International Scientific Network for Sport for Development (ISNSD)
Head of the project at IESF:
Dr. Karen Petry
IESF staff entrusted with the project:
01.12.2013 – today
University of Ghana
University of the Western Cape
International Council of Sport Science and Physical Education (ICSSPE)
Breakthrough Chiparamba Sports Academy (BCSA, Zambia)
Organisation of Rural Primary Education Developers (ORPED, Ghana)
Following the Conference on “Transformation and Development through Sport (TADS)” in Pretoria, South Africa in September 2013, seven participating academic organisations and NGOs, namely the University of Ghana, the German Sport University, the University of the Western Cape, the International Council of Sport Science and Physical Education (ICSSPE), the Breakthrough Chiparamba Sports Academy (BCSA, Zambia) and the Organisation of Rural Primary Education Developers (ORPED, Ghana) founded the International Scientific Network for Sport for Development (ISNSD).
Together they set the objective to develop a global and multi-disciplinary network of academic organisations and NGOs for continuous contribution to the advancement of sport for development curricula, programmes and policies. Herewith the network aims to establish evidence-based international benchmarks and standardised criteria for curriculum development and educational measures with regard to and across various policy sectors (health, development, sport, youth, education etc.), sports and working areas (community development, peace building etc.).
Concrete measures as a first step include the development of a database containing patterns, curricula, projects and partners; the provision of assistance and expertise in research, teaching and community engagement in the field of Sport for Development as well as the stimulation of a quality assurance discussion with university and non-university curriculum providers to enhance the standards and qualification levels of personnel delivering sport-for-development programmes.