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Sport for Development Conference

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“Sport has the power to change the world…it has the power to inspire. It has the power to unite people in a way that little else does. It speaks to youth in a language they understand. Sport can create hope where once there was only despair. It is more powerful than government in breaking down racial barriers.” Nelson Mandela

Videos from the conference

Next Step 2014: Using Sport for Good conference session videos along with interviews with various participants are available on The International Platform on Sport and Development at http://bit.ly/nextstep2014live 

Powerpoint slides from the conference

Speaker presentation slides from each of the sessions at Next Step 2014 are available at  http://bit.ly/nextstep2014ppts.

Photos from the conference

Photo highlights from each day of Next Step 2014 are available on our Facebook page at the following links:


The Sport for Development and Peace International Working Group (SDP IWG) Secretariat, hosted by the United Nations Office on Sport for Development and Peace (UNOSDP), has nominated Magic Bus to host the Next Step 2014 Conference. Next Step Conference is an international event that brings together a range of stakeholders who can promote the global Sport for Development agenda. Previous Next Step Conferences have been held in Holland, Zambia, Namibia, Trinidad & Tobago and have led to a growth of the sector in the region they have been held in. This one, the fifth in the series, will be situated strategically in India to promote this concept in the Asia region.

Hosted in India's Capital city, Next Step 2014 offers participants a flavour of New Delhi's mild spring weather and vibrant culture. The programme is a mix of indoor sessions, outdoor sessions, and cultural events to make the stay memorable for first time visitors as well as those already familiar with the city.


Objectives of the conference

Next Step 2014 is planned as a forum for exchanges of ideas and concrete ways in which to make effective Sport for Development programmes. It will provide a platform that can bring together the perspectives of sports for development that stretch beyond the sports field. The 5-day conference will further advance global partnerships for development.

The emphasis will be on creating a web of linkages to foster the Sport for Development space and enable practitioners, academicians, donor agencies and Corporate Houses to learn about and implement effective Sport for Development programmes.

Conference structure

The conference is a commitment to achieving strategic outcomes as well as a celebration of diversity – of culture, sport and people. It therefore has a balance of sessions that allow experts, practitioners and students to interact and hear each other, as well as events and spaces that enable sharing on a more cultural level. The conference will focus on practices around Sport for Development on themes relating to safeguarding, peace and inclusion, social development, and mitigating the threat of non-communicable diseases.

  • Plenary sessions: Centrally held sessions with a panel of expert speakers will set the context on the theme for the day
  • Breakaways: Sessions emerging out of the main thematic in the plenary, typically for smaller sub-groups that want to engage in-depth with a sub-topic
  • Skill Building Workshops: Learning-by-doing spaces for smaller groups on practical Sport for Development elements like the development of curriculum and proposal writing 
  • Thematic Stalls and Poster Exhibitions by participants around the conference themes
  • Play Spaces where participants can try their hand at indigenous games that they may not be familiar with
  • Events such as cultural evenings, musical performances and visits to field areas 
  • Visiting Historical Sites in Delhi