Urban Youth and Sport for Development


The potential of sport as a tool for development is being harnessed by a range of organizations across the world. The United Nations has argued that “well-designed sport-based initiatives are practical and cost-effective tools to achieve objectives in development and peace”. However, they also note that “the potential of sport as a tool for development and peace has yet to be fully realized”. This has been among the major driving forces for United Nations agencies to encourage and support governments in the adoption and implementation of the Sport for Development and Peace International Working Group’s policy recommendations. This study assesses the different organizations’ work in the field of sport for development and the role of the large-scale international youth football tournaments. It concludes that sport is a potentially powerful tool, in particular because it can be used to mobilize local organizations and engage key target groups

Languages: English

Themes: Youth, Social Inclusion       


Branch/Office: Urban Economy Branch

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