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Sport for Sustainable Development: Designing Effective Policies and Programmes

Explore the ways in which sport can actively contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals and other objectives.

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Sport for Sustainable Development: Designing Effective Policies and Programmes

Learn how to make a positive impact in and through sport

Sport has been recognised as an enabler of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the 2030 Agenda. Organisations worldwide are using sport to contribute to the SDGs and other goals, addressing issues ranging from health and education to employment, and conflict resolution.

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

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

  • Available now

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 and how to effectively use sport to enable change.

This includes government officials, intergovernmental officers, sport bodies, public policy experts, private sector professionals, civil society actors including NGOs, practitioners, academics, students and volunteers.

Who will you learn with?

A Sport for Development specialist working in Asia-Pacific, on Team Up, the Australian Government’s flagship sport for development investment.

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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  • Complete 90% of course steps and all of the assessments to earn your certificate

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