Laying the Groundwork: Sport for Development Toolkit

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A new toolkit, Sport for Protection Toolkit: Programming with Young People in Forced Displacement Settings, focuses on advocating and engaging stakeholders to use the power of sport to strengthen the protection, development and empowerment of vulnerable children and youth.

The initial research and report that informed this toolkit was carried out by Dr. Laura Lee and Dr. Philip Cook from the International Institute for Child Rights and Development (IICRD). This research helped to lay the groundwork for the toolkit, focused on seeking stronger and more effective approaches to protecting children and youth through sports and play-based activities. Learn more about our research activities to support this cutting-edge practitioner resource. 


The toolikit was developed as multi-agency collaboration between the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and Terre des hommes (Tdh).

Watch this impactful video that explores the role of sport to enable young people from adverse settings to become agents of change in their communities.

Imagine a world where we build on the core strengths of children, their families, and communities, to create dignity, belonging, and justice for all.


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