Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through Sport?

The research seeks to analyse the roles and policy objectives of sport institutions in Ghana and the extent to which they collectively contribute to national development goals. The research further explores how sport policies of state (sport ministry, reginal and district sport offices etc..) and non-state (National Sport Federations and Sport for Development orgnaisations) actors in Ghana navigate towards achieving some aspects of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the United Nations (UN). The research addresses three of the 17 SDGs; healthy living (SDG 3), gender equality, women and girls’ empowerment (SDG 5) and disability (SDG 10) which in itself gives focus to the growing field of Sport for Development and Peace (SDP).


Formal title

Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through Sport? An Analysis of Multi-stakeholder Approach to Policy Implementation in Ghana.


The following research questions underpins the focus this research:

RQ1. What were the process by which SDGs were translated into national policy Guidelines?

RQ2. How do state and non-state sport organisations (as policy actors) problematise the national sport policy goals of healthy living, gender equality women and girls’ empowerment and disability?

RQ3. How are the network of organisations for policy delivery managed?


The project data will be collected from Ghana. Interviews, focus group discussions and document analysis are the main methods of inquiry.


The relevance of various theoretical approaches will be discussed. Postcolonial theories like cultural imperialism and resource dependency will be discussed. Also relevant, are macro-level theories of neo-pluralism and corporatism to ascertain the power relations between state and non-state sport organisations. Furthermore, meso-level analytical theories of public policy implementation such as top-down, bottom-Up and hybrid paradigms will be relevant, however, the Advocacy Coalition Framework (hybrid paradigm) will be the suggested analytical tool for the research.