Sport for Development

Moral development through liberal education and sport


The Western world commonly champions the power of sport for social cohesion and communal pride (Schulenkorf, 2011) through sporting mega events and small-scale development projects.  Empirical evidence, however, that proof those claims are scarce (Chalip, 2006; Coalter, 2007; Kidd, 2008).  Sport for good has received critics based on statistical proof that neither economical nor other social benefits reach the ones in need (Briedenhann, 2011).

Even further most projects claiming to assist any of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (see >>here) are poorly implemented and lack coordination with mainstream development activities (Tiessen, 2011).  The complexity of conflicts and difficulty to transform those to achieve sustainable peace makes it impossible for sport as a single phenomenon to be detached from broader initiatives. 

Consequently, this section hereafter aims to combine theory and anecdotal evidence to suggest a Sport for Development and Peace framework (SDP) that is believed to be universal and leaves positive legacies behind.  The suggested methodology utilizes the ideas of liberal education and the perks of sport to facilitate moral development.

Table of Contents

Executive Summary


Initiation – Moral development and its worth

Integration – Sport as vehicle for moral education

Innovation – Liberal education making sport a tool for moral development

Challenges and limitations

Conclusion and Acknowledgement


Keywords: Sport for Development and Peace, SDP, Moral Development, Liberal Education, Mutual Quest for Excellence, Conflict Transformation.