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Sport for development: a catalyst for change (WP1227)

In collaboration with Barclays and International Inspiration, this event convened an international cross section of stakeholders from government, civil society, private sector and the sport community to share lessons and work towards practical recommendations going forward in sport for development.

An innovative low cost tool for development, this event addressed sport’s unique ability to unite communities, tackle inequality and address a wide range of social challenges.

Beyond physical wellbeing, sport can play an important role for a more prosperous and more peaceful society as a communicative and educational tool. An opportunity to share perspectives, participants addressed the following key questions:

  • What does ‘success’ in sport for development look like?
  • How to best measure and communicate the impact of sport on different communities?
  • What opportunities for stimulating and impactful collaboration between public, private and non-government actors?
  • How does sport fit into broader development efforts, including the post-2015 development agenda?



Executive summary


Uniting organisations to deliver quality partnership work  – Liz Twyford, Sports Programmes Specialist, Unicef UK

Breaking down barriers, building lasting partnerships – David Kyne, Founder and CEO at KYNE

The equity call: Why we need authentic, measurable and accountable gender mainstreaming in sport for development – Maria Bobenrieth, Executive Director of Women Win

Winning lessons on and off the field – Maria Bobenrieth, Executive Director of Women Win

Does sport and development have a branding crisis? – Paul Hunt,


A celebration of success from International Inspiration on Vimeo

Meet Mercy Anne from International Inspiration on Vimeo

Premier Skills Esporte Seguro activity in Rio from British Council Sport Video on Vimeo

An Event to Remember from Homeless World Cup on YouTube

Spirit of the Game Heroes: When Marcel met Rachel from barclaysfootballtv on YouTube

The power of football to change lives from We are StreetChildUnited on YouTube

Social media

Social media engagement is encouraged for this event. Comments might include a summary of what is being said (non-attributable), the direction of the discussion or general impressions of the conference.

For Twitter users, please include @WiltonPark when tweeting and we will retweet your message.

Partners on Twitter: @Barclays_cship  @Int_Inspiration

Suggested hashtags: #sportfordev  #sport4betterworld

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