Category archives for Volume 1, Issue 1

Advancing the Evidence Base of Sport for Development: A New Open-Access, Peer-Reviewed Journal

This editorial clarifies for researchers, implementers, funders and policy-makers how JSFD fits into the expanding sport for development landscape. Our objective is to examine, advance and disseminate evidence, best practices, and lessons learned from SFD programmes and interventions. We aim to publish both quantitative and qualitative studies that can better inform the SFD sector. This includes […]

Sport for Development events and social capital building: a critical analysis of experiences from Sri Lanka

In answering the call for empirical evaluations, this paper investigated the role of a sport-for-development project in contributing to intergroup development and social capital building between disparate communities in ethnically divided Sri Lanka. Thirty-one semi-structured interviews were conducted with various stakeholders after the weekend-long Intercultural Sports Meeting project in rural Sri Lanka, assessing participant experiences, behaviour […]

Physical inactivity among adolescents in Managua, Nicaragua: a cross-sectional study and legal analysis

This study examined whether (i) there exists an association between sex and physical inactivity among Nicaraguan adolescents and (ii) Nicaragua is in compliance with its CEDAW obligations to ensure gender equality in sports and physical activity. Structured interviews were conducted with 100 adolescents (13-17 years) in public high schools in Managua. In addition, Nicaragua’s legal framework was reviewed, with reference to physical activity […]

Sport for Development Programmes for Girls and Women: A Global Assessment

Using a framework of sport for development (SFD) theory and programme objectives set forth by the UN, this study identified trends in sport for SFD programmes for girls and women. The number of SFD programmes, objectives, and intended impacts identified in this study suggests that the abundance of policies supporting sport and women’s development is a step forward in the quest for global gender equity and the achievement of various Millennium Development Goals […]

GIZ/YDF and youth as drivers of Sport for Development in the African context

The 2010 FIFA World Cup attracted key development agencies to the African continent such as GIZ which created a Youth Development through Football (YDF) programme for implementation in ten African countries. A social impact assessment conducted in 2011 revealed changes at the overall objective level. The S•DIAT (Sport-in-Development Impact Assessment Tool) was utilised which followed a pre-post comparative design […]