Sport and development

This report includes a few examples of barriers and enablers


Some individual studies noted factors for success and what did not work well. However, there was not enough evidence to get a synthesis on barriers and enablers to sport for development in general. Often programmes in the literature were described but rarely evaluated. Where they were evaluated, specific features contributing to success or otherwise were not identified. The few examples where barriers and enablers are discussed are noted in sections 3 and 4 respectively

K4D helpdesk reports provide summaries of current research, evidence and lessons learned. This report was commissioned by the UK Department for International Development.


Bolton, L. (2017). Sport and Development. K4D Helpdesk Report. Brighton, UK: Institute of Development Studies.

Sport and development

Published 6 February 2017