Scientific monitoring of the Sector Programme „Sport for development“

Head of the project:
Dr. Karen Petry

IESF staff entrusted with the project:
Katrin Bauer, Annika Klein, Marilen Neeten 

Period of research:
August 2013 - September 2019


In the recent years individual sport-related measures have been carried out repeatedly in the German Development Cooperation; this issue was, however, never systematic and fully established.

For this reason the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) established a project sector on the subject, in order to bring together the experience and cooperate in the German contribution to "Sport and Development". The Sector Programme “sport for development” is anchored within the German Society for International Cooperation (GIZ), which as a federal enterprise supports the government in achieving its objectives in the international Development Cooperation and bringing them into action.

The Sector Programme included in its work the following core areas that are closely linked together: In addition to advising the responsible authorities for sport in the BMZ Sector Unit, support in the coordination, and in the relevant German actors network (ministries, sports associations, civil society, business and science), application-related pilot projects will be initiated and supported. The evaluation of the existing experience of German Development Cooperation in the field of "sport for development", as well as the scientific monitoring and evaluation of pilot projects were also included. Through the scientific support, the Sector Programme promised that additional insights in this area would be gained, processed and analyzed, and these were used in the Development Cooperation to increase the quality and the effectiveness of the results of the Sector Programme.

The pilot measures in Afghanistan, Brazil, Jordan, Columbia, Mosambik, Namibia, the Palestineterritories, IndonesiaandUganda were conducted with a topical focus such as sport in schools, major events, good governance, promotion of health, support of girls, etc. In all countries it was linked with already existing bilateral structures and already established cooperation, and the work was closely linked with local (project) partners, such as local NGOs and educational institutions. 

In the sense of "knowledge management", the online platform S4D Resource Toolkit  was developed, supported by the institute as well. The Toolkit contains a lot of theoretical and practical resources on sport for development (e.g. manuals, guidelines, factsheets, M&E tools, publications etc.) developed and collected over the years by the GIZ sector programme together with experts and in various partner countries.

Further informations here