Sport and SDGs: Reducing inequalities through sports programs

Sport and SDGs: Reducing inequalities through sports programs

In recent years we have been talking about the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the 2030 Agenda, where different global organizations strategically plan their lines of action to achieve these goals.

The sports sector is not exempt from this general framework and therefore, there have been several publications talking about which SDGs are referents in physical activity and sport. And well, it has been detected that most of them can apply to the sports field depending on the vision of the organization.

Also, considering this theoretical vision, it is sometimes difficult for many organizations to find the secret formula to apply the SDGs at the operational level, so in this article, you will find the 15 necessary tips. In this sense, it is essential to know the purpose of your organization and analyze the areas of action and the profile you are targeting, to be able to propose general programs and thus lead specific actions that guide the achievement of these goals.

Specifically, one of the SDGs, where physical activity and sport have a long way to go, is Goal 10. Reduce inequality within and among countries.

As ambitious as it may seem, the sport and development sector is an area that is gaining strength, and there are more and more organizations and initiatives that, based on physical activity and sport, seek to target vulnerable populations, breaking the gap of economic, social and opportunity inequality. 

Whether at the public or private level or the local or international level, there are a variety of programs that are developed to fight inequalities, considering the reality of the context in which we want to work. Before implementing specific actions, it is necessary to detect the needs and profiles to which we want to direct social projects so that they are useful and generate an impact. Therefore, every project must have an evaluation and monitoring system that measures the progress and results of the participants to validate whether their situation has changed before and after the project.

In addition, one of the keys to the success of such programs is to establish synergies and strategic alliances with organizations in the sector to expand knowledge, resources and promotion of the project. In this way, visibility, professionalization and funding are the keys to success in programs to reduce inequalities.

In short, small actions can create big changes. And it is both at the public level and in the private sector where organizations could create initiatives through games, physical activity or learning a specific sport that allows social integration, youth empowerment or equal opportunities.

If you want more detail about a real experience, here is the story of the ANOPA Project, a local NGO working to reduce inequalities for children and youth with disabilities through physical activity in Ghana. An interview with Andrea Flores, a consultant of our team, from her collaboration with this organization.