Skip to 0 minutes and 5 secondsWelcome to week five, football for international development, diplomacy, and peace. Football, and sport more generally, was once described as a war without weapons. But in week five, we look at the positive role that football has had in terms of international development, conflict resolution, and peace building. Over the previous weeks, you will remember that we've looked at projects such as the Homeless World Cup, the Mathare Youth Football Association in Kenya, and the social impact these projects have had. Well, equally, there are a number of projects that have helped with broader things, such as international development, conflict resolution, and peace building.

Skip to 1 minute and 12 secondsYou will hear from a politician who held the international development portfolio and listen to what he has to say about the role of football in terms of international development, but also charity and unemployment.

Skip to 1 minute and 33 secondsA former US President once said that football has done more to alleviate world poverty than almost anything else. What do you think?

Skip to 1 minute and 46 secondsFootball is socially important. It is also very popular. And for that reason, some governments, some organisations such as the United Nations, have looked at football to try and help countries talk to each other. So not so much a war without weapons, but football as persuasion and influence and power and helping countries talk to each. Football is a language football is social impact. Football is making a difference in the world today. That's what we look at in week five, as we consider football for international development, conflict resolution, and peace. Your views on this subject are really important. Please join in the discussion with us.


Welcome to week 5. We have an interesting week ahead taking a different look at the world of sport on the international stage than in previous weeks. As you watch the first video, consider the questions below:

  • Can football help countries talk to each other?
  • Why should the United Nations be interested in the power of football?
  • Footballers migrate from country to country, but can football help with the challenges, and indeed opportunities, associated with immigration?
  • What contribution does football make to charity and peace-building?

Share your thoughts in the comments. Remember to draw on evidence as you develop your comments and replies to fellow learners.

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Football: More than a Game

The University of Edinburgh