversity between and within Commonwealth member countries makes issues of tolerance, mutual understanding and respect for difference of fundamental importance. The Commonwealth’s leading role in the struggle against apartheid was significant in demonstrating its commitment to eradicating ethnic, cultural or religious racism and racial discrimination. It recognises that growing advances in technology and communication, cultural, ethnic and religious cross-fertilisation is inevitable, and can bring risks of conflict and discord. The Commonwealth aims to manage diversity so it becomes strengthens citizens to feel safe, valued and equal (Commonwealth Secretary-General 2001 ). Issues of disability are also a prominent concern for the Commonwealth. An estimated 80 per cent of persons with disabilities live in developing countries, and having a disability increases the risk of poor educational outcomes, unemployment and poverty. Sport can contribute to the mechanisms that support people with disabilities, and other excluded groups.


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