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Sport for Sustainable Development: Designing Effective Policies and Programmes

Explore the ways in which sports can actively contribute to the advancements of the Sustainable Development Goals.

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Sport for Sustainable Development: Designing Effective Policies and Programmes
  • Duration4 weeks
  • Weekly study4 hours
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Learn how to make a positive impact through sport

Sport has been recognised as an enabler of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by governments globally. Organisations worldwide are using sport to contribute to this agenda, addressing issues ranging from health and education to employment, and conflict resolution.

On this course, you’ll look at the benefits and limitations of using sport in development. You will learn to design, implement, and measure the impact of policies and programmes.

You will explore key concepts on sport and gender equality, disability, human rights, social inclusion, peacebuilding, and child safeguarding.

What topics will you cover?

  • Setting the scene: Sport, development and change

  • Creating change: Policy, strategy, and governance

  • Making it happen, making it work, measuring impact

  • Mobilising people, partners, and resources

When would you like to start?

Start straight away and learn at your own pace. If the course hasn’t started yet you’ll see the future date listed below.

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What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Apply best practice methods to align sport and development objectives to national and international development priorities
  • Demonstrate and articulate the contribution of sport to sustainable development and use analysis and evidence in developing policy and programmes
  • Develop theories of change and programme logic on the contribution of sport to sustainable development in your country or organisation
  • Engage with peers to develop autonomy, accountability and respect for working with others within a sport and development context

Who is the course for?

This course is for anyone interested in how sport can be used in development.

This includes government officials, intergovernmental officers, sport organisations, public policy experts, private sector professionals, and civil society.

Who will you learn with?

A Sport for Development specialist working in Asia-Pacific, on the Australian Government funded Pacific Sports Partnerships (PSP) program and the Oceania Football Confederation’s Just Play Program

Dr Ben Sanders is a specialist consultant and thought leader in sport for development and peace. He is currently working with the International Platform on Sport and Development.

Policy development expert supporting the Commonwealth’s work helping countries use sport for enhancing health, education, employment, economic development and realising human rights.

Who developed the course?

The International Platform on Sport and Development

Sportanddev is the leading hub for organisations and individuals using sport for development to share knowledge, build good practice, coordinate with others and create partnerships.

Commonwealth Secretariat

Commonwealth Secretariat supports member countries to achieve development, democracy and peace. The Secretariat’s work helps to grow economies and boost trade, empower young people, and address threats such as climate change, debt and inequality.

Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT)

The Australian Government supports sport for development and sports diplomacy programs that strengthen international connections, build safer communities, and facilitate the participation of women, girls and people with disability.

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