n African Journal for Physical Health Education, Recreation and Dance - Sport and development policies in selected African countries administration

Supplement 2
  • ISSN : 1117-4315


This study provides an overview and assessment of the status and standing of sport policy, legislation and plans as well as a development perspective on specific sport and development themes in selected African countries. These include the status and standing of sport policy and legislation; strategy, planning and implementation; monitoring and evaluation arrangements. The research also addressed compliance with international protocols; linkages to national development plans; institutional arrangements; sport and gender; physical education and sport as part of school curricula; traditional sport and games; gender and disability; interfaces between sport and health; and sport and development initiatives. This research was based on a completed research study (Keim and De Coning, 2014) on African sport and development policy at the Interdisciplinary Centre of Excellence for Sport Sciences and Development (ICESSD), the University of the Western Cape (UWC), South Africa. The research is regarded as an important first step in establishing good baseline information on the standing of African policies on sport and development. The methods employed were to develop a baseline study on sport policy in 11 selected African countries and to use a multi-case study approach in African member states, focusing on Benin, Burkina Faso, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Rwanda, Tanzania, and Uganda, by using a survey questionnaire completed by expert interviewers and researchers. The African Sports Index study found that the existence and quality of public policy and legislation concerning sport and development varied greatly amongst the countries that were studied. In some instances, sport policy contains contemporary approaches and some of the world's cutting edge approaches to sport and development, while in other instances, both policy and legislation on sport were virtually absent. It was concluded that various specific policy areas were apparent that requires further attention by researchers, policy analysts and decision-makers.

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