20 June 2017
Sport has the power to change lives. The power and popularity
of sport is increasingly a key component of international
development programs to improve health, education, disability and
gender equality around the world.
GHD is acting on behalf of the Australian Department of Foreign
Affairs and Trade (DFAT) on the Steering Board of a global
knowledge hub for sport for development: the International Platform
on Sport for Development and Peace (sportanddev.org).
The appointment reflects GHD’s role as managing contractor for
the Pacific Sports Partnership (PSP), which provides funding and
support for sport for development programs in Cook Islands, Fiji,
Kiribati, Nauru, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga
and Vanuatu. For an inspiring video and more information on DFAT’s
Ben Howard, Program Manager of the Pacific Sports Partnership,
recently attended the Steering Board meeting at Marlborough House
in London, UK.
Ben says, “Australia was one of the early leaders and innovators
in leveraging the power of sport to promote development and peace.
We have been working hard with our client, DFAT, to share the
experience of PSP and position Australia again as a leader at the
international level. Being part of sportanddev.org governance gives
Australia and the Asia Pacific countries a voice in the global
conversation on sport for development.”
Forming part of DFAT’s new
Australian Sports Diplomacy Strategy, the PSP initiative is
delivered in partnership with 13 Australian national sporting
organisations, three world bodies and six regional sports
organisations to deliver targeted sport for development activities
that support 52 Pacific National Sporting Federations.
Ben adds, “It’s a tremendous privilege to be part of PSP. The
program shows how using sport as a development tool can help tackle
social problems, combat disease risk factors, and achieve better
inclusion for women and people with disability.”
GHD’s Ben Howard (third from right) at the Steering Board
meeting at Marlborough House in London, UK.