Sport for Protection Toolkit: Programming with young people in forced displacement settings

The Sport for Protection Toolkit: Programming with Young People in Forced Displacement Settings was a multi-agency collaboration between the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and Terre des hommes organisation (Tdh). It is based on the belief that sport and physical exercise can play an important role in combating some of the challenges of forced displacement by enhancing the protection, well-being and social development of young people from both communities.

This toolkit has been developed as a practical guide for Sport for Protection programming. It is divided into four sections:

  • Section 1: The Warm-Up introduces the purpose of the toolkit.
  • Section 2: The Method of Scoring outlines the theory of change, the protection outcomes Sport for Protection programmes can achieve and essential guidance on the safeguarding of young people.
  • Section 3: The Court, or play space, provides information on the theoretical foundations for Sport for Protection programming and their practical application.
  • Section 4: The Game Plan offers step-by-step guidance and practical tools for project cycle management (e.g. designing, managing and evaluating a Sport for Protection programme). 

Within the toolkit, there are also links to additional resources and tools that cover topics in more depth. Key resources are also listed by section and topic, following the Annexes. 

This Sport for Protection Toolkit will guide the work of the Olympic Refuge Foundation and will be used by a broad cross-section of organisations and stakeholders to better understand and implement effective Sport for Protection programming. 

Published 2018-11-28