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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.

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Advancing Peace and Stability through Sport

Peace and security are core values on which the Commonwealth is based. Commonwealth member countries hold that peace and security, economic growth and development and the rule of law ‘are essential to the progress and prosperity of all’. 9 Conflicts that threaten peace and security may occur between nations or within them, at a macro level or within specified communities, and cause extensive practical and social instability. The lives of vulnerable groups, including young people, women, people with disabilities and older people, are especially likely to be affected. Carefully managed and co-ordinated sports contributions can facilitate dialogue and promote shared experience.

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