South Africa

Trends and scholarship

Authored by: Cora Burnett

Routledge Handbook of Sport for Development and Peace

Print publication date:  September  2018
Online publication date:  October  2018

Print ISBN: 9781138210486
eBook ISBN: 9781315455174
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In the aftermath of the Apartheid regime (1948–1994) in South Africa, international agencies such as the Australian Sports Commission, German Development Corporation’s Youth Development through Football (GIZ/YDF) and Nike South Africa became involved with sport (for) development initiatives on the continent. In South Africa, this type of involvement entails influencing a philosophy, policies, structures and the scaling of practices that reached a pinnacle around the 2010 FIFA World Cup. Discussion on stakeholder engagement in addressing multidimensional manifestations of poverty as they affect children and youth, explores power dynamics and partnerships constructed by multiple mandates of sport, physical education and physical activity programmes. This chapter explores contextual realities of Sport for Development and Peace (SDP) trends from pre- to post-colonial times with a focus on national and local responses to major international influences. It challenges neocolonial power relations at the core of development philosophies and debates around sustainability and ownership. An emerging development is the Commonwealth Games Federation’s focus on this sector after the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games. The chapter reflects on major research projects and scholarships to represent a meaningful voice from the global South.

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