Ben Sanders

Ben Sanders

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.

Location Cape Town, South Africa

Activity

  • THANK YOU very much for taking this course - and well done for completing it! Please do complete the post-course survey (link above) and share your feedback.

  • What do you think about using athletes as ambassadors in sport for development? What are the benefits and challenges for organisations? And for the athletes? Would love to hear any views and/or experiences!

  • Why is it important to move from an evangelical position on sport to a more targeted and evidence-based approach on where, how and why sport can best contribute? Please share your reflections on the speakers' points.

  • How did you find Week 3? Please share your feedback below.

  • Why is the principle of 'do no harm' so important?

  • Do you manage risk in your work or organisation? How? Why is this particularly important when working in the field of sport and development?

  • How should one consider ethics when attempting to collect data? Feel free to share any of your own experiences.

  • M&E is not your enemy! Do you agree? Share your thoughts.

  • What do you see as key in the planning cycle? What is often neglected?

  • Welcome to week 3!

    Please complete the short survey (www.futurelearn.com/user/more-about-you) if you did not already - this helps us improve the course to suit your needs.

  • How did you find Week 2? Please share any feedback below.

  • 'Nothing about us without us' - why is this so important?

  • What are the opportunities and challenges in using sport to promote gender equity? Please share.

  • Why is a human-rights based approach so important?

  • What is your experience of developing and working with strategy? Please share.

  • Ben Sanders made a comment

    Remember - policy is relevant to all stakeholders in sport and development (and not just government officials). Can you think of policies which might affect or influence your project and/or organisation? Please share with the group.

  • Welcome to Week 2! If you have not already, please complete the (optional) survey as this helps us learn more about you and how we can customize the course to suit your needs: https://www.futurelearn.com/user/more-about-you

  • Well done for completing Week 1! Please let us know how you found the week, any highlights or challenges, and what you have learnt in the comments below.

  • Why is it so important to 'leave no-one behind'?

  • Incredible range of initiatives you are all involved in - inspiring! Please add your initiative to the map to help paint a global picture of sport and development.

  • Sport is mentioned as an 'enabler of sustainable development' in the 2030 Agenda but there are no specific goals, targets or indicators for sport in the SDGs. What do you think about this? Should there be commitments to sport in the next set of global goals?

  • What do you think? What are the strengths and gaps of sport and development?

  • How has your work been affected by COVID-19? How have you responded and adapted? Please share your experiences.

  • Some great discussion below. How much do you think the choice of words and terms matters?

  • Again some fantastic discussion! There is no right or wrong answer as to what constitutes sport - it can be, and has been, defined in many ways. How would you define sport? Does it need to involve physical activity?

  • Great to see such a range of participants, across cultures and contexts. Please do complete the poll above illustrating which organisation/sector you work in. Thanks and happy learning!

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    Welcome to the course! Great to see some lively discussion :)

    Please complete the short survey (www.futurelearn.com/user/more-about-you) if you did not already - this helps us improve the course to suit your needs.

  • There is a history behind sport and development - and it has grown rapidly in the 21st century. How do you see the future of this sector given current challenges?

  • @RobRegent very good point and yes I agree.

  • Dear Vincent,

    One can only get a certificate if one upgrades one's subscription on FutureLearn. However, one does get a notification that you have completed each week as you go along - so if you show all four weeks as completed, that might also help with your organisation.

    I hope that helps - and thanks for joining the course.

    Cheers
    Ben

  • Dear Awasum,

    One can only get a certificate if one upgrades one's subscription on FutureLearn. However, one does get a notification that you have completed each week as you go along - so if you show all four weeks as completed, that might also help with your organisation.

    I hope that helps - and thanks for joining the course.

    Cheers
    Ben

  • Thanks for the question Francis. I am sure others may also have some ideas. Part of your question relates to governance, and standards of good governance (e.g. transparency, accountability etc.) are crucial for S4D organisations. It is also worth noting that there is a great diversity of organisations and approaches so it is not easy (or even advisable) to be...

  • @RaymondMusiima yes this is a challenge. A key aspect of fundraising and communications is also being succinct yet not losing the details.

  • @AnjaliSaini - yes there is a lot to go through and not always easy to decide what to include or not. We have included related links and documents at the end of each step - and we can consider compiling these at the end of each week if that is useful.

  • What do you think about using athletes as ambassadors in sport for development? What are the benefits and challenges for organisations? And for the athletes? Would love to hear any views and/or experiences!

  • Why is it important to move from an evangelical position on sport to a more targeted and evidence-based approach on where, how and why sport can best contribute? Please share your reflections on the speakers' points.

  • Why is the principle of 'do no harm' so important?

  • Do you manage risk in your work or organisation? How? Why is this particularly important when working in the field of sport and development?

  • How should one consider ethics when attempting to collect data? Feel free to share any of your own experiences.

  • M&E is not your enemy! Do you agree? Share your thoughts.

  • What do you see as key in the planning cycle? What is often neglected?

  • Welcome to week 3!
    Please complete the short survey (www.futurelearn.com/user/more-about-you) if you did not already - this helps us improve the course to suit your needs.

  • @MariaCampos - yes of course.

  • Dear Ahadu,
    You should be able to add the organisation yourself, as part of the exercise - please let me know if you have problems doing so.
    Cheers
    Ben

  • 'Nothing about us without us' - why is this so important?

  • What are the opportunities and challenges in using sport to promote gender equity? Please share.

  • Why is a human-rights based approach so important?

  • What is your experience of developing and working with strategy? Please share.

  • Ben Sanders made a comment

    Remember - policy is relevant to all stakeholders in sport and development (and not just government officials). Can you think of policies which might affect or influence your project and/or organisation? Please share with the group.

  • Welcome to Week 2! If you have not already, please complete the (optional) survey as this helps us learn more about you and how we can customize the course to suit your needs: https://www.futurelearn.com/user/more-about-you

  • Well done for completing Week 1! Please let us know how you found the week, any highlights or challenges, and what you have learnt in the comments below.

  • Incredible range of initiatives you are all involved in - inspiring! Please add your initiative to the map to help paint a global picture of sport and development.

  • Sport is mentioned as an 'enabler of sustainable development' in the 2030 Agenda but there are no specific goals, targets or indicators for sport in the SDGs. What do you think about this? Should there be commitments to sport in the next set of global goals?

  • Some great discussion below. How much do you think the choice of words and terms matters?

  • Great to see such a range of participants, across cultures and contexts. Please do complete the poll above illustrating which organisation/sector you work in. Thanks and happy learning!

  • Again some fantastic discussion! There is no right or wrong answer as to what constitutes sport - it can be, and has been, defined in many ways. How would you define sport? Does it need to involve physical activity?

  • Ben Sanders made a comment

    Welcome to the course! Great to see some lively discussion :)
    Please complete the short survey (www.futurelearn.com/user/more-about-you) if you did not already - this helps us improve the course to suit your needs.

  • Hi Jackson, hope you are well and apologies for the delayed response. I hope you have found the course useful. You can only get a certificate of achievement if one upgrades on FutureLearn. Hope that answers your question.
    Cheers
    Ben

  • Dear Ivan, I am glad it has been useful for you. To get a certificate of achievement you need to upgrade. When you finish each week, you should get a notification that you have completed the week. Cheers, Ben

  • Thanks Fricka. What term in particular are you referring to?

  • @PaulEvans good point. We do need to consider the role of e-sports in this space as it is influential and growing rapidly.

  • Hi John, apologies for the delayed response. I am sorry to hear that you have yet to receive feedback on your assignments. If that is still the case, I recommend that you mark the sections as complete now.
    I am glad to hear that you have enjoyed the course.
    Cheers
    Ben

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    How will you use the learnings from this course to improve or kick-start your work in sport and development? PLEASE do finish the week (in the next step) and then move immediately onto the post course survey - it only takes 2 minutes and we would love your inputs.

  • How have you found the journey of this course? Please share your views.

  • These ethical dilemmas present difficult decisions - often common in programmes and policies. What would you do? Please share your views and/or experiences.

  • There are already some good comments below. Does anyone have any advocacy success stories or challenges that you would like to share?

  • What issues do we need to advocate for in sport and development (e.g. gender equity in sport)? Why? How can we do this? Please share any experiences you may have.

  • Thanks for the insightful comments below! Some organisations using sport to tackle the SDGs use athletes as ambassadors to promote their work. Does anyone have any thoughts on this? What are the benefits and challenges for organisations in working with athlete ambassadors? And for the athletes? Would love to hear any views/experiences!

  • Why is it important to move from an evangelical position on sport to a more targeted and evidence-based approach on where, how and why sport can best contribute? Please share your views and reflections on the speakers' points.

  • If you have not already, please complete the (optional) survey as this helps us learn more about you and how we can better customize the course to suit your needs: https://www.futurelearn.com/user/more-about-you

  • How should one consider ethics when attempting to collect data? Feel free to share any of your own experiences.

  • How do you ensure continuous improvement in your work/project?

  • How have you managed, or do you manage, risk in your work or organisation? Why is this particularly important when working in the field of sport and development?