What is the IDB doing in sports?
Sports for Development at the IDB
Each year tens of thousands of Latin Americans drop out of school to take low-skilled jobs and across the region, one in five people between the ages of 15 and 24 years fall into the category of “NEETs”— those who neither work nor study. Given the proven ability of sports to engage, motivate, train, and retain youth in programs, the IDB is actively using sports to reach these young people and prepare them for a bright, productive future.
The IDB’s Sports for Development program utilizes sports as a vehicle for providing marginalized youth the tools to take optimal advantage of social and economic advancement opportunities. Results to date have demonstrated that sports can have a transformational effect in this context – improving the well-being of both project participants and their communities more broadly.
The program places special emphasis on imparting life skills including teamwork, discipline, self-esteem, and other values that improve employability. The transversal nature of these efforts has also allowed the IDB and its partners to achieve social and economic development benefits including conflict resolution, gender equity, violence prevention, education, health and wellness, and social inclusion.
To date, the IDB’s Sports for Development program has developed 17+ initiatives, benefiting more than 89,000 people across 18 countries.
To partner with the IDB on sports for development, reach out to the Office of Outreach and Partnerships at firstname.lastname@example.org