The concept of peace and development through sport raises doubts about its capacity to achieve development in poor communities and/or build peace in regions distraught by conflict amongst the international community. The extreme media coverage of sport, its politicisation and the increase in violence and discrimination tend to compromise the honourable motives of organisations involved in the movement. The situation is generally exacerbated by confusion between the promotion of peace culture and peace building. However, sport can play an important role in the lives of poor communities and positively contribute towards peace processes if it is properly integrated into a broader development strategy conceived through the collaboration of all stakeholders involved.
To illustrate my point of view, I have studied three specific examples of the concept which reveal its characteristic strengths and weaknesses. Through the examples of ‘Peace and Sport Organisation’, ‘Football Solidaire’ and the ‘Tegla Loroupe Peace Foundation’, I have highlighted the diverging perspectives of a non-governmental organisation, a national development agency and an international sports organisation which despite their similar objectives, have different missions, methods and interests.
The Principality of Monaco represented a unique opportunity to assess the potential of this young concept of peace and development through sport by studying three organisations that have received its support in different ways. Monaco’s competence in sport and humanitarian affairs, its Olympian Leader, its vast resources and panel of sports organisations is an ideal asset which can internationally demonstrate the potential of this concept as a low cost method to foster development and peace. Should the Principality decide to maximise its highly skilful work force, contacts and potential in that domain, it has the legitimacy and capacity to successfully support this concept and gain further international recognition. It is why I am proposing a model of collaborative process under its authority.
Key words: - Sport a tool for Peace and Sustainable Development; - HSH Prince Albert II, the Principality of Monaco and Sport; - The role of the Principality of Monaco in Conflict Resolution, Humanitarian Affairs and International Relations: Sport, an Instrument of Cultural Foreign Policy; - Peace Culture and Peace Building through Sport; - Sport, Civil Society and the Third Way
|School:||The American University of Paris (France)|
|Department:||Global Communications and Civil Society|
|Source:||MAI 56/02M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Peace Studies, Social structure, Recreation|
|Keywords:||Cultural foreign policy, Monaco, Peace, Poor communities, Sport, Sustainable development|
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