Users guide

This toolkit offers you tools and learning examples for sport and development projects and for NGOs, sports clubs and governments and consists of the following sections:

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Tools & tips

In this section you will find tools, succes factors and pit falls for the following subjects.

Capacity building

To use sport as a vehicle for social change, the first step is developing a sustainable sport structure. This implies that if development organisations want to work with sport, they will need specialised sports organisations to lay the foundation. Capacity building is aimed at strengthening organisations, in this specific case generally local NGOs that use sport as a means for social change. The central question is how to ensure that these organisations can supply better services and products to their target group or local partner organisations, now and in the longer term. Section Capacity building

Sport development

As sport is becoming increasingly recognized as a powerful tool for development, more resources must be allocated with the purpose of securing the quality of sport structures. We want to provide advice and examples that might be helpful for the development of new- and capacity building of existing- sport delivery structures and organizations. This theme is in development. Section Sport Development

Projectmanagement tools

Why are some projects a success while other projects fail? Research shows however that projects which are designed and planned with care, have a much higher success rate and longer lasting effects. Even though most people rationally know the importance of this starting phase of any project, it often receives too little attention. For this reason, we offer you a set of project management tools in this section. Section Projectmanagement


Organizations that succeed in creating effective, sustainable development through sport programs, understand the necessity of strategic, synergistic partnerships and alliances. Partnerships are often entered into without properly evaluating and understanding key issues for the alliance, such as the principles and practices of potential partners, their readiness, and commitment to sustainability. This section aims to provide organizations with clear, concise rationale in leveraging their development though sport objectives by entering into strategic partnerships. Section Partnerships

Tools for psychological support

Psychological support is increasingly becoming an accepted element in relief, care, support and first aid throughout the world. However, it differs from material support in that the recovery process is much longer and less visible. Section Community based psychological support

Monitoring and evaluation

Only a reliable and long-term commitment will ensure that the psychosocial aspects of relief work are professionally implemented and make a crucial difference to the victims and volunteers affected by disasters.

It is important to learn from experiences: it expands the existing knowledge base and helps to make the programmes even more effective. Monitoring and evaluation (M&E) of projects and programmes plays an essential role in this process. M&E gives an organisation insight into the effectiveness and efficiency of its activities, projects and programmes. Section Monitoring and evaluation

A word of thanks

We would like to thank the organisations that contributed to the production of this publication and of the toolkit. Special thanks go to the organisations that shared their lessons learned. By allowing other organisations a glimpse behind the scenes, they have shown courage as well as self-confidence. It means giving others an opportunity to learn from your successes as well as from your 'mistakes'. Lastly, we also wish to thank the experts who freely gave their knowledge and critically reviewed our conclusions and recommendations.

Pieter van der Houwen


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Click and zap

Navigating is according to mainstream internet rules. Just click and zap and you will soon be accustomed to the menu and structure. Menubars: The upper horizontal menubar shows the main sections. The left vertical menu bar displays the subsections and topics in the active main section. You can see which main section or topic is active, because it will be underlined and bold.


In this section we offer you information and tools for the following themes.


Sport can make a significant contribution to improving the position of women. By offering sports activities to girls and women, they get a chance to develop and increase their self-confidence. Girls and women who excel at sport can act as role models for other girls and women. Read about sport and gender equality in the section Gender


One of the most widely recognised ways to use sport as a tool, is to use it for bringing people together to share information on HIV/AIDS. Read about tools and best practices in the section HIV/AIDS


Access to and participation in sport is a human right and essential for individuals of all ages to lead healthy and fulfilling lives. Read how sport can be of value for the battle against poverty in the section Poverty


People with a disability in developing countries have major barriers to overcome. Sports can be used as a therapeutic instrument and an educational tool, as a way to create both self-esteem and awareness and as a catalyst for (re) integration in society. Read more in the section Disability

Peace and reconciliation

Sport may assist in promoting programmes of conflict resolution and reconciliation between sharply divided communities. Team sports can force people who have been divided by war and deep-seated enmities to see these 'enemies' as team-mates with particular skills and qualities that assist in achieving common goals. Read more in the section Peace and reconciliation


Sport and physical activity are essential for improving health and well being. Read more about the potential benefits and projects in the section Health


The section Trauma informs you about trauma, tips for the sport development worker about how to work with sports persons who have had a traumatic experience and tips for the sending agencies on how to support, guide and protect development workers.

Suggestions welcome

Please mail suggestions and input for the next edition to Van Kempen Consultancy.

Pieter van der Houwen