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The Annual Report of the 2012 Activities of the SDP IWG is now available!

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Commonwealth Secretariat (2013), The Commonwealth Guide to Advancing Development through Sport

This Guide, prepared by the Commonwealth Secretariat, will enable member governments take development through sport to the next step. It is both an intelligent digest of the research and ‘best practices’ of the interventions of the last two decades, and advice to governments about how they can frame inclusive, workable policies and plan, conduct, and monitor and evaluate accessible, effective programmes.


SDP IWG (2008), Harnessing the Power of Sport for Development and Peace: Recommendations to Governments

This groundbreaking report is the result of the SDP IWG’s initial four-year mandate (2004-2008) and presents evidence of the effectiveness of Sport for Development and Peace. The report demonstrates that well-designed programmes that prioritize the best values of sport can drive development goals forward. It also contains specific recommendations to Governments on how to integrate sport as a tool for development and peace into national and international development policies and programs



SDP IWG (2008), Sport for Development and Peace: Governments in Action

This companion document to the report “Harnessing the Power of Sport for Development and Peace: Recommendations to Governments” profiles the Sport for Development and Peace activities of 34 countries from around the world.


Part I: Table of Contents, Foreword, Introduction and Summary (3.3MB)

Part II - National Overviews A-C (5.8MB)

Part III - National Overviews E-P (6.1MB)

Part IV - National Overviews S-Z (6.5MB)



SDP IWG (2008), From the Field: Sport for Development and Peace in Action

“From the Field” is a collection of dynamic projects and programmes that are using sport to achieve diverse development objectives, highlighting five key themes:

The projects and programmes presented have been compiled through personal interviews with Sport for Development and Peace Practitioners in the field and the initiatives featured from the local, regional and national levels come from the diverse regions of Africa, Europe, Asia, South American and the Carribean.



University of Toronto (2007), Literature Reviews on Sport for Development and Peace

Sport and physical activity are rapidly gaining recognition as simple, low-cost, and effective means of achieving development goals. Over the past decade, UN agencies, international sport federations, international and national non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and national governments have been using sport as a tool for development and peace. As part of the SDP IWG mandate and recognizing the ever-growing need for evidence around the effectiveness of sport for development, in 2006 the Secretariat to the SDP IWG commissioned a research team from the University of Toronto, coordinated by Dr. Bruce Kidd, Dean, Faculty of Physical Education and Health, to conduct literature reviews looking into the use of sport to:

The literature reviews looked into the research published in peer reviewed journals, as well as other literature. The final reviews were edited by Dr. Kidd and Professor Peter Donnelly, Director, Centre for Sport Policy Studies.


SDP IWG (2006), From Practice to Policy

Tasked with preparing an initial overview of the status of Sport for Development and Peace, the SDP IWG Bureau and Secretariat produced, "From Practice to Policy", a report investigating current practice at the national government level and to inform the development of a series of policy recommendations for presentation at the Beijing Olympics in 2008.

This report discusses the concept of Sport for Development and Peace. It identifies the particular benefits that sport offers in the development context and looks at the strong growing support for Sport for Development and Peace internationally. The report also reviews key findings from an examination of thirteen national governments and their approaches to Sport for Development and Peace. Further, it synthesizes key themes which emerge from this study. The report concludes with suggestions of future directions the SDP IWG may choose to pursue and practical measures that can be taken; to increase the awareness of national governments and support their efforts to harness the tremendous power of sport for the benefit of their citizens and, in the case of donor countries, those of their development partners around the world.


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