THE NEED FOR AN INSTITUTE
The use of sport in the field of peace and development has grown rapidly in the past ten years. The sphere now encompasses many different actors and initiatives using sport to address a diverse array of inter-linked development challenges, including peace building; personal, community and social development; economic development; education and governance.
A great deal of monitoring and evaluation is being done at the programme level, and a growing volume of research exists within different academic disciplines, predominantly in social, natural and applied sciences. In addition, sport for peace and development is emerging as its own field, and there is a strong need to build up a solid body of research, practice, and evaluation within that field. However, for the most part these disparate threads remain unconnected.
There is demand for high quality targeted interdisciplinary research to identify best practices, ensure sustainability and demonstrate the impact that sport can make to different policy and programme interventions. Such research will benefit existing and potential stakeholders, including academic institutions; governments; donors; the private sector; and development, civil society and sport organisations. The research will also lead to improved mainstreaming: integrating peace and conflict resolution across relevant sectors, increasing programme impact, sustainability and support.
There is a lack of a dedicated institution to lead on interdisciplinary research and collaboration, giving the field coherence and attracting new actors to it.
The Generations For Peace Institute is the world’s first Institute specifically established to respond to this need and serve as a leader in research.
To serve as the world’s leading Institute focused on the contribution and impact of sport to the field of sustainable peace and development.
To conduct, invest in, and disseminate collaborative cutting-edge interdisciplinary research and best practices to demonstrate and increase the use and impact of sport for sustainable peace and development.