Human_development_through_spor by samirazhouri


									                                             DEVELOPMENT THROUGH SPORT
                                             UPDATE – JULY 2011

                                                       OUR PHILOSOPHY
FIRST                                                  The idea of combining sport and development is
                                                       not a new one. The founder of the IOC and
The IOC’s mission
                                                       reviver of the modern Olympic Games, Pierre de
                                                       Coubertin, was already in his time a strong
"As a values-based sports organisation, we             advocate of international cooperation and of the
can’t change the world on our own. But we can          social and human values of sport.
— and we do — help to make it a better place,”         Based on this long-time commitment as a
Jacques Rogge, IOC President.                          socially responsible organisation, the IOC is
                                                       engaged in sports development at grass-roots
As we look at today’s society, it is clear that the    level aiming to both increase access to physical
social and economic effects of globalisation, the      activity worldwide and to improve social and
degradation of the environment, and the                human well-being at large.
increasing gap between the haves and have-
nots, are calling for a concerted effort of every
citizen, of every social group, to find long-lasting   SPORT AS A TOOL FOR
solutions for better human development.                DEVELOPMENT
There is no doubt that the Olympic Games have          Beyond physical well-being, sport can play an
an increasingly positive legacy in terms of            important role for a safer, more prosperous and
sustainable social and economic development            more peaceful society, through its educational
for the host city and the country at large. But        values and worldwide network. It is recognized
beyond this, the Olympic Games, which                  by the United Nations as an effective tool to
generate major resources and gather together           contribute in reaching the Millennium
the best athletes in the world every two years,        Development Goals (MDGs). The MDGs are
are supported daily by initiatives of all kinds to     eight international development goals that all
develop sport at grass-roots level throughout the      United Nations member states as well as a
world and to promote the values of solidarity,         series of international organizations have
peace and human dignity which can sport can            agreed to achieve by the year 2015. Among the
channel.                                               MDGs sport can effectively contribute too are :

This finds its roots in the fundamental principles     MDG No. 1. Eradicate extreme poverty and
of Olympism :                                          hunger: The IOC has a wide range of activities
                                                       offering direct food supplies for children,
“The goal of Olympism is to place sport at             providing sports equipment for fitness and social
the service of the harmonious development              activities and health.
of man, with a view to promoting a peaceful
society concerned with the preservation of             MDG No. 2 .Achieve Universal Primary
human dignity."                                        Education : The IOC supports primary school
                                                       education for school children by providing
                                                       education material together with sports

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MDG No. 3 . Promote gender equity and                  The objective is now to replicate the project in
empower women : The IOC has a fully-fledged            other developing countries and thereby
gender equity programme and supports women             institutionalize the programme.
in sport as well as having special women and
sport commission.
                                                       Providing   food     and       recreation      to
MDGs No. 6 : Combat HIV/AIDS and other                 disadvantaged children
diseases : The IOC has developed a fully-              The IOC supports the World Food Programme
fledged HIV & AIDS policy and programme.               (WFP) school-feeding programmes, offering
                                                       direct financial support for food supplies for
MDG       No.     7:    Ensure    environmental        children, as well as providing sports equipment
sustainability. The IOC considers environment          for fitness and social activities, in several
as the third pillar of Olympism, alongside sport       countries of Africa and Asia.
and education and culture. It applies important
financial resources to the programme and has a
                                                       Fighting poverty and violence
special sport and environment commission.

MDG No.8: Global partnership for development :         The IOC partners with the United Nations
                                                       Development Programme (UNDP) on the
the IOC places its network and at the service
of development through its advocacy and                development of sport for development and
                                                       peace activities within communities affected by
communication platforms, mobilizing -amongst
                                                       high levels of criminality. The organisation of
other members of the Olympic Movement -
                                                       sporting activities and the education of
Organizing Committees, International Sports
                                                       youngsters on solidarity, respect and peaceful
Federations and National Olympic Committees.
                                                       coexistence are used to address violence
                                                       among young people.

OUR ACTIVITIES                                         The IOC also cooperates with the United
The IOC cooperates with partners including             Nations Human Settlement Programme (UN-
numerous United Nations agencies, as well as           Habitat) by mobilizing the youth through sporting
international     governmental         and    non-     activities so that they can play a role in urban
governmental institutions to develop and               planning processes.
implement its projects using sport as a tool for
development. National Olympic Committees do            Empowering local communities
also support these activities locally through
their sports expertise and network. Several            The     IOC,    the    International     Labour
International    Federations       have    similarly   Organisation (ILO), the NOC of Mozambique
developed initiatives in this field too.               and a local development agency have
                                                       implemented a major poverty alleviation and
Sports for Hope                                        economic development programme for the
                                                       community of Boane, 250km away from the
In partnership with the National Olympic               Mozambique capital. Support has been provided
Committee of Zambia, the government of                 to pay school fees for over 600 primary school
Zambia and a group on International and                children from under-privileged families to bring
National Sports Federations, the IOC has               them back into the educational system.
launched the Sports for Hope Programme in
Lusaka, Zambia, in May 2010. In addition to            At the same time, local women have been
training mid-level athletes in 6 sports, the sports    trained to manufacture school uniforms and to
complex offers education programmes, health            produce groceries to be sold on the local
services and community activities in the               markets, and have formed a cooperative. The
neighboring districts.                                 OlympAfrica centre, where the programme is
                                                       being implemented, is also used as a sports
                                                       training centre from some 1,000 children from
                                                       the surrounding villages where sport and
                                                       education courses are taught to them.
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Restoring hope among populations affected   
by war                                                sport/hiv-aids-prevention-and-promotion-of-

The IOC supports projects of rehabilitation           Regional seminars are organised by the IOC in
through sport enabling war and land mine              cooperation with UNAIDS, the IFRC and
victims to play and be involved in sports events      UNICEF with the objective of discussing the role
in the framework of its cooperation with the          of sport in national and regional efforts against
International Committee of the Red Cross
                                                      the pandemic. It also allows for an evaluation on
                                                      the impact of HIV & AIDS on sportspersons in
The IOC has also supported the creation of a          participating countries, and create working
safe play areas project in Azerbaijan in 2008         relationships between NOCs and partner
consisting in demining areas and building basic       institutions so that they may cooperate in their
sport infrastructures (or rehabilitate them).

                                                      Olympic Games solidarity campaign

The sporting community responding to HIV
& AIDS                                                The IOC and UNHCR have worked together
                                                      since 1996 on sports projects for refugee camps
The AIDS epidemic poses a real and serious            and resettlements around the world. Basic sport
threat to the human existence, development and        equipments and recreational activities are
security. The fact that it mainly targets and         offered to these deprived populations,
incapacitates the young people who form the           composed mostly of children and young people
backbone       of    the     Olympic       Movement   who are particularly in need of leisure activities
programmes raises concern for the IOC. It is in       to overcome the idleness of their life in a camp.
this framework, and based on the fundamental          Sports activities are also organised to facilitate
principle of Olympism, which strives to place         dialogue     between     refugees     and    local
sport at the service of mankind, that the IOC has     communities surrounding the camps. National
developed a policy and related programmes of          Olympic Committees of the countries in which
activities to contribute to this global fight.        refugee camps are situated are also associated
Its activities aim to promote AIDS awareness          with the projects.
and HIV prevention, as well as fight related
discrimination and stigma for everyone and            Giving is Winning
particularly among the sports community. The
programme is implemented in close cooperation
                                                      Since 2004, the IOC runs a clothes collection
with the Joint United Nations Programme
                                                      campaign “Giving is Winning” in the run-up to
against HIV & AIDS (UNAIDS), UNICEF, and
                                                      the Summer Olympic Games , in cooperation
the International Federation of the Red Cross
                                                      with the United Nations High Commissioner for
and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) - three
                                                      Refugees (UNHCR). Thanks to the generosity of
organisations which are particularly active in
                                                      members of the Olympic Family and its
policy development and community work.
                                                      partners, more than 27,000 items were collected
The first Toolkit on HIV & AIDS prevention            at the 2004 Athens Olympic Games, and more
through sport was jointly published by the IOC        than 75’000 items during the 2008 Beijing
and UNAIDS in 2005. It is available in French,        Olympic Games. The items were donated to the
English, Portuguese, Russian, Chinese, Swahili        less fortunate in several camps around the
and Spanish. Specifically designed for members        globe, particularly to young people and enabled
of the sports community, it offers more               the implementation of sporting activities and
information about HIV & AIDS, numerous                contributed to improve their quality of life.
activities and programmes to be developed,            Various NOCs expressed their support to the
specific suggestions on activities for young          project by making substantial donations.
people and information on who can be of

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Supporting emergency relief
In parallel to its current humanitarian sports
assistance programmes, the IOC also supports,
on an ad-hoc basis, important relief operations
through donations of first aid and sports goods
for populations affected by war, natural
disasters and major catastrophes. As for most
other IOC projects at community level, the
NOCs of the countries concerned are also
involved in those initiatives. Those programmes
are generally implemented through United
Nations agencies or the International Committee
of the Red Cross (ICRC).


DEVELOPMENT THROUGH                                            July 2011

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