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Sport for Sustainable Development: Designing Effective Policies and Programmes

The Commonwealth , Australian Aid and International Platform on Sport and Development via FutureLearn


Learn how to make a positive impact in and through sport

Sport has been recognised as an enabler of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the 2030 Agenda. Organisations worldwide are using sport to contribute to the SDGs and other goals, addressing issues ranging from health and education to employment, and conflict resolution.

On this course, you will look at the benefits and limitations of using sport in development. You will learn to design, implement, and measure the impact of sport-based policies and programmes using best practices.

You will explore key concepts on sport and gender equality, disability, human rights, social inclusion, peacebuilding, good governance and safeguarding.

This course is for anyone interested in how sport can be used in development and how to effectively use sport to enable change.

This includes government officials, intergovernmental officers, sport bodies, public policy experts, private sector professionals, civil society actors including NGOs, practitioners, academics, students and volunteers.


  • Setting the scene: sport, development and change
    • Introducing week 1
    • Sport for change
    • Sport and sustainable development goals
    • Approaching change
    • End of week 1
  • Creating change: strategy, policy and governance
    • Introducing week 2
    • Making good policy
    • Strategy and policy implementation
    • Human rights and inclusion
    • Situation analysis & end of week 2
  • Making it happen, making it work, measuring impact
    • Introducing week 3
    • Planning
    • Monitoring and evaluation
    • Sport: Benefits, risks and limitations
    • End of week 3
  • Mobilising people, partners and resources
    • Introducing week 4
    • Elevator pitch activity
    • Making decisions
    • Final assignment
    • End of week 4

Taught by

Melissa Palombi


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