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.
The Sport for Development and Peace International Working Group (SDP IWG) is a four-year policy initiative that includes representatives from 25 national governments, UN and civil society actors working to develop policy recommendations on incorporating sport as a tool for development in national and international programs and strategies.
As part of this 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:
1. Foster child and youth development and education
2. Achieve health objectives
3. Promote gender equity
4. Foster inclusion, health and well-being of people with disabilities
5. Foster social cohesion, prevent and reduce conflict and build peace
Editor's comments - [ This literature review 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, with the assistance of Aaron Yarmoshuk, Program Director, HIV/AIDS Initiative Africa, Centre for International Health. ] Reference this?Cryer, J. (Year). This page title in italics. Retrieved date, from <this page's full URL>
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Reference : SDP. (2007) Literature reviews on sport for development and peace. Toronto: University of Toronto
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