Edited by BMZ, Division for Education and the Digital World
Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), July 2015
For some years now, sport has gradually assumed an ever more important role in development cooperation. ‘Sport for development’ first received global recognition as a concept when the United Nations appointed its first Special Adviser on Sport for Development and Peace in 2001. International involvement in the field of ‘sport for development’ can be a viable and practical instrument to help bring to fruition efforts geared to achieving the Millennium Development Goals and implementing objectives for sustainable development. Sport can make a contribution to a very wide range of objectives, including combating poverty and hunger, healthy living for all, inclusive education, gender equality, employment promotion, the elimination of inequality and sustainable consumption.