Sports and Development
Supporting social innovations through sports
Encouraging community sports
Supporting growth in an emerging sector
A comprehensive financial product offer
Mobilizing sports stakeholders for sustainable development
With their capacity to bring people together and foster inclusion, sports are cited in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development: they contribute to peace, the empowerment of women and young people, as well as to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the areas of health, education and social cohesion.
Under its “Sports and Development” strategy, AFD has made sports one of its new lines of action. It focuses on promoting “sports for all” and encourages equal access to their practice, with a special emphasis on gender equality issues.
During his speech in Ouagadougou in November 2017, French President Emmanuel Macron positioned sports as a “lever of action for young people and economic and social development in Africa”. In February 2018, during the visit by President George Weah of Liberia, the decision was made for AFD to promote an initiative to get sports stakeholders involved in sustainable development.
This initiative led to the launch of the “Sports in Common” platform during the Finance in Common summit on November 11th, 2020. The Pan-African platform seeks to bring together the worlds of sports and development finance to mobilize resources so that donors, foundations, federations and leagues can meet and support athlete development projects.
The upcoming sports calendar is promising. Paris’ designation as the host city for the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games is an opportunity to develop a diverse project portfolio. Organizing such an international event can truly encourage growth in the vast ecosystem of Sports and Development events in the countries where AFD works.