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Sport, as a unifying factor and force for inclusion, is listed in Agenda 2030 for sustainable development: it contributes to peace, the empowerment of women and young people and helps achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in health, education and social cohesion. AFD has therefore integrated the sports component in its 2018-2022 Strategic guideline plan. Our goal: to support the implementation of sustainable development initiatives involving sports.
During his African tour in July 2018, President Emmanuel Macron promoted sports as a powerful lever for action for young people and social and economic development. The President of France announced the launch of an initiative supported by AFD to mobilize sports sector stakeholders for sustainable development.
The initiative that AFD will be launching in 2019 will rely on a digital platform. It will bring together the worlds of sport and development finance to mobilize dedicated resources, provide opportunities for stakeholders to meet (donors, foundations, federations, leagues) and support athletes’ development projects. We are also working to capitalize on expertise. Our research teams have been mobilized to measure the societal and economic impacts of sports activities.
The sports calendar is promising. With Paris set to host the 2024 Olympic Games, new opportunities await for developing a diversified portfolio of projects. The organization of an international event is sure to inspire numerous initiatives in partner countries promoting sport for all, initiatives that AFD will be able to support.