This toolkit is a gateway to “Sport for Development”. You will find information, guidelines, manuals, tools and advice on how to implement projects using the “Sport for Development” approach. In the following you will find answers to questions like: How can I use the toolkit? Which target groups does it appeal to? How can sport contribute to the SDGs? What kind of competences can children and youth, coaches and multipliers acquire? How can we evaluate the outcome of S4D projects?

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The Toolkit provides theoretical and practice-oriented resources which serve to promote the use of sport as a tool to achieve development goals, to improve S4D knowledge and practice, and to encourage those with an interest  to implement  S4D projects and activities.

The Toolkit is relevant for development experts and practicioners as well as anyone with an interest in sport and development theory and practice.

This Toolkit aims to provide access to tools, learning materials and resources that have been developed and/or used by GIZ and partners and have proved to be successful. The reader is invited to adapt the learning materials to his/her own needs with the understanding that the resources have not been developed with a view to promote a one-size-fits-all approach. The reader is therefore asked to critically consider the relevance of the information presented in the learning materials  with respect to his/her work.

Furthermore, the Toolkit Learning Lab provides web seminars and workshops that explore how S4D can contribute to development objectives. In the calendar of the Learning Lab you will find upcoming web seminars, workshops and events, that you can register for.

Use the Your Requirements section of the website to locate learning materials that are the most relevant to your needs.

The Toolkit is structured according to the following sections:

(1) The S4D Essentials presents information responding to  key questions, such as:

  • How can sport contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)?
  • What does Capacity Development (CD) mean in the field of S4D?
  • Which S4D Competences can be gained on different levels?
  • Which Partners and Networks are involved in S4D?
  • What kind of Teaching and Learning Materials are available?
  • What kind of role does Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) play in the field of S4D? 
  • Why do S4D Coaches need to consider the Five Principles of S4D?

(2) The S4D Topic Collection provides recommendations and practical examples on how sport can be used to achieve certain development goals and how it can be used in different contexts.

(3) In the S4D Country Collection, you will find all the different GIZ supported S4D programmes and projects, which are presented  by country. 

(4) In the section S4D Tools for your Practice you will find useful tools for incorporating S4D into your work. These tools are meant to be relevant for  new and experienced S4D practitioners.

(5) In the Learning Lab section you will find upcoming seminars, online workshops and events on key topics related to sport for development. 

(6) In the  Your Requirements section you will be able to search for documents according to your needs.

(7) In the News section you can stay informed about the latest S4D developments.

(8) Sign-up to our Newsletter to receive updates from the GIZ S4D team. 

You can find the different types of "Tools" in our GLOSSARY. The glossary is also a tool where you can find definitions for the various terms used on this website, including:


Within the Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development (A/RES/70/1), sport is highlighted as an important enabler of sustainable development. It is viewed as a means to teach tolerance and respect and to contribute to the empowerment of women, young people, individuals and communities as well as to health, education and social inclusion objectives. For example, the potential contribution of sport toward ‘gender equality’ is promoting female leaders and role models or raising awareness on gender issues. You can find more detailed examples of how S4D can be used in different contexts in the S4D Essentials

The target group for S4D programmes can be divided into three groups:

The first group is comprised of stakeholders and politicians who are possible supporters and partners of S4D programmes. This group also includes those who do not have a lot of prior S4D knowledge.

The second group consists of people who would like to become multipliers (e.g. trainers, coaches, social workers etc.) within the S4D field. They can participate in workshops and trainings where they will  learn how to teach S4D activities to children and youth as well as how to teach others to become trainers themselves.

The third group is made of the final recipients of the sport programmes, who  are children and youth; particularly those from regions affected by poverty. These young people often have to cope with additional disadvantages arising from the social, political and cultural circumstances in their home countries. Girls and young women receive special consideration, since there is a lack of projects geared to their needs and often they have only limited access to educational and social programmes.

Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) is an essential part of the cycle of a S4D programme and part of all GIZ’s S4D activities on the ground. In general, monitoring is integral to evaluation. During an evaluation, information from previous monitoring processes is used to understand the ways in which a project or programme develops and stimulates change. Monitoring focuses on the measurement of the following aspects of an intervention:

  • The frequency and quality of the implemented activities (outputs: What do we do? How do we manage our activities?)
  • The internal processes of a project or programme (outcomes: What were the effects /changes that occurred as a result of your intervention?)
  • The external processes of an intervention (impact: Which broader, long-term effects were triggered by the implemented activities in combination with other environmental factors?)

The evaluation process is an analysis or interpretation of the collected data which delves deeper into the relationships between the results of a project/programme, the effects produced by the project/programme and the overall impact of the project/programme.

In the S4D Essentials section you will find more information about M&E in the field of S4D.

In the S4D Topic Collection  and the S4D Country Collection sections you will find example M&E tools, which are used in our programmes and projects in different countries and contexts.

The S4D Tools for your Practice include several research-informed tools for your work in the field of S4D.