Summary of publication
Australia was an early adopter of sport for development (S4D) and is one of relatively few governments active in this field. Our S4D programs are focused on the Asia Pacific region. This evaluation makes an important contribution to the small but growing evidence-base available to policy makers seeking to affect change through S4D programs.
DFAT considers the methodology used in this external evaluation to be sound and the report to be of high quality. It reflects the complexities of operating a sport-focused development program with a broad range of partner countries and organisations. DFAT welcomes the findings and recommendations of the evaluation and thanks the many stakeholders in Australia and the Pacific for their contributions.
Overall the findings recognise that Australia’s S4D program helps promote sport as a pathway to good health and social inclusion. The program resonates because Australia is seen as a passionate sporting nation, a hub for sports science and administration, and as a long-term and trusted development partner in our region.