The Right to Play for Development

Kids playing basketball in Farah, Afghanistan. Photo: Wikimedia Commons

One of the most difficult tasks for international developers today is reaching the most vulnerable populations in the developing world who are often missed by typical outreach programs. This generally includes young women and children. According to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, children have the right to “to engage in play and recreational activities.” Since the convention, sports have become evermore popular as a tool in humanitarian outreach programs. However, it has taken nearly 90 years for sports to be taken seriously as a platform for development and even today several skeptics remain unconvinced about the impact of sports on development.

by Sofia Murad