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Developing National Sport Policies and Strategies

Technical assistance is available to member countries to develop national policies and strategies to maximise the contribution of sport to national development objectives.

This work focuses on the intentional use of sport as a tool in advancing sustainable development and strengthening governance, gender equality and the protection and promotion of human rights in sport. The Commonwealth is recognised as a global leader in this arena and plays a key coordination role in sports policy with other international intergovernmental and sporting stakeholders, as well as business, academia, non-government groups and civil society.

The Commonwealth works closely with governments and other stakeholders to ensure technical assistance is tailored to suit the country, their local environment and also reflects government priorities and aspirations.

The level of support may vary from country to country, but may include assistance with policy design, strategy development, consultation and engagement with stakeholders, research, training and capacity building, drafting documentation or undertaking evaluation. The Commonwealth is able to assist countries to develop overarching national plans and provide strategic advice. This may also include using external advisers and experts as required.

The Commonwealth has produced a series of guidelines and toolkits to support policy and strategy development in Sport for Development and Peace.

These guide the Commonwealth’s technical assistance for member countries and are available on the website.